Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This one's in progress. It's giant, about 4' by 5'. There's a puddle of graphite powder on the floor underneath it.
I guess that means I drew a baby Thumper, or preferably the baby version of that really sexy rabbit with the long ears who seduces him later on. She's a fox. I mean a rabbit.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I've left the many five year olds in my life to their own devices for the month of August, but can't seem to get them out of my head. April tells the kids stories about a group of Mutant Bears who live in High Park. I'm doing a series of illustrations inspired by the boys, and thought that was as good a place to start as any.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
a mockup in a crazy formation but it's getting closer...all the pieces are in order and i spent a lot of time transcribing interviews this afternoon. here are some samples of text that will be in the piece as well:
"My father played the piano by ear and I play it by ear, we all play the Mozart and we just love music. My sister sang a lot in church, but when you get older your voice drops down, just like everything else.
"It's very difficult being a grandmother. At first I thought it was easy but it's hard because the grandparent has lots of experience, and wants to influence the younger generation. But at the same time it causes conflict, because the experience of the youth is not the same as the experience of the older person."
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We finished our painting workshops a couple weeks ago and I'm now working on bringing it all together. The theme we were working with was story telling and personal histories. I'll be combining their paintings with my own portraits of the participants themselves, and with banners woven through of words and stories recorded during the seven sessions.
I'm still working on the technique for the portraits. Feedback?
Friday, March 5, 2010
I haven't had too much time to paint recently, so when I had a few hours in the studio this week I decided to just paint without thinking anything through too much. I have some larger projects in mind, but these are just games I'm playing with found images. I was angry painting on Monday so her face got a little abused, but aside from the aggression I was taking out on the wood panel, I've been thinking about how to dissolve the figure into the background, or rather into the painted space around it. Draw attention to the illusionness of figurative painting- it is just paint, gooey luscious oil paint (try to refrain from tasting it). So the just paintness of it.
These will get further abuse (or love) with wax and glazing once they're totally dry. I'm hesitant to pour the beeswax on before that oil film has really set- I think the shifting oil and wood could probably crack it. microcrystalline would work but it's not what i'm going for here.
I was at the Artist Project last night with my mom and I ran into Zane Turner. Listening to him talk about how pivotal Susan Scott's class was and the discovery of Tony Scherman's work was funny, it was so similar to my own narrative (although his painting is INSANE).
We were down there to see Tamara Weller, a super impressive young sculptor in the emerging artist section. Check her out this weekend if you get a chance, she was already getting chatted up by gallery types on opening night.
And another one from our weekly drawing session:
Liz was here at the studio a couple nights ago working on some encaustic monotypes. The process goes a little something like this:
- Paint directly onto the hotplate with cakes of encaustic paint, or melt the encaustic paints in tins and paint onto the plate with a brush.
- Draw into the wash of paint using oil sticks or oil pastels.
- Press your paper (any medium weight paper suitable for printmaking) onto the mess of pigment and hot wax.
If you clean off the hotplate and lay your print on the hotplate face up, I bet you could manipulate the wax on the warm paper , and add some new layers as well (just a hypothesis, we haven't tried that yet).
Nice work, Liz.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
From top to bottom: 'The Dead Flower' by Lindsey, 'Untitled' by Emma, 'Funky Animals' by Poppy.
We're starting a new session this week at La Muse Art Studio on College St. W. The class is Painting and Drawing, for 7-12 year olds.
I'm really excited about these kids. The last pieces they did were Nick di Genova-inspired mutant animal ink drawings. Wow.
This session we'll be continuing with ink into comic books, then jumping off of comics to pop art and graf.
Painting and Drawing
La Muse Art Studio, College at Dovercourt
Email me if you know a creative kid who'd like to join the class!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
we've been getting together in the studio once a week to draw each other. it's awesome, and open to everybody and free, so come join us if you don't mind taking your turn and standing still for ten minutes. we promise to draw very flattering pictures of you.
Three of my paintings are on view at Whippersnapper this month, until February 26. They're from last spring, when I was thinking a lot about the dynamics of a close relationship - at times wanting to be enclosed by and defined by the other person, and struggling against those constraints at other times. so.
go see it! 16 other talented newbies too, including the always awesome Hanna Hur.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Late Night in the Bedroom is a really sweet online art show brought to you (I believe) by the folks at Whippersnapper Gallery. The last episode, filmed in our building here in Chinatown, featured an interview with the spectacular Laurie Kang (also known on blogto as the hot server from that hot restaurant) (also known for being a great photographer and also my studiomate, although probably I'm known as her studiomate since she's so much famouser than I am) (Laurie don't be mad that I said you were known for being the hot server - I just report the facts). There's also a beautiful little segment with Evening Hymns playing a song on the roof.
The taping was really fun, so you should try to get invited to the next one, taking place this wednesday at Show and Tell Gallery. I think Everything All The Time will be playing. Go to the Late Night website for the deets.