I find myself at a point where I have so much to say and none of it do I actually want to articulate. Reasons why I’m a visual artist, I can be too expansive otherwise. So instead here are two things - a drawing I did to practice since I’ve been traveling a bit and away from my studio (you can see more of these sketches in my digital sketchbook or on my Instagram), and my new adventure - surface pattern design. Has a sexy ring to it, no? I’ll find the energy to want to talk about it eventually, but for now it’s new, taxing, thrilling, satisfying, and disheartening all at once. You can click here to see all the patterns I’ve designed so far (I’ll explain that Sultry Vintage thing another time. It’s a long story), and hopefully in the near future you can plaster your walls, hide under the covers, and sew your own clothes out of the designs I’ve created. Your life, completely visually tailored by yours truly. Fancy.
Recently found myself on a train rolling back and forth across the country, so of course I had to document it the best way I know how. Did a digital sketchbook as it’s easier to carry a stylus and iPad than an entire paints set (also, I’ve ruined more physical sketchbooks traveling than I care to remember), so here’s the results. I can’t even begin to describe how difficult it is to sketch while being steadily jostled on a train for hours on end, so while I wish I’d done more sketches during my time spent back east, the protracted concentration needed to create these pieces on the journey demanded I give it a rest - until I was on the return trip with lots of time on my hands. (click the image below to view.)
January’s almost gone and this is the first bit of art I’ve done yet in 2019. Adult responsibilities… goooo away. Anyway, you can find prints of this in my online shop. Hopefully I’ll have time to lock myself away in my studio soon and finish/start a few paintings. Here’s to hoping!
Been about a year since I was totally bent on Brando's intense gaze. High time I got back to it.
One of the artists I adore the most is having an exhibit open this week at the Chrysler Museum, so of course that got me in the mood for a drawing. Under the influence of Toulouse-Lautrec.
You make dozens of drawings of Marlon Brando's eyes. Because when things in life are not going your way there's nothing like a smoldering gaze to make things all better.
Haven't drawn in a while. It's making me happy so I'm rolling with it. These are a few of my favorites. Click any to enlarge. All are charcoal pencil on paper.
My hallway into our guest bedroom, aka, The Chill Chamber, aka, La Jolla, aka, whatever we decide to call it each day. Gouache on paper.