Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sewing

This Christmas I received a Singer sewing machine that I had asked for after I tried my hand at sewing Halloween costumes for my friends and I. Necessity first, I hemmed some of my dress pants to try out the machine, but then I moved on to a fun project for me. I had been given some fabric, and decided that I would make a bag out of it. So I commenced, winging it all the way, and was pretty pleased with the results. I used just straight stitches throughout, and white thread. I started out by cutting the main bag part of the backpack, and then, turning it inside out, stitched around three of the sides, rounding the corners. I then turned it right-side out. Next, I measured out the flap to cover it (though thinking back, I should have done the straps first, as the flap got in the way when I was sewing the straps). I folded three sides in about half an inch, and then sewed around those, and then attached the flap to the back part of the bag, making sure that it folded over evenly to the other side. Next, I started working on the straps, measuring out a length, and then twice the width I wanted. I folded each in half width-wise, and sewed closed the three open sides. I then pinned these to the back and made sure they were secured in the right places, and then sewed them to the back of the bag while it was turned inside-out. Finally, I took a piece of leather string I had, cut it in half, and stitched part of it to the flap, and the other part to the front of the bag where the flap fell down. I stitched these by hand, and then tied them in a bow to close the bag. 


It was very interesting taking on my first sewing project, something I never did in high school art. I actually really enjoyed it and didn't want to stop working on it to do those pesky things like celebrate New Years and what not. I'm very pleased with the result and hope it doesn't fall apart when I try to use it!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Downsizing


I know I did this a few months ago, but I really need to get some pieces of the floor of my room and out of the house! These are pieces that need homes. I'm not asking anything for them, just for people to take them! Each of these are matted or on canvas board (with the exception of the balloon which is hung from a wire), so they're great for walls. If anyone wants something, leave a comment or message me via facebook. Thanks!


 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grandma's Favorite Photo

I painted this final piece for my grandmother as a gift. She has helped me so much throughout my life, and with my graduating high school, I felt it fit to try to do something for her. 


She kept a photo in her room, framed and on the wall, of a vase of roses in front of a window, with various trinkets surrounding it. I left out all the busy little things, as I felt my lack of technical skill would lessen the effect of them, and as they were not the focus of the photograph.


51x41 cm
Acrylic Paint on Gesso
6/15/2011


In this piece, I spend the most time and attention on the small details that I usually skip over, as in the shadow, and the highlights and lowlights on the vase. As that really was the focus, I spent the most time on that. I'm not maximally pleased with the window, as it lacks depth, but it's easy to overlook with the vase in front. Overall, I'm proud of the piece, but I wish I'd had a little more time to spend on it. 


I wasn't sure as to how my gift would be received after all the work though. My grandma likes her house uncrowded, and likes to keep just a few decorations around. Mostly though, she doesn't like to display things that aren't up to her standards, so I was afraid this piece might end up in the closet. When I walked into her house this past weekend though, she'd hung it up right in the entrance-way, where it would be seen by everyone who came into the house. It made me really happy, and just shows how much my grandmother loves me.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Edge

41.5 x 43.5 cm
Acrylic Paint, India Ink, Watercolor Paints on Board
5/24/11

This piece was inspired by the Sylvia Plath poem "Edge," combining quotations from other poems including "Tulips," "Daddy," "Two Sisters of Persephone," "Lady Lazarus," "Mushrooms," "Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper," "Cut," "Mirror," "Morning Song," "Ariel," and "The Bee Meeting." I picked out quotations based on their tone and death imagery. That death imagery of course, was not difficult to pick out within Plath's poems, as this is a main focus of hers, and after reading her biography, one can see that it is a preoccupation that plagued her for most of her life. 

Originally, this was just a graphite drawing created for the purpose of a matte gel transfer, though I ended up loving this more than the original piece. I began painting it for fun and to pass the time, but got more into it. With my love of Sylvia Plath, I wanted to incorporate her body of work into mine, and so arrived at the idea to include quotations, adding the aspect of text that can be found in most of my work, and in the script that reappears as well. Finally, feeling that the piece was unfinished, I added the other elements of color in the watercolor splashes around the face that adds a feminine look as well as a morbid one with the feeling of blood. 

