Weekend Wrap Up

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Between my day job and client work, there will be times that I disappear for a bit. The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of commissions (thank you!), varying work schedules, making time for friends and carving out time to work on my own projects. This past weekend had it all.

Creative Mornings, a breakfast + lecture series in 120+ cities around the world, kicked off my weekend with some much needed motivation and the chance to catch up with other Indy creatives.

I work in a sun-lit arts, cultural and event venue, complete with a Saturday evening wedding. This was followed by “cake night” at a friend’s house with a goal of bringing a bit of cheer to friends after an especially trying week.

I then took Sunday as all mine in the studio. No client work, no commissions – nothing by my own passion projects and prep for my upcoming September show at Playful Soul in the Broad Ripple.

How was your weekend?

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Distraction!

This is to distract you from the fact that I haven’t posted anything new in a while…

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KITTENS! A friend is fostering and hand feeding a litter of three and I held this little one for HOURS last weekend. She’s three weeks old and milk-drunk in the last photo. I swear I’ve been making art this week too, but… kittens.

I’ll be back to regular updates soon.

Work in Progress: Red

The working title on this is Red. I’m not sure yet if I’ll come up with something better.

I’m a big fan of seeing the progression of other artist’s work. I like to see where it came from and that so many go through what I call the “ugly stage” – that point where you as the artist know what it’s going to look like, but you have to go through several more steps to get it there.

The third in the new series of small portraits, all that’s really left for Red is some minor detail and the addition of flowers in her hair.

Red Sketch

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Red is 7 x 5 inches, acrylic on wood and will be available, along with Blue Tattoo Girl, in my studio this Friday during IDADA First Friday at the Harrison Center for the Arts. If you can’t come see her in person, look for her in my Etsy Shop next week (unless she finds a new home on Friday ;) ).

Art Studio in a Bag

I carry a big purse, always have. Some people make fun of me for it. But every time I’ve tried to downsize, I miss my art supplies. I’ll explain.

If you’ve followed along with my blog for even a little while, then you know that I’m a sucker for sketchbooks. I carry one almost everywhere I go. I never know when I’m going to have five minutes of downtime and the urge to doodle or jot down an idea, or create a nearly finished work of art.

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Along with my sketchbook, I often have a zippered bag (pictured above – this one is from Blue Q via Silver in the City) full of a variety of pens, pencils, glue sticks, stickers, bits of scrap paper and more. So while I might need very little room for wallet, keys, phone and the like, having my sketchbook and something with which to draw is a must. It’s just how I roll.

So what’s inside? I love art supplies of any kind. Here’s a peek at what I usually have on me, hand drawn of course:

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What tools of the trade to you take along with you?

About Face

A lot of years ago I painted portraits and figures non-stop. You couldn’t make me draw or paint something abstract, now it seems that’s about all I do (and I love that too).

Recently, I started sketching some faces. They were a bit of an upgrade to the ones I did in high school and college (I’ll show you some of those in another post). The result is the start of a new series of small portraits, of no one in particular, on wood. I’m starting with 5 x7 inch ovals and 5 x 5 inch circles, but am already thinking of pieces a bit larger.

IMG_8182The first piece in this series, Blue Tattoo Girl, is complete and available in my Etsy shop. I’ll also have her and I hope others in my studio when I’m open for IDADA First Friday on August 7.

Here’s the evolution of Blue Tattoo Girl.

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Blue Tattoo Girl with watermark

And a sneak peek of the next one…

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Sketchbook Sunday: Social Sketch Edition

Social Sketch #2 was held earlier this week at the Eiteljorg Museum at a sweet spot along the downtown canal, complete with great friends (old and new) and live music. There was some gold panning too.

Some awesome drawings and paintings where made, in particular, this one by Laura Levine. Laura is mainly a ceramic sculptor who exhibits her work all around Indianapolis, but I was especially taken with these drawings of those around us that night.

With that, I’m giving this Sketchbook Sunday to Laura:

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Throwback Thursday: Downpour

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It’s been raining A LOT here in Indianapolis. Not just a bit of drizzle – we’ve had tree toppling, roof crushing, basement flooding rain in recent weeks. All this makes this painting, Downpour, seem especially appropriate for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

Created in 2009, Downpour was recently exhibited as part of The Water Show at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It’s back in the studio for the moment, but will hopefully be finding its way to a new home soon.