Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pages in a Book

More pages from the blank sketchbook. It's becoming a great exercise on thought process and journaling. I haven't done it in quite a while. My previous journals were endless thoughts poured onto pages until I forgot what I was writing about. This piece is teaching me to put one or so thoughts per page then elaborate with drawings, collage and paint. The way I have always wanted to journal ~ I am training myself to do so........

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

IF: Repair

Realizing too LATE that I just finished last weeks topic which was 'late', I quickly made this painting of the right topic for the week. If you would like to see the 'late' piece please view my entire blog.

IF: Late

From one of the pages inside my "Good Fish Die" sketch diary. I enjoyed using Illustration Friday's topic into the book. Good way to keep myself sketching and also continually entering each week.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Book Beginnings

The other day I was in my friend's neighborhood and stumbled across the art store I vaguely remember seeing from the freeway about a million times. It took me back to the days I was in design school for the first time ~ loads of vellum and rapidograph pens. An art store is (me) as a kid in a candy store. The first isle I walked down I came across this blank sketchbook. Not only was it blank inside (like all good sketchbooks should be), it was also blank on the outside. A pretty white canvas for me to create the entire book myself. There are so many times that I have wanted decorate or redo, if-you-will, the cover of my sketchbooks but never really do. This one completely lent itself to creating the perfect personalized cover. Added bonus for me with this particular book was that it had very few pages...28 to be exact... because my problem always lies with never finishing a sketchbook. They are always big and thick like a novel to read or something. I put it down ~ forget about sketching or use other books, until another really great one I MUST HAVE comes along. It's a bad habit ~~ because how am I to publish my sketchbook memoirs ~~ if I never finish one.

I am truly hoping ~ with all the willpower I can muster ~ I finish this precious little journal. Thanks for stopping by, I'll post the progress.

Monday, October 13, 2008

IF: Strings

I like to use string/thread often in my artwork. This actually a fragment of my self portrait I did back in August for my mom. It works with the theme once dissected. It's a great way to reinvent and reuse art.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Vaute Couture's Design Contest - the vaute

Leanne Hilgart Meyer of Vaute Couture recently found my blog, from my IF: Clique entry. She asked me to enter a contest for her company :

There were three differnt coats to design...I entered all threee catagories. I loved doing the project so much that it inspired me to continue with some of the designs even past their deadline.

Please let me know what you think.

This is 'the vaute' it is inspired by the classic peacoat with a girlie-girl style. It is a charcoal grey outter with a silky turquoise liner for a fun pop of color. Wear it to class, the grocery store or out to lunch.

the awe also... IF: Sugary

This one is for the most haute couture coat. It's for a bride at her winter wedding or for a holiday party goer. The glittery snow fall reminds me of sugar ~ and what a sweet thought for a winter wedding.

the el

This jacket was to be long like a trench. The outline was for a dramatic coat a Chicago winter girl with beauty, brains and heart.
All of the coats themselves are cut paper with the paintings underneath.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

IF: Packed

This piece more represents baggage then packed but the suitcase is packed with a lot of crap that needs to be let go. This is the first of a triptych self portrait I started in school in 2003. I have the other two pieces drawn out but never got around to painting them, guess I'm not quite ready to get rid of the baggage?? This is one of favorites from my collection. It's dark and moody. I place I wish I could take my painting style more. ~~** shrug**~~