While in Charleston, I got to see one of the remaining “Power and Glory” murals by Shepard Fairey (and the Obey team). The “Green Power” mural is really sweet too! But it is a shame that this mural has been painted over and essentially destroyed.
It’s the year of Snow White, apparently (what with two “re-imagined” major motion pictures opening). Thankfully, I can ignore those movies and put all my excitement into the new book which is illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia. She recently had a book signing and opening of “Snow White: The Complete Works on Paper” at the Michael Kohn Gallery. Her work for “Snow White” is absolutely stunning.
Sherry is getting a tattoo and I helped her work it up. It’s based off an illustration that she likes from a book (though I’ll be damed if I can remember which one). So with a few additions/modifications, it’s ready to be plastered on her foot for all eternity. “Get thee to Ye Ole Tattoo Parlor, Shortlegs!”
Rough Pencil Sketch
Finished Inked Version
Even though my birthday was last month, I received a late gift last night and it is freakin’ awesome!!! I have a thing for propaganda iconography, and this book hits the spot.
And …. I always feel conflicted after the stroll.
Then I get home and I am looking at the business cards and brochures for the artists who’s stuff I like and I get depressed. Yeah, I get depressed.
I get depressed because 20 years ago I was drawing, painting and making stuff all the time. I don’t do that anymore. It’s maybe (and that’s a big *maybe*) once every six months that grab a pencil and doodle something out. And yet, we spent the day yesterday seeing people that have studios and are doing it … making art on a regular basis.
Could it be my job that keeps me from it? Does that funnel what creativity I have away from doing “art” on my own and into just doing “design” for work? Could it be that I have worked so long moving things around in InDesign and Illustrator that I just don’t know how to get what I want out of a pencil or a brush.
I started a couple of art pieces earlier this year. They each got to a certain point and I just stopped working on them. They looked okay, but I felt like if I somehow managed to actually finish them they would probably suck. And if I ever did work up the nerve to show them to people they would be thinking all the same thoughts I have when I see that really bad art on the Studio Stroll.
Ultimately, what it probably boils down to is my utter terror of failure.
And I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I should quit whining about my lack of initiative and fear of failure on the art front and just get off my duff and start doing it. And you’d be right.
Annual Studio Stroll Shadows: Chas., Franke and Susan
Yup. I bought another Susan Livengood painting. As you might have guessed … I really dig her work. This is is somewhat different as she did it in acrylics rather than oils.
“Seussical” is now done … which means moving forward onto the rest of the work of the season (posters, banners, newsletters, ads, website updates, etc.). How the hell did I ever get in this deep? Yikes. I remember the good ‘ol days of just doing the posters. Speaking of which … here’s the next one, fresh from approval by the man in charge.
I would much rather be spending money on this super cool Glenn Barr art print than having new tires put on the Bug today. I hate adulthood.
First Color Pass
Now that I have this fancy new easel, I am trying out oil paints. This is just the start but I am already feeling like I have no style or technique. More painting will be done this weekend …