Week in Review: Art Inspiration

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I had some fun yesterday at the Handmade Arcade craft show with my friend, Greg: he did his Christmas shopping and I bought cards, art by April Bleakney and children’s comic books by Nathaniel Taylor. (Nathaniel’s blog, Something’s Out There, has great content too–check it out.) The last time I went was years ago when it was held in the cold, grubby warehouses of Construction Junction, and the atmosphere was one of a fun, impromptu grunge party. The food, served from folding tables, was offered by small local restaurants. This year the show was held in the spartan, white-walled Convention Center, with food offered from a concession stand. (It may have been catered by a local restaurant, but it didn’t look inviting so I didn’t find out.) Considering the crowd-volume, a place that size was a necessity. I think the vendor selection was much better though, and it was a pleasure to spend a few moments talking with the artists.

As for my own work, I didn’t do as much this week as I might have wanted to, though several hours did go into gift-related work. I didn’t get to the museum to sketch Thursday night either; it had been an exhausting day and when 5 o’clock came, I was ready to go home and crawl in bed. Maybe next week. I’d say my drawings were evenly divided this week between sketches from life and from photo reference, and overall, I like what I made. Maybe in another 40,000 sketches, I’ll start to do really brilliant and abundant work, but till then, I have a lot of new inspiration from all I saw this weekend.

Week in Review

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Quiet week… Person of Interest continues to provoke… I swear last week’s episode had Dominic make a call-back to a Season 2 episode, 2 Pi R… at about the 4:30 minute mark we see possible confirmation. You have to wonder if they really planned it that far back, or did a clever writer see the hidden potential of Harold’s inspiration on young minds? Personally, I think Dominic is the antimatter!Finch, everything he says and does is a negative echo of Finch. The season is building to a big climax…time will tell whether I’m full of shit or not. (Liked on Twitter by one of the POI writers…Is that confirmation or just messing with our heads?) I got my sister interested in the show this spring; week-by-week we’ve watched an episode, slowly gaining on the current season. We just hit the major sweeps action of Season 3; tonight we get The Devil’s Share..and based on the titling for next week’s Season 4 episode–The Devil You Know–these two stories are talking to each other. So cool to see it ahead of what will probably be quite a thriller.

I didn’t get to go to the museum as I wanted to, but I did hit up the local library book sale (disappointing; not the usual roomful, but only a few items scattered on tables in the back hall)… had luncheon from the Art Institute’s chefs-in-training… again… another round of the pan-seared scallops (!) with the addition of their Charleston Shrimp and Grits with hot peppers and andoulie sausage…a real winner! I suspect the grits had a hint of cheese mixed in with them. Heat in the peppers for taste and sensation but not to punish–perfect. It’s so fun