|In process - The Penitent Otter|
Why penitent? Because in preparing to go out of town last week, my entry ended up being a little lame - I will try to make up for it this week (and look, my apology comes with an otter - visual bribery ;) ).
While in the city, I visited MoMA. I didn't understand some of the exhibitions, but there were other things that were amazing:
|David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1896–1974) |
Collective Suicide, Lacquer on wood with applied sections,
49" x 6', MoMA Number:208.193
(I think "Applied sections" means collage [:)!] and look how
it almost looks like marbling,[!!] and the lacquer unifies the
surface and keeps the parts from warping [hmmmm..]
*On a side note, spreading the art-love - There's a big James Ensor show at the Art Institute of Chicago right now: Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor," including the massive, 51 piece drawing, "The Temptation of St. Anthony" which hasn't left it's home in Belgium since the 1950's (fragile). If, like me, a mid-winter trip to Chicago is not in the cards, have no fear, the interactive catalogue is online for free (Free!)
|Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901),|
Cover for Old Stories (Les Vieilles Histoires),
1893, Lithograph, 13 3/8 × 21 7/16," MoMA Number:140.1946
Benny Andrews (American, 1930–2006), No More Games, 1970,
Oil on canvas with collage of cloth and canvas,
Diptych, 8' 4 7/8" x 49 7/8"and 8' 4 7/8" x 51",
I love the way he uses the fabric collage and the plants. I hadn't known/
remembered that this is a diptych [hmmmm]
|This isn't a DiChirico, but it looks like one, right?|
(haha, I was excited that I even got the plane with vapor trail
in the photo as the train zoomed by
[pats, self on back])
Because TSA frowns on putting carving tools in one's carry-on (and I refuse to check luggage), I decided that I'd work on polyester plates while I was away. This worked out well since the plates fit in page protectors just like a sheet of paper and the only drawing materials I needed were pens. I got inspired by the Toulousse-Lautrec show to try lithography crayon (and, looking at the photos, the idea of the bear might have come from there too.) But I wouldn't want the bear to be lonely, so I divided the sheet into quadrants and drew, lion, tiger, bear, (+ pony/unicorn with a lovely collaged horn because i wouldn't want any of the plate to go to waste).
Also, I tried another plant
|I like the crayon in the animals, but not sure what I think about it|
in the leaves...
Also, I took advantage of the nice weather to photograph. I know, they aren't all exactly cheery, but I had a great time listening to an audiobook and photographing (in a t-shirt on Christmas day too!).
|fruit aesthetically arranged by Mom :)|
|Along with the habit of "still lifing" my fruit, it seems|
that I may have inherited my love of black and white stripes :)
|I wore a black dress and a locket from|
a flea market as my own version of
Victorian mourning wear after the
"Death Becomes Her" exhibitionat the Met,
but I cheeried it up with happy shoes
(from the second hand store -for less than a
cup of fancy coffee - unworn - gold star!))
I had a wonderful time visiting with my family and friends. When I got home, I was happy to be reunited with the feline assistants, plants, and blocks and carving tools. I drew the otter right away directly on the block.
|drawing on block.|
The paper at the bottom is reserved on purpose so that I can cut a slit in the water and slide the otter in. This gives a second attachment of surface for glue (the back of the otter is glued down on top and the flap is glued from the back to front) Also, the paper can be cut so that it holds the otter in place, so that it's not stressing the glue as much (or if the glue fails... ) Also,the otter would actually emerging from the water not sitting on top, so I try to get the collage structure as close reality as possible.
|This is a good example from Queen of Blue Birds - the plant|
in continuous and goes through the hand so that it's actually holding it.
But I don't want to end the year with my "adhesive issues," so I present - kitty in a box :)
Happy 2015 and Thank you for following! Cheers to a year filled with much art and happiness!