April 25, 2011

Dear Diary

One of the most dreaded questions I receive as an artist is:

What is the meaning behind this painting?*

Often, when I encounter this question, my answer is vague and followed by nervous laughter. It's not because I don't have a real answer...it's because...well, how can I explain this...

[Get comfortable. This one's a doozy.]

It's a well known fact that many artist's use their art as a form of therapy. Instead of yelling at loved ones, punching walls, binging on drugs, driving off bridges, wallowing in self pity and other such lovely events...many artists choose to release and unleash through colors, shapes and the creation of something better.

From personal experience...often times...every brushstroke, every line, every shade carries with it many tears, gritted teeth, white knuckles and furrowed brows**.

Looks innocent enough but did you know this drawing was inspired by prepubescent nights of playing love songs on the boombox, hoping somewhere, some pretty boy crush heard me?...and then the bitterness that ensued?

And I'm not really sure why so much art is inspired by bad times instead of good***. Let's just say...when you're happy...the last thing you need is to hole up in your studio stooped over a canvas by your lonesome self.

So when someone points at one of my drawings and asks me what the meaning is; it's as if I was just asked to open up my diary and start reading aloud.

*A close second would be, "So, what's your real job?"
**And I'm not even that deep. Can you imagine the really troubled wackos out there???
***I know my art is all fairy tales and bubblegum on the surface but if I dig deep enough, there's usually something there. It can be something as simple and powerful as "Who ate the last slice of cake?! ANGST!!!"

April 19, 2011

I Love Sketchbook

Sometimes, I find I like my sketches more than the final finished product. Sketches capture the magic of inspiration just as it happens...[to sound very snotty-art-snobby for a moment]...sketches are more raw.

This sketch probably took me less than 3 minutes to scratch out while the image was still fresh in my head. The quality is obviously lacking. But...and maybe it's just me because it's my sketch...it feels more free.

Sketching with highlighters and markers*.

And while I love the more detailed, polished look of the final image; it looks almost too controlled and tight**.

"Mass Exodus"

But, not all sketches are created equal.

House inspired by San Francisco's "Painted Ladies", Full House and Tam.

Sometimes, sketches need way more refining before it can be presentable.


So, in conclusion, I really don't know what my point is. But I hope you enjoyed flipping through my virtual sketchbook! =D

Oh, and in other non-interesting news, I realized I draw like I eat my sandwiches***; from the outside in.

*I hear highlighters and markers are what tattoo artists use to sketch on your skin. [foreshadowing]
**That's what she said? Fail.
***Sandwiches are my favorite food. Next to desserts.

April 10, 2011


Awesome perk of being an artist: the artist discount

Sweet talked my way to a little Lisa Marie Godfrey

Trading, bartering and bargaining with other artists for their work...it's gonna be a new little past time of mine.

Surprise custom drawing from Melissa Juvan

Slowly but surely, I WILL build up my art collection.

New home for albino kitty.

This is gonna take a while.

April 1, 2011


I bake cookies the way I would want to eat them. (extra chips) I teach yoga the way I would want to take it. (extra flowy) I treat others the way I would want to be treated. (extra gifts...hint hint) So, it should come as no surprise, I create art the way I would want to view it.

I like art that I can understand. I like art that I can appreciate without having to read hoity-toity theories, artist statements, missions, yadda yadda yadda, coughbullshitcough to understand. I like art that grabs my attention because I can immediately connect with it; not after I am told how to connect with it.

On view at Peel Gallery.

That's why I like Larassa Kabel. I get it. Giant horses. Giant, skillfully rendered, photo realistic horses. Cooooool.