i've been drawing fairly frequently in my sketchbook.
if you look through my YEARS of sketchbooks you will notice a pattern. foliage + pets. pets + foliage.
there's something about plants -
i just like attempting to simplify a curve of a leaf or a petal in a singular contour line.
gets me every time.
the magnolias are blooming already. beautiful. i guess they aren't that early this year, but it's been like summer round these parts the last couple of days. i feel bad for all my mid west and east coast friends buried under mounds of snow...
i can't believe next week is the 2nd week of school. last week was the first. every semester i forget HOW TIRED i am after the first week. all the adrenaline. all the talking.
i have the i am mean and tough speech sprinkled w/ a tad of eccentric art professor down. [i think]. every semester i get a bit more curmudgeonly. every semester i try to really exemplify the fact that i am NO NONSENSE. because really - who wants to waste their time. this time i actually read john cages/sister corita kent's 10 rules out loud. each semester i make my case even shorter. you give what you get. i take this whole art business super serious [but of course i'm more than willing to make fun of it too]. i will give to you with the same intensity you give to me. if you 1/2 ass it, so will i. in a way each of my students gets an individual and incredibly personal experience. so let's do this, right? each year they look younger. each year i feel older. and so on and so on.
in my professional practice course they have to give short presentations on themselves/their work starting day 2. this freaks them out. but in a very good way. each semester i get giddy with their potential. it is wide open. it/they/we can go in any direction. it's all possible. and it's never the same. just like making work. even if you think you are repeating a process/technique it's actually never quite exactly the same. i think that's the big hook.
anyway. i'm not the only one drawing round these parts.
i happen to really love her interpretation of sponge bob. especially how she figured out how to make patrick have a pointy head. it's so direct. and squidward's tiki house is pretty darn great.
we also collaborated. i started with this mum [yes i know foliage]
and then she went NUTS.
OH. i was interviewed for this lovely website - she/folk. it's a woman centric space that focuses on dialogue and education. there's a lot there to peruse.
ok. next post will be a request... [again. some of you already know about this if you follow me on instagram, but... i want to post it here too]. soon...