| 05 September, 2011 11:55
In this journal, most of these pages were started in the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. When I looked at my old work I was critical, forgetting I was younger, and wanted to discard it. Now, I see the results of practice and appreciate the journey my art has taken.
The picture above was originally started with a felt tipped pen. When I reworked it I added water which blurred the lines and scraped paint over it which obscured the picture more and gave it a misty, watery look that I liked. I then added colored pencil for further effect.
A detail of the above.
This picture above is a homage to 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'. A greyhound replaces Clifford and the little girl I drew when I was 12 although the necklace is a current addition. I have greyhounds so more often then not they are the impromptu models. I drew this greyhound on Penny paper and collaged on the page. I love this picture because it is so silly. Being silly is part of being a kid and I think being a little silly as an adult can be good thing.
This last pictures makes me realize how much artistically I have changed and yet have stayed the same.
| 14 August, 2011 08:09
One of the things I like about my sketchbooks and journals is their lack of rules and their busyness.
I draw a lot thus I have a lot of drawings and by revisiting old artwork I solve artistic problems and create new pieces. Solutions are found by rework, color, tearing, collage and/or discarding. My objection to the statement of a piece of artwork is never finished is sometimes I don’t want to push it further. However, I think my instructor’s point was to not settle but to keep exploring and learning.
The image below had quite a few images but I only kept the dancing fox which is very silly. I covered the rest with collage material, sequins, and a fish print ( done by Karin Sanborn). The combination was arranged more the because of their color than subject matter. Although, if you really wanted to ponder it, the illustration covers all the elements, water(fish), earth (fox), air (birds), and fire (red and orange paint) but it wasn't intentional. It was one of my solutions to cover up what I didn't like and to see how unrelated elements worked
The page below is another case of covering up bad drawings with collage elements of paint,paper, and little pics of a previous greyhound. It made a silly picture. I saw a dog in the randomly scraped paint so that how another dancing canine ended up my in journal. The conjoined spiders were created from hole punched paper scrap.
I have to apologize for the abrupt end to my last entry. I am still learning the inner working of a blog. The fact that I have gotten this far is a minor miracle.
Until the next time, Andrea
| 12 August, 2011 09:54
This is a view into my sketchbooks and journals. I have always had sketchbooks but a lot of the works remained sketches and few ever evolved into a finished drawing. But I changed my mind about this. I had an illustration instructor who said ‘a piece of artwork is never finished’. It was a statement that I immediately disagreed with but the statement always stuck with me. When I approached my old sketchbooks, I wondered what more can be done with these pages. Why not work on, change, or alter the drawings I had started so many years ago? In short, why not finish these? The answer was to draw and paint further and find out.
The following works started in 1980. Some thirty years later I completed them but who know what will happen in the following years...
The below is detail of a page with many pictures started in 1980. This detail I found funny with the crown and facial expression.Below it is a quick sketch of a horse. I didn't currently alter it much other than scraping over a coat of pearlescent paint over the page with a credit card. In the early 80's, my father's friend had a sheep dog who I adored and consequently, made it into my sketchbook. The below's theme (clothing, hat, piano etc) I cannot explain. Perhaps, I was challenged at having to make the dog's front legs straight while standing and this was a shortcut. But who knows? Recent changes, have been washes and gluing the little sheep dog picture in the right hand corner.
Animals are a recurring theme in my artwork so be