This entire piece was inspired by the poem "Edge," and more specifically, the lines:

"The woman is perfected.
Her dead

Body wears the smile of accomplishment,
The illusion of a Greek Necessity"
 
 In this, I saw the femininity that I incorporate into my work, as well as Plath's morbid but beautiful imagery that I so love. The idea of the perfect, still, unmoving woman is what really grabbed me though, as well as the ideal woman in general, something I've considered several times, once through my extended essay, written on the topic of Ayn Rand's characters Dagny Taggart and Kira Argounova, as they appear as the ideal women. I love contemplating the classic, timeless, beautiful woman; this is what I aim to be.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Edge

 I finally got to working on the foreground for my piece inspired by the Sylvia Plath poem "Edge." I worked in graphite on a thick drawing board, and went off of a few reference pictures, but inventing a woman that does not exist. This was my first time really attempting to render the face as best I could, and it was really a challenge, and a true test of my patience.For my lack of technical training though, i think it came out really well; I was proud of myself.


For this, I'm using a technique I'm quite fond of; matte gel transfer. I scanned the image, printed it, and spread a layer of matte gel over the face of the image, and laid it down onto the painted canvas board, and smoothed it flat with a putty knife. With the process, the drying occurs overnight, and the following day, I will remove the paper with a wet washcloth and a lot of rubbing. As I'm not quite sure how well the light graphite will show over the vivid background, I may go over the image with acrylic paint.
With the original rendering of the face left though, I decided to make this a series, and work on top of the graphite. I used acrylic paint with brushes - and occasionally my fingers to create that smoother skin texture - to add the color. For the background, I looked through my Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems book to find excerpts from my favorite poems to go along with this. I plan to use India Ink to transpose them onto the background to add that interesting element of text.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Trashion Show

 At my school's Random Acts of Art Show, there were several events going on; a silent door auction, a variety show, but most importantly, a Trashion Show. What is a Trashion Show you ask? Well, it's a fashion show in which all the outifts are made out of recycled materials. I modeled the dress I created out of newspaper and the matching hat made out of the same, and received bountiful compliments. I loved showing off all the work I've done, especially on these couple things, which I'm very proud of. Altogether, the show was a success, though some designers dropped out at the last minute - they either forgot to make their dresses, were too busy, or their plans just wouldn't work out - so we ended up with only 5 models. Each dress was very unique; one dress was made of different plastic bags layered, another was made of layered papers, another out of some fabrics, and another out of stuffed plastic grocery bags. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the dresses, and I was surprised at how many people actually showed up and stayed for the show. 


 Here are some of the other models - and me. Designer Erica Randall created the black, white, and silver dress on the model next to me out of layered plastic for the skirt between duct tape, and then a separate garbage bag which was folded and then taped in the back. Ashley Billone designed the next dress over out of newpaper, and the dress next to that. Ashley's models looked fantastic with their accessories, which really accentuated their dresses, like the flowers in her model Holly's hair.




Finally, here were all the models and designers. In orders, there was me, designer Erica Randall, her model Bridget, Ashley's model Holly, designer Ashley Billone, her other model Meredith, Kelsey's model Alyssa (wearing a dress with a skirt made out of grocery bags stuffed with paper), and designer and organizer of the event, Kelsey Kober. We all had a great time showing off the dresses and strutting it around the art wing. Overall, it was a great time!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hats

Seeing the royals - specifically Kate Middleton - and their hats has inspired me to go with a look to go along with my dress that I wouldn't have normally thought of. To create the hat, I built up the cap of the hat with strips of newspaper painted with mod podge, and then extended strips off of the cap to flow out to create the brim, layering more on top of that. I added the bow last (I was debating adding paper roses like on the dress rather than a bow, but it was just too cute), which I made by simply intertwining a few sections of newspaper together, folding into a bow shape, and keeping in shape with a strip of newspaper wrapped around the center. The look is very feminine and southern belle, it reminds me of times when women had to be escorted on dates like the fragile flowers they are.


