“Out on the highway the last faint water colors of the sun were gone beyond the hills and whatever they were chasing was so far ahead as to be only a swift fleck now shown in lamplight now set free, running into the dark.” -Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
There are so many phrases and words that beg to be illustrated in Ray Bradbury’s books. He writes in pictures. This quote struck me as I was reading Something Wicked. It’s just the way he captures the past turning into the present when he describes the sunlight and the dark.
I did not portray the exact moment in the Bradbury’s writing but it inspired different pictures having to do with boys running outside and the setting sun. I may return to the book to find some other scenes to paint.
Recently I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for another series. It’s been hard to come up with ideas so I’ve been carrying around my camera and taking photos. Here is some of what I have.
There are many times when I do not know what to draw or paint but I have the urge to make something. These drawings were made when I had a train ride. Sometimes it’s easiest just to do something simple.
For me, sometimes things are more beautiful in process than they are finished. It’s about their potential. When I’m working on something I don’t know how it is going to turn out in the end. Sure, I have an idea and I might even be trying to emulate something I see. But there are endless decisions in the process of making art, and painting and drawing allow a lot of spontaneity.
My friend, Ben Levine, is putting together the Dance Place Gala at Dance Place in DC. He invited me to be a part of it by contributing to an installation piece that he designed. There will be music, there will be windows, there will be cool lighting, and there will be me painting in the foreground. I have met up with him and the manager for this project, Sarah Chapin, a few times and we have one more meeting to go before the show. I’d be happy to see some familiar faces after the performance and happy if people I knew could enjoy the show. So if anyone is interested in attending it is on the weekend of October 21st. You can buy tickets through Dance Place.
From left to right: Meredith Osterman, Ben Levine, and Sarah Chapin
This is me playing with some ideas for the show at our second rehearsal. We will be working with projections of what I am painting during the show.
So in the past year it has become apparent to me that depictions of the tree of life are very popular. I see jewelry and t-shirts. One of my friends is using it as a logo for her business. And now, I’ve been commissioned to paint it for one of my students. She’s allowing me to interpret it and do my own version while giving me one image as a guideline. I’ve also done a couple practice sketches in my sketch book and on some scrap paper. This has all lead to a 20″x 16″ work.
Below I have some practice works and the final. I wanted to do something simple. Sort of going back to when I was practicing sumi-e painting, being able to work with the beauty of the ink as it spread on the paper.
It’s another study of process I think.
I started working with watercolor studies about a month ago. It’s a pretty simple concept of letting watercolors mix and using washes as well as concentrated blobs of color. The challenge has been to take these studies and blow them up into acrylic paintings. In some cases I got the flow of imagery and in others I didn’t. Part of the fun is the transformation that switching mediums has on a concept though. In any case, I hope to find a place to display the work and in the meantime am happy to share the work here online.
Since abrupt flowers I’ve been working on exploring more about what acrylic can do. I’m mostly interested in layering colors and blending them. The painting with the flowers below was started the same week as the last post and helped me to get out some extra energy while exploring those ideas. If I’m able to have a show I’ll explore it more with the studies I started in watercolor…or maybe I’ll go ahead and do a series without a show. In any case I’m having fun working with bright colors and learning new techniques.
So as I said I’ve been working with some screen printing. The top image is the same that I worked with for a series on paper. The image is of connecticut in Dupont. The other is of people I took a photo of in the metro. It may or may not be done. I’m hoping to have a show with these works at some point in the future. I just need to find a venue…maybe in DC.
I was trying to think of a good title for the page and Moby’s song is the only thing that came to mind…although this is sort of a play on the poem, “I am a constellation“. Let your mind play with those ideas. But essentially this is an image of a woman in a twisted position during yoga filled with a super nova and a heart at her center. You can see from this post and the last post that I had a few other ideas that I ultimately decided against.