A new series or two is in my brain somewhere, I feel it. (I am trying harder to have more faith in myself.) I could also continue my wood panel series. I'm going to start photographing my work professionally, now that I know how to do it correctly. I was required to take a $675 class on it, after all. It's time to use those skills.
I'll be documenting progress on my drawings here. I am lucky to have a professor who has a contemporary and progressive idea of what defines a drawing. We are allowed to do pretty much anything we want to do. Drawing has come a long way since the days of graphite, conte, charcoal, or pastel on paper. Artists are currently working with a wide array of non-traditional materials, including fabric, thread, paper mache, collage, and other ephemera. A drawing can also lean towards 3-D, with sculptural elements being used in ways which can be compared to the work of the legendary Robert Raschenburg.
My favorite book on contemporary drawing is Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing, by Emma Dexter. It's an absolutely gorgeous hardcover book, a book any artist or art appreciator would love to own.
With a new semester at hand, and a few other personal projects in-progress (like quilting and dressmaking), I know I will have to keep up an anti-stress regimen consisting of yoga, eating right, and getting enough sleep. I have a trove of ways to beat creative burn-out, too. Taking a drive with my cameras is one of my favorite ways to clear my mind while keeping creative vibes in my soul. If I am stuck at home, (it happens often, being a single mother) I tend to either browse around the net, or have a look through my growing collection of art books.
I believe most artists shop around for inspiration, especially when deadlines are approaching and we're feeling burnt-out or need extra motivation. I am still feeling the aftershock of last semester's workload. I was actually able to complete 31.5 (should've been 32, I'm not perfect) drawings. I thought I might go out-of-my-mind for awhile there, to be honest. Nevertheless, here I am, still alive, and ready-ish to begin all over again with a clean slate.
My aesthetic has developed into something best described as feminine, melancholic, and ethereal, with a psychological derivative. A few artists I've been interested in include Marlene Dumas, Chloe Piene, Peregrine Honig, Seonna Hong, and Holly Farrell. What a dream-to be as successful as these amazingly talented women someday. If I tell myself it could happen, it just might. You never know...
|The Cover Up, Marlene Dumas|
|Cleo, Chloe Piene|
|Induced Birth, Peregrine Honig|
|Unlisteners, Seonna Hong|
|Tammy 2010, Holly Ferrell|