I created a wide-brimmed hat solely out of newspaper to go along with my newspaper dress. The two together are just such a classic look that I swoon over. The outfit as a whole is going to be modeled in a "Trashion Show" in the Random Acts of Art Show that my school puts on annually. Out of coincidence, the dress fit me, and so I will be modeling my own outfit at the show. I'm also excited for the hair and makeup to go along with the outfit; dark pink stained lips, vibrant, smoky eyes, and graceful, big curls. These things are "classics" for a reason.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is my favorite poet. I was introduced to her last year in IB English, as we read her biography Rough Magic, then her poems, and then I, independently read her novel, The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath has been a source of inspiration for me and my fellow IB artists, 4 of whom created pieces based on one of her poems (Samantha Loiacono, "Daddy"; Erica Randall, "The Voices Just Can't Worm Through" and "The Black Telephone's Off At The Root"; Annie Heath, "I Am Your Opus"; Maureen Nothnagle, "Mushrooms")

I recently bought "Sylvia Plath; The Collected Poems," and read it straight through like a novel, and nearing the end - nearing also the end of her life at 30 due to suicide - her poems got more and more emotional and a little frightening, a combination I love. The final poem that Plath wrote before her death was "Edge," and the first two stanzas in particular show what was on her mind.

"The woman is perfected.
Her dead

Body wears the smile of accomplishment,
The illusion of a Greek Necessity"

This poem epitomizes what I love about Sylvia Plath, with her ability to see beauty in even death, and to note especially the beauty of the woman, which was something I focused on for my concentration. Even though the show has come and gone, and I don't need to create more pieces, this is one that I was inspired to do, based off of the above lines from the poem "Edge" by Sylvia Plath. With an idea in my head of what I want to see, I began the background, which is what I have so far.

35.5x28 cm
Acrylic Paint

The foreground will feature a woman's face, though in what medium I haven't yet decided. I'm really looking forward to finishing this piece.

If you haven't read any Sylvia Plath, I strongly recommend it. Her book of poetry titled Ariel contains some of her best poems written towards the end and most interesting - and traumatic - part of her life. Additionally, her biography, Rough Magic is an amazing read, and though it is non-fiction, it reads like a novel simply because her life is better than most fiction. The woman has developed a cult following for a reason, and this glimpse into her life is well worth it.

Postpartum Depression

Today we took down the show. It made me sad to see all the blank walls and to hear "you need to have your pieces home within a week." Having said this, I need to have my pieces home in a week. There are SO many pieces that I can't keep them all, and can't pawn them all onto my teachers and family, so if anyone is interested in any of the pieces, let's talk!




Just a few I'll be looking to find homes for...






 To see these in detail, the links in order are: Object FemininityGovernessUnsent LettersThe Perfect WomanStudy for "The Perfect Woman"Innocence Series Part Four, and Innocence Series Part Five.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Keith Haring Mural

This mural is in our art room, and every year, the senior art students leave their mark on it by adding a personalized character to the wall.


Each character is done in the style of Keith Haring, but with it's own personal twist. Each of us struggled - some more than others - to come up with a character that would both fit aesthetically, and make us memorable and recognizable to all those who stay.


As with any caricature, I wanted to play up my most prominent features; the ones I'm best known for. Quite obviously to me, this was my being a Ginger, a stereotypically pale, freckled, and red-headed being. Gingers are also known for being extremely creepy, something I also do extremely well. Including all this, my character comes off very much like me, as a stereotypical Ginger. My character hiding behind and creeping around things also fit a challenge we were given. What with so many students having passed through the art program, and each one leaving themselves on the wall, room had become scarce. Our teacher challenged us to try to add depth and distance to the mural, and to try to not cover others up, but to put ourselves a little into the background. To comply, I found a large enough space for the head to peek out, and then just had the hair hanging down behind the figure below. All in all, I can't see someone looking at the wall and not knowing who the creepy ginger character is supposed to represent. Mission complete.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Show Time


As my IB Art class is rapidly approaching the dates of our show and our examination, everything has to be cleaned up and perfected, which has led to a proper display - and photographing - of some of my pieces. One such piece that looks a million times better for the process is my "Going for Water" piece, which I finally mounted. Photographing this piece was especially interesting, because I didn't want a reflection of anything in the mirror, I just wanted the painting on it to show without any distractions. I ended up having to prop the board at almost a 30 degree angle from the floor to reflect onto the white wall of our gallery space to get everything else out of the reflection, and then I had to make sure that I, standing on a ladder next to it didn't make it in the shot either. It was rough, but it all worked out, because I came out of it with a very nice photograph of the piece.


