Results of consistency, L to R: Study Books May 2010-May 2014, Cabbage 2014
I baby my study books. Every time one is finished, it gets archived, a self satisfying ritual I’ve come up with. The book gets a uniform look with a business card on the outside so that in case it were to get lost the owner is notified, on the inside page, the start and end dates get penned in permanent ink. Then, all the ones prior to the current book come out and I peruse through them half gloating, half amused but always completely refreshed. The books are very personal and by being that, they tell you your artistic journey to you. You see your struggles and the successes, draw lessons and energy for one more of these study books. This part is the highlight of ending one. Being an engineer by religion, I gather statistics too and try to correlate data e.g. number of sketches to number of frame worthy paintings and having made no correlation, I retire these books back to their place of archival – the garage.
Until May 22, when my Study Book #4 arrives, I will just paint more to get over #3.
My painting that won the 3rd place ribbon is at the very right!
Go to http://www.scvws.org/gallery.php?cat=44 to see a photo of me with other winners as well!
I happened to see a sale sign in a hobby shop which was letting us have 4 sheets of stiff paper for a $1. Treat! Top left, Chinese takeout box made without any cuts except for the part where the opposite flaps engage eachother. Teal box made for neighbor’s daughter who is into Teal these days along with my regular recycled magazine paper bows.
Now for some exhibition of this year’s paper ornaments. Check them out –
2013 has been a year that has put day work ahead of family and passions for crafts, sports, health care. This sketch came about as a chance happening when we found ourselves with too little time to complete any other chore but long enough to stroll around a park while we were in Fremont.
My solo show ends on March 30 with a live painting demonstration! Ending a show is beginning of something new. A new subject, a new style. Let’s renew – together!
Baby steps toward rehabilitating myself to be an artist. 3″ x 5″ sketch in ink filled in studiously with watercolors as though color in by number instructions resided in my head.
It’s odd, but I think I need 2-3 days of workout to get the cobwebs out and creative juices flowing. Sitting in front of my amplifiers too long. Aging away.