Tomorrow's the big day! Ya ready?
So you know how sometimes when you apply to illustration contests and don't hear back you think, "maybe my email just got lost somehow" and that never really happens? Well SOMETIMES IT DOES. Very happy and surprised to find out this little stitchin' of Ms. Clinton was selection to appear in the American Illustration annual this year. You can see a slideshow of all the winners here.
I love etching! I first discovered this type of printmaking during my 5th (and most fruitful!) year of undergrad with Michael Krueger's intaglio class. Then I became a graphic designer and didn't make any prints for many years. I was reunited with printmaking again in grad school when I audited Bruce Waldman's intaglio class at SVA. And then, once again, work and photoshop took over and I didn't make any prints for about 4 years. Then this spring I got the itch! I had a fever and the only solution was more etching. I signed up for Amanda Maciuba's intaglio class at the Lawrence Arts Center. It was such a great experience. Amanda had an answer for my MULTITUDE of questions. Seriously, this girl is an encyclopedia. The LAC facilities are AWESOME. I highly recommend a class there if you ever get the chance. In fact, I just signed up for another. Silkscreen coming late spring 2016.
This is the main result of this session's class. I've been working on some projects that are taking some major brain power, so for this class I wanted to turn it all off and just make a print of my cat, dammit. So I did. I was even able to make a small edition. I put a few of the prints up in my shop if you are interested in one.
I have a confession to make. I actually really like winter! I like doing inside things. I like eating comfort foods, watching basketball and piling on the layers. I feel cozy and comfortable and it's nice. There's a little part of me that get's a little sad when the sun stays out later. And March? Please. What a tease. You can take March.
But once we hit mid-April, it's ON. Spring seems to be in town to stay and I'm ready to embrace it whole heartedly. For instance, earlier this week I took a detour from my usual running route to stop by the Kauffman Memorial Garden and I was BLOWN AWAY. The tulips were in full bloom. I almost couldn't believe my eyes. The very next day I said to hell with all deadlines (and other projects I can't tell you about yet) and took the day to visit the garden with my watercolors.
Now I just want to ENVELOP myself in these yummy colors! And, thanks to the weird glorious site that is Society6, I can! I put my paintings on a whole bunch 'o crap so you can too!
While we're still quite a few months away from barefoot weather, a brief break from work and slightly sunnier days have put me in a summer state of mind. I'm hoping to take part in a few sales this summer and would love to start including some original paintings (a throughout studio clean out has emphasized the necessity of this). I've always wanted to revisit a quick plein air painting I did during "The Big Pic-Nic" at the Nelson-Atkins a couple years ago. Instant summer!
I got a piece in Society of Illustrators this year! Neat. Here is the piece, lovingly titled Endless Summer. You know, that point in the summer, usually mid-August where the pool water is just a little too warm, the days a little too long and everything a little too saturated? It will be on display in NYC in early January, so yes, basically the furthest point from that time of year.
I won't be able to attend the reception as I will be reenacting this scene in Hawaii at that time, so if you make it, snap a picture for me won't you?
Our beloved Royals have won the World Series! We have just LOVED watching these boys play all year. Way to go guys. We knew you could do it!
It's spring, and I've been pretty obsessed.
Missouri + Alpaca = MOPACA! Did you hear (you probably did)? I went to an Alpaca show over the weekend! I planned to stay an hour or so. Pet some alpacas, but some yarn….4.5 hours later I walked out of there with a sketchbook full of goodies.
Alpacas are such a funny looking animal, but they are also sweet (albeit smelly).
Most had no problem with visitors stopping by for a pet (or a hug!).
The judging process did seem to be a little stressful for them. But it was sweet to see their handlers comfort them, hold them, and try to get them to settle down.
Sometimes a place just strikes me. I love those foggy March days where everything is so grey except the tiniest buds or blades of grass just starting to peep through the earth. Spring is definitely creeping in and starting to make her presence known.
All images shown are of Potter Lake (which let's be honest is really more of a pond!) on the University of Kansas Campus.
The next segment of drawings were created on days that barely made it to the double digits up to today, where we hit a balmy 77...so in Kansas speak, over the last three weeks. Enjoy!
Looking forward to even more outdoor drawing as the weather gets even nicer! Be sure you don't miss Wednedays in Lawrence Part 1!