Additionally, I found a way to display my dress in a way that wasn't on me or a hanger. I'd previously tried to find a mannequin to fit the dress, but all of their shoulder stumps were too broad to fit through the waist area. So, I finally found one that was just right. The problem that I found then was that the dress went past the bottom of the mannequin - which stopped right above the thighs. I then had to try to find a stand, and finally settled on a white box that matched others I was using to display 3-D pieces. Overall, I'm excited about it!


Ordering all my pieces on the wall that I've been allotted has been fun for me too, more so, I suppose than my peers. I've known intuitively where each piece should go, and as I'm slowly getting them hung, mounted, displayed, etc., I'm really seeing for the first time my whole body of work. 


I still feel that I'm just playing at big girl artist in a way, though. It doesn't feel as if my work is grown up enough for a show, but I guess I'll find out when it comes time for the actual show. T-6 days!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Woman's Asylum

Matte Gel Transfer and Newspaper on Cloth
3/22/11


I love dresses, and since last February, when I had an inspiration, I've wanted to make one. The thing keeping me back, though, is that I can't sew. I knew when I looked at my almost-finished portfolio a month or so ago, and saw that gap where this piece should have been, I knew I needed to find a way around that. 


I went to a second-hand store and found a cheap dress, something vintage-y. I painstakingly layered newspaper on top of it, which took days. Figuring out exactly what this dress needed took a couple months, and in time I added the gel transfer flowers, the newspaper flowers, and just a couple days ago, the braided belt and halter in order to finish it up. Now, I feel that it looks like an actual dress - though not the most comfortable or easy to move in.


To accompany the dress, I had found a pendant at a craft store, and gessoed over the image on it. I scanned in the image of the rose from my "Wallflower" piece, and did a gel transfer onto the pendant. The look of the pattern on the cloth goes with the dress, and helps unify my body of work.


All in all, this is one of my favorite pieces, and also one of my most long-term pieces.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dress Details


To make the dress really work, I overlaid the string for the halter-tie with a newspaper braid which I made. I did two separate pieces which have a clasp at the end to secure. I really liked how this unified the dress, and recreated the braided belt look below


For this midsection of the dress, I made a newspaper braid, again, in two sections, which begin on either side of the flowers and end in the back where the dress laces up. The flowers are made up of rolled newspaper sections that were secured with mod podge.
 

This is a sample of an area to which I applied gel transfers. The color adds to the vintage appeal, as does the imperfect quality of the transfer; the paper fibers are not rubbed off all the way. 

Pictures of the finished dress being modeled will soon be up.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Act of Seeing

105.5x75 cm
Acrylic Paint on Gessoed Canvas
3/16/11

I made this as my last piece before the IB Art show, and I'm glad that I'm leaving it off this way. This piece shows my development technically, as it wraps up my portfolio with showing how much I truly have developed.

This was also the first time I've truly "fussed" with a piece. I spent a great deal of time on the texture of the background and the colors in the eyes to create the depth I wanted. I also created a precursor that I will display with this piece, "Eyes Study"

Additionally, this is my biggest piece, and one that I spent the most time on, at least of late. I feel as if I'm leaving on a high note. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Process is Just as Pretty

As working in our "investigative workbooks" was a mandatory part of IB Art, a lot of work went into developing pages that sometimes looked as interesting as the art itself. 


This page, for example, as experimentation for the "Innocence Series" and the matte gel transfers I used, turned into something all it's own. Though I haven't been able to use the blender transfer method (as shown in the top right), I still love the look of it, as it embodies that vintage, fragile, feminine look that I love so much. 


Documenting the process of creating my art also helps me in later pieces. I know how the transfers will turn out, and I have the steps all written down, as well as the thoughts I had on the process at the time. Writing down what I thought of it was important, because it may prevent future trainwrecks.


As with these two pages, built in preparation for the "Study for 'The Perfect Woman'" and "Going for Water", I was able to test out aesthetic techniques before I possibly tainted my surface. It was important that I worked with the Inktense pencils in my book for two reasons. The first was that I had never really tried to use the pencils before and so I needed to know how they ticked before I put them to my piece, and the second was  for the purpose of knowing later on what I did, and reading my notes to know what I thought of them while I was working with them.


For the other page, I really had to figure out how to make a pearl actually look like a pearl. I had attempted to get the shape and sheen down on a small mirror fragment that I had prior, but it just wan't right, so I turned to the book.


