The end of the year always brings about an increase in “busy”. This isn’t always a bad thing. I actually like being busy as long as it’s quality over quantity.
This year will be no exception. I’m working away on a couple commissions, sending in work for consideration in exhibitions and trying my best to make make work for me.
When I can’t get to the studio though, I’ve been spending a lot of time with line-making in my sketchbook. It’s become meditative and often occurs in the midst of meetings and deep conversations with others. If you catch me doodling while we’re talking, don’t worry. I listen better while drawing.
New in the line of portraits I’ve been working on in the last couple months is Mer. She hints at her mermaid-ness while keeping the focus on her face. She’s also now available in my Etsy Shop for you to take home.
The first is a solo show at the Playful Soul. This one features a mix of old and (mostly) new paintings and drawings centered around the theme of openness and space. Breathing Space has about twelve pieces, several utilizing the white ink drawing over dark blue watercolor backgrounds that I’ve been so loving lately.
The second show is Drawing Conclusions at Ashland Gallery. With over forty established and emerging artists showing off their drawing skills, I’m in good company.
Each show is about a block from the the other so I encourage you to see both, along with the many artists throughout Broad Ripple.
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.
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.
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:
What tools of the trade to you take along with you?
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.
The 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.
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.