Sunday, December 28, 2008

drawings in progress

one segment joint of a larger drawing.

Good lighting is imperative for photos of drawings to come out well, so I won't disgust you with any more photos such as this. I did want to share that there are now 3.5 drawings for the CMYK series in progress. I'll have to post more photos as I take better ones with good light.

This work, read more on the CMYK blog entry in the month of November, is a practice in patient, accurate mark making. I find myself working for hours, amazed by my slow progress, then stunned by the good result. Furthermore, I've decided to develop compositions only based on the original color printer test prints that inspired the first work. I realize there was a quality to the first print and the first drawing that doesn't exist in all print outs from any and all printers. That should be a given... are color test prints an aesthetically purposeful layout of color and form? I'd like to know who decides the orientation, size and color of the marks. Is everything printed solely to orient and reset the printer cartridge?

In either case, I still want to see color test prints. A trip to FedEx Kinko's to inquire of their test prints (wasted paper) ended up with confused looks and finished with, "Sorry... I guess I can't help you." Really? I just want your trash... oh well. I did receive 3 beautiful prints from a friend of mine that struck my aesthetic bone similarly to the first print I found.

And so, I should sum this up to say that I realized the world of color theory and composition in terms of minimalism is continually complex. The journey to satisfaction is long and requires empirical research through practice.

Perfect. I appreciate the practice. This is a welcome addition to my work at large, which addresses the repetition of practice.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

We went to see this movie last night and we were sad that it had to end. If you're a holiday movie watcher, this is your movie.
Otherwise, watch this movie anyway.
See what movie review website Rotten Tomatoes says :

Thursday, December 18, 2008

it's not about race

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the kiln opened this evening after the last firing phase for this project and let it be known that none of my ceramics blew up in the kiln!!! AND they look like these! (20 or so each) This is a very important, document-able moment where the artist is found swelling with tearful joy at the simple discovery of her own work. Also important is that this kind of success inspires new energy for continued work. Thank God.

"I love everybody." -Lyle Lovett

The title of this post refers to my distaste for discussions about Barack Obama's skin color.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Trying to stay on TOP here. Thinking about how I need to get a Walter Hopps in my life... Watch The Cool School and you'll know what I mean.

Friday, December 5, 2008

over 100

Today is the day that I made it over one-hundred! That is, posts on this very blog.
I'm still poking away at my needle felted birds... 40 down, 60 to go!
Here are birds from today, yesterday and the day before (not including the newest ceramic birds).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ceramics of november

I'm working in ceramics for the first time in 6 years. I think we fire the first time today. These birds reference the harder side of my soft felt birds. Innocent rigidity... more fragile.