I experimented with the highlights and lowlights in order to make the pearls come to life, and to make sure that they looked good before I put them to the actual mirror. 


Another reason that I like this page though, lies in the color. I really like that watered-down blue and green, the way they play off each other. It's so calming and peaceful, and to get that down in the book before putting it in the mirror was crucial. 


It's that planning ahead in my workbook that's gotten me - I think successfully - through my pieces. I love my workbook, because I can be as pretty as I want in it, and I'm the only one who sees. The workbook is for me only, I don't do it for anyone else - besides the course requirements, that is. 


I l o v e my workbook.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Canvases

13x13 cm
Matte Board and Cloth over Wood
3/10/11

I made these canvases to go along with my "Wallflower" piece, and to help it look a little more finished. I plan on doing gel transfers of ballpoint pen drawings onto these, and placing them to either side (though staggered, one at the top left, one at the bottom right) of the "Wallflower" canvas. 

To make these, I destroyed the rest of the bag that I took the original cloth from for the "Wallflower" canvas, though these are made up of a different floral design, which I believe will add to the aesthetics of the piece overall. First, I un-hemmed the rest of the bag - only the straps are left on it now. I cut the pieces of wood into squares to fit what cloth I had, and then used a staple gun to secure the cloth on tightly. Lastly, I adhered the matte board to the bottom of the canvases with rubber cement, and tried to do the same with the sides, but they just wouldn't stick, so I used the staple gun again to secure the sides of the matte board to the canvases.

These are soooo my style.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Eyes Study

30x10.3 cm
Ballpoint Pen, Watercolors, Inktense Pencils & India Ink on Watercolor Paper
3/4/11

I did this study in preparation for a rendering of the pictures I was working with on a larger scale.

I attempted to capture that crying look in the eyes - which I believe I got a little more in the left eye than the right - which was reinforced by the mascara stains. I'm torn as to whether the eyes look feminine or harsh, though. I think they look rather frightening up close, but they have a nice, feminine shape from afar. It's something to consider for the actual piece.

It was difficult for me to capture the eyes as I saw them, never having taken classes on observation and specifically drawing. I can't seem to capture what I see, though I've found that I've developed this through my time in IB art (for proof, see my first still life). 

My idea began merely as appreciating the aesthetics of the eyes, but has morphed into a sort of representation of how I've grown throughout the program - something I've been thinking about a lot recently, as it all nears the end. I've learned to see myself, my art, and art in general differently. I've also learned to think differently, which has allowed me to open my mind to begin to draw or paint what I see rather than what I think I know. It's been a process for me, but I like where it's ended up.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Alice's Descent to Wonderland

12x14x4.5 cm
Acrylic Paint on Wood Block
2/24/11

I recently read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," and its sequel, "Through the Looking Glass," both by Lewis Carrol - or Charles Dodgson by his pen name. Reading these books was interesting, both in the plotline and the idea, as they were written originally for children, but having young siblings, I know that they would never be able to understand the cryptic - for them - language of the 19th century. Knowing ahead of time that Lewis Carrol was a mathematician, I began reading knowing that the books were based on logic, and so approached them half with an academic mindset, half geared towards pure enjoyment. I found Alice to be more intelligent than any 7 year-old I could ever imagine to meet, and also more daring and inquisitive. Also, having left that stage of life behind a decade ago, I saw the carefree state with which Alice never looked back as she entered a world she did not know. The line "In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again" struck me in particular. I realized truly how much I consider the consequences of my actions, and never act without think how I should get out the ensuing predicament, or if I should get into it at all. This piece, to me - you may take it however you like - is an idolization of that time, a decade ago, when I could act without thinking, and when I would jump into a rabbit hole rather than considering the consequences and invariably walking away for fear of the risk.

Newspaper Roses




These are for my dress piece (the strings are tied around them until they dry, but then they'll be removed). I needed some sort of three dimensional effect on the dress, because the transfers I did simply did not cut it. 

I google-searched newspaper roses and found a link to a blog which had a post on recycled roses. The woman made roses out of recycled cloth, but newspaper and a little mod podge worked just as well. Though they aren't perfect representations of roses, you can tell what they are, which is all I need really.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jane Eyre Inspired



Still playing with the singular picture of the eyes, I had in my the last novel I read, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. As the protagonist Jane meets and falls in love with Mr. Rochester, the owner of the estate at which she is governess, their relationship is built up more and more until one night, they meet each other in the orchard in the midst of a storm. Jane finally professes her love for her master, and he returns it with a proposal. In the moments following the proposal, lightening strikes the old chestnut tree, splitting it clean in half, both halves charred, and yet the tree lives on. This theme of the battered halves comes around again in the conclusion as Jane returns to her Mr. Rochester after she has lived with her cousins and found herself to be an heiress. While she was away, Mr. Rochester, devastated, suffered through a house fire, and in the process of rescuing the household, lost his arm and sight. Jane returns to Mr. Rochester finding him battered, while she herself is completely changed, no longer submissive and modest as she was before her leave. The two were battered on the outside, both changed from the shells they began with, but their love lived on, and as one "tree," they grew, and finally married.

The eyes, one bright and omniscient, the other blind, are meant to resemble Jane and Mr. Rochester at different points in the story. The eyes are separated, and two different segments, yet can be recognized as a whole, and only maintain meaning as one whole. This would be my translation of the novel Jane Eyre.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Aesthetics


I've played around with this photo far too much. This editing, though - on top of the original - epitomizes what I love aesthetically. That washed-out pink and pale colors (hints of yellow), the black to frame it, and the reddish pink that is my hair under the filters immediately captures my eye and screams to me beautiful.

This edit was brought on by a blog I came across on the "blogs of note" tab. "Dress Design Decor" is the title of the blog, and after seconds of scrolling through it, I fell in love. There was one post in particular which featured an antique-looking copy of the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë. 

Not only did I just finish reading that book within the month, but it's almost at the top of my list of favorites. Looking through that blog made me acknowledge and actually look for some of those things which grab my attention aesthetically, and so I channeled those things into the editing of the eyes picture. I will most definitely be using those colors in my next piece.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers?


These are my eyes. I took a picture of them when there were tears in my eyes because it really accentuated the colors (top picture is the original). I thought, then, that it'd be really interesting to paint them. Next, I started messing around on an online photo editor, nothing serious, but did a various number of things to make them look different. It's really difficult to pick which is my favorite...

At this point, it's difficult for me to decide whether I want to paint just one version, or do several. It's definitely something I'll have to think about.

I am decided, however, on the media. I'd really like to try working on bristol board or some such material and use acrylic paint again. The effect that's gained from the clash is really raw and beautiful, which exactly fits what this piece would be.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Siren's Temptation

Acrylic Paint and Collage on Wood
10/12/10

The idea for this piece was derived from the epoch "The Odyssey," by Homer. The mythological creatures, "sirens" were believed to tempt sailors with their song and beauty to their death by smashing their boats into rocks. In "the Odyssey," the hero, Odysseus has to be chained down and have his men's ears plugged so that they do not suffer at the hands of the siren's temptation. In this piece, hopefully, the viewer should be tempted to open the box to see what's inside.


This, the inside of the box is based on the five rivers of hell.

The Perfect Woman

Acrylic Paint on Plaster Fabric
10/30/10

I wanted to show how I saw the body as beautiful, so I fixated on parts that I see as most beautiful. The clavicle area, where the little niche forms under the throat and expands on either side to the collar bone fascinates me, and so this is a part I focused on. 

This was the evolution of my precursor, my inktense piece in which i crudely put forth my rendition of the body. I found in doing this plaster mold of my friend, that proportions varied widely from my mind to reality, however, reality never fails to stun.


This section of the piece focuses on the waist area, which I find beautiful due to the contours. Where the indentation happens and then flows out to the hips is just beautiful to me.

Synesthesia

Acrylic Paint, Newspaper on Wooden Guitar
6/10/10

This piece was inspired by the prompt "what piece of art would you want hung in your house?" I wanted something which was beautiful in more way than one; something beautiful to see, and something beautiful to hear - in principle at least, because this became impossible to tune as it was a child's size guitar and has seen some years.

This features a woman's graceful foot - beautiful to me, and an actual guitar, whose shape and sound are beautiful to me.



I like flowers; I think they're pretty. This is the back of the guitar, which shows a piece of nature interacting with nature, which is fascinating to me, the ripples in water as a flower passes along.