As many of you know, for the past two semesters, I've been teaching a class at my alma mater, The University of Kansas. This semester, I've decided to make the most of my 40 minute drive up to LFK (for the non-kansan) and start a weekly sketchbook project. Every Wednesday I'll spend an hour or two before or after class sketching on campus or somewhere around town. Typically, I'll go back to my studio and "complete" the pieces (so, no, not dragging an entire paint set around with me). Here are the results of my recent outings. I'll update here periodically, but be sure to follow my tumblr blog or for weekly updates!
After spending the majority of the holidays either sick and feeling utterly unmotivated to create, I was thrilled when the temps soared last Friday and I was able to get down to The Plaza to sketch! If you haven't yet been down to see one of Kansas City's favorite holiday attractions, you better hurry! Tonight is the last night. Below is my favorite painting of the the bunch. Check out my tumblr page for all my sketches!
Did you hear? Have you heard the news? THE Kansas City Royals are in the World Series!! I am so excited, I took a moment today to letter this little homage. I have a very big deadline looming and definitely did not have time for such matters, so I hope that speaks to how FREAKIN' EXCITED I am! Let's go boys, our work is not done yet!
During the Brush Creek Art Walk I had an epiphany. I've always been of the mindset that watercolor is somewhat of a quick medium. It's not like oil or colored pencils where you can spend hours and hours building up an image. If you paint over a watercolor too much, you just get mud. While the act of watercolor is relatively fast, the thought process behind it can be excruciatingly slow. It's a lot of testing out colors to make sure you get just the right one (there's no going back, no command-Z!) and reverse thinking on how to get the highlights and shadows just right.
After being disappointed in how far I could get during the first two-hour quick paint competition at the Art Walk, I decided to keep it small for the second. This image measures 5'x5' and took about an hour and a half.
It was a blast. So. I did some more. I think I would like to make this a regular thing. After all, I can always spare an hour and a half in the name of watercolor.
And speaking of thought process, I took some photos of my plaza painting along the way to make this litter gif. I like gifs.
My summer sketch club has been seeing the sights this summer! While we typically frequent iconic locations in Kansas City, this past week we hit the road and traveled west to Lawrence, Kansas ( aka Larryville, L-Town, LFK and the Home of the Jayhawks). If you know very little about me, you probably know that Lawrence holds a very special place in my heart.
If you know a little more about me, you know that I used to play the clarinet. I played throughout college on a scholarship and even a little while after with various groups including the Lawrence City Band.
The band plays every Summer Wednesday in South Park located in downtown Lawrence. Having been a former musician with the band I knew that they also rehearse two hours before every concert at KU's Murphy Hall. I shot off a quick email to the director and got the ok to come draw the musicians during their rehearsal.
It wasn't until I was in that room drawing and listening to the music that I realized how much I missed playing myself. I did the math and figured that I spent approximately 1080 hours playing in that rehearsal room in Murphy Hall during my college days! That doesn't include the time spent in my professor's office or the creepy old practice rooms on the top floor (that I'm now kicking myself that I didn't draw as well!). It's no wonder old memories surfaced.
This post goes out to my old band buds, especially those who are still making music. In whatever capacity! It takes effort and you rock (or toot or blow :)
It's officially summer in these parts. And you know what, it hasn't been terrible! I've been keeping very busy these days teaching drawing at KCAI, working for Petite Alma, Storybird, and a very new exciting book project! I've also started up a drawing on location group here in Kansas City (just like the one in NYC last summer). It's been a lot of fun exploring my hometown, meeting new people and seeing everything through new eyes.
Last week we met at the Plaza (and outdoor shopping area in midtown KC). I live near by, so I actually come down to draw at the Plaza quite a bit. I've been enamored with the J.C. Nichols fountain and the sculptures of the horses that represent four major rivers of the world (The Mississippi, Volga, Seine and Rhine). After Sketch Club was over, I passed by the fountain on my way home and was just stunned by how pretty it looked all lit up. It was a have-to-draw moment.
Of course, this isn't what I sat down and painted on location! I've been wanting to experiment with taking my sketchbook drawings and paintings and turning them into more refined larger paintings and practice my watercolor skills in the process. This piece is 12x16" and done completely in watercolor with a bit of white gouache (look ma, no photoshop!).
Keep in mind, this was not my first shot at the fountain. I've been drawing it regularly all spring and have finally captured all four horses. Here are a few of my other Fountain pieces:
Obsessions are fun, aren't they? While I sometimes post my location drawings on this blog, I always post them on my tumblr, so make sure to follow me there as well!