read | challenge 2017.
In 2017, I agreed to take on a Reading Challenge. I don’t normally participate in those kinds of things because I like to read what I want, when I want, but this one seemed interesting and reasonable and maybe a challenge is good for me. The 2017 challenge prompted a read every two weeks or…
inspiration | murakami.
I recently went to see Takashi Murakami’s major exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and it was jaw dropping in its inspiration. The Octopus Eats its Own Leg is staggering and his attention to ancient Japanese practice to inform contemporary work really impressed upon me. The pattern above now serves as a major…
inspiration | notes.
I have a lot of sketchbooks. Ones that are half filled, ones that are entirely filled, ones never touched. I start them, I stop them, sometimes, I finish them, whatever that means. But, nothing is more special to me than the way I conceive of my music podcast, available at my other love, P+C. It’s…
sketchbook | defend.
I’ve been working on a First 100 Days sketchbook as a way to address my pent up anger and to try and put this time, and these feelings, into my artwork and express. I recently made a #nodapl block print–an issue extremely close to me as a Native American. It should be an issue important…
succulents + gouache.
Sean and I have been messing more and more with gouache painting. Last Saturday, we decided to pain some succulents + cacti. Sean was really deepening his color palettes by layering and I was working the opposite by totally washing everything out since I want to be better with the water side of paints and…
Getting back to my gouache paints this past weekend, I fooled around with lightly washed color backgrounds and black and white pepperoni pizzas. Silly painting, but fun to spread out on the dining room table and paint again.
Sean and I are sending out hand drawn Christmas cards to our friends this year. This set of Pendleton stockings will be scanned and printed on card stock. Final result pictures forthcoming. Merry, merry.
Sean and I finally decided on some art for our bedroom. It’s one of the last places where we hadn’t picked a single thing for the walls. I think this R.C. Gorman is perfect for the space. Next spring, we might change the wall color. Home decorating is a process; I’m slow, at times, to…
Lakeside. Summer is officially over in terms of my working/non working life. But, I can think about those lazy days painting and reading. What should I paint next?
Trying to get back to my sketchbook. On and off, throughout the years, I have been faithful to my sketchbook. Other times, not so much. But the sketchbook is the opportunity to practice art, doodle, think, write, be inspired. A lot of crazy weird things have come out of it. So here’s a recent entry,…
I need to get back to sketching. I haven’t done much drawing this year.
My sister is a talented artist; she can draw and paint anything, but her work as a medical illustrator and animator often plays a huge role in her personal art work, too. She recently gifted me this drawing of the merging between my favorite: a saguaro cactus and the bones of a hand. It’s brilliant…