August 05, 2009
I'm playing Chris's game today!
This is a tessellating pattern I came up with a few weeks ago to challenge my mind and fill down time at work. I wanted to avoid making patterns that follow a square grid system. Also, I really like oceanic art (see detail below).
June 24, 2009
Responding in Kind
Chris, this is for you.
The summer solstice snuck up on me this year. I remember feeling just a few weeks ago that I was finally clear of the holiday hubbub--the feeling that there was some place to be or some function to attend from week to week. But the solstice was kind. With it came a rare Saturday at home, visiting dads on Sunday, eating out in celebration of another school year's close, and much sun.
That first paragraph of yours really got me thinking about this whole business of busyness. I think that adulthood really is a rush. It feels sometimes as though you have to attack it with full force or it will attack you. There's no room for stasis. Stasis = regression. But I also think that this thing called life is navigable. I think that you can slow things down just as easily as it all speeds up. The hard part about that is saying no when you really want to do and experience everything. Ironically, though, when you try to do it all, you end up doing nothing of consequence. I say all of that to acknowledge that there is virtue in living simply, cherishing family, and being selective with one's appointments.
I've been thrilled to see you showing at so many really interesting and awesome venues! I was really inspired by the 'Clipped' show you did way back in December. It made me get up and paint again. I had been exploring the relationship between fine art painting and the evolution of photography as an art form. I really could (should) write a paper about it or something because there are so many facets of that whole love-hate dance between the two mediums worth exploring. I painted a series of small works on the topic. I had the opportunity to show them at a cafe a few blocks away from our apartment as well as a few still lifes I forced myself to finish. I don't know if it's this way for you, but I find that when I start a painting--even with the best of planning--I eventually reach a point where I'm convinced that the project is just completely wrong. I end up letting it sit for a while. The unluckiest of them get gessoed over and recovered with another failure. And then when I finally force myself to finish the thing it somehow turns around and becomes a decent piece. Maybe I'm just finally over that freshman phase of not admitting when your 'art' is trash!
Work has been unusually busy but good. Working as an in-house designer is nice in some ways. The work is steady and somewhat predictable. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of firing my clients when they try to put their hands too deep into the project or play the art director when, really, they shouldn't (Just today someone wanted the medium-value background behind REVERSED text to be lighter!). But there are those projects that just lend themselves to really enjoyable plays on type and imagery and I wouldn't trade anything for them. I took a risk two years ago with a book cover and interior design for a science storybook. I wasn't sure if the publisher would be willing to take the risk with me since the science-minded are a typically literal-thinking folk. But they went with it! And when it came time to make it a series they were more than willing to take their hands off the reins and let me do whatever I wanted. And that second design ended up winning an award! I'm super excited about a third book in the series that I'll start working on in a few months. I'm thinking about taking it in a more arabesque direction.
I really can't wait to see photos of your studio space. Even some process video blog posts would be cool! I really enjoyed the podcast interview you and Annie participated in last year. Your switch to acrylic as opposed to oil really got me thinking about how life affects art. I think that those sorts of decisions really add value to the body of your work. I especially enjoy the botanical/beasties themes that you've been exploring. Oh, please let me know when you're looking for someone to put together a large-format retrospective book of your work!
Roussel is doing very well indeed! We've hung him in the guest bedroom/gallery space/reading room. Consequently, we painted the room a darkish grey-blue to really make the aqua and orange pop. It suits Roussel quite well.
Thanks for your update! I know that it steals precious time away from other things to sit down and write like that. I truly appreciate your sacrifice!
May 13, 2009
I'm bored today (though I did this during another bored spell several weeks back).
April 28, 2009
Summer is here. It seems to have come to the party early even though the invitation specifically said June 21st. Last Thursday I was wearing a jacket to work and the following Saturday the "RealFeel" was 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh, well. Summer, since you're here, you can help me set up the drinks table.
March 09, 2009
This is the process I used to create a logo concept for a department downstairs. The desired object for the logo is an anchor, but we're trying to communicate the same idea of being well-grounded while steering clear of marketing cliches. So, we're toying with other nautical imagery that plays on the same ideas/functions/goals of the department.
One idea is to do something with knots. I'm going to show you the drawing phases I used to create a mechanically flawless monkey fist knot. Monkey fist knots look cool.Continue reading "Another Knot"
March 05, 2009
Today we celebrate the Office Workaholic's birthday! Accordingly, I've made a quick card to pass around among the coworkers to record their congratulations and best wishes.
January 09, 2009
Here are the remaining eight illustrations! I just finished the last one this morning! Yay! I really enjoyed working on these, but I am very excited to be finished.