motivational Bowie

just in case you needed a reason to make some art today….

he will rule you

he will rule you

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Work In Progress

"Should I Be?"

“Should I Be?”

Work in progress: “should I be?”
I’ve debated sharing this work, it’s so personal. But what is being an artist other than sharing intensely personal things and hoping that someone understands, or relates, or enjoys.
I am not pregnant. I don’t know when or if I will ever be pregnant again. But what about being a woman or having a child leaves people entitled to ask the current or future status of my uterus? Or comment on the shape of my body? It’s happened often enough that while at first I found it funny, I now question why this is considered appropriate behavior?
I keep thinking that I’ve never felt much disadvantage being a woman. Limited by my gender isn’t something I felt applied to my life. But maybe I’m just aging into it.

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Serious Sketchbook Happens

encouragement included

encouragement included

As I continue to explore the options of community and public art I happened to think of the idea of a community/shared sketchbook.  I have some wonderful friends at the local coffee shop that agreed to host the book and my hope is that people will use it to create and share images.  My fear is that it will become a trash heap of vulgarity…but I suppose even that would be a meaningful statement in its own way. What I really want is a retrospective of sketches from our community, and a kind of analog version of shared blog, if you think of it in the way that sketches are generally rather private and this will be public, just as blogs are kind of public diaries.

If this happens to work in this way I have another similar experiment I’d like to move on to that might be just as fun.

Encouraging words on the cover from Crass, and prettified by me.

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Or Whatever

oh what was that?

oh what was that?

Back on the apathy train…finally printed up the ‘meh’ design from several weeks ago.  I feel like these are useful in my life.  They are calling cards, so they can be handed out and that way you don’t even have to go through the effort of speaking.

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Happy As Can Bee

traces

traces

Just last week I stayed up late in the night to finish this bee motif…only to find it could have waited another week.  I’m terrible when it comes to time, I’m usually always too early or too late.  Story of my life, honestly.  Either way, I enjoy the way it turned out.

happy as can bee spoonflower design

happy as can bee spoonflower design

Which, if you like, can be voted for at spoonflower here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/299

print test

print test

And as usual, not satisfied to leave it at that, I made a lino carving of the bee and flower.  I was attempting to experiment with doing a background block of color, but of course since I cut out the bee and flower instead of leaving the background full size, it causes registration difficulties.  So it may stay monochromatic, or I may add some color to the bee or flower or maybe even do some kind of mixed media thing with it.  Either way, I do love me that bee.

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my apathetic

I’ve been sharing many negative thoughts and feelings and such on here, and so I considered not sharing my little sketch.  But then I thought, eff it.

so apathetic

so apathetic

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it never used to be this way

but I still have the smell of printing ink

but I still have the smell of printing ink

all the places we once

knew together

are slowly disappearing

and it’s sad

but helpful

to forget

the parts of you in my brain

tied

to all these locations

it’s easier this way

an alzheimer’s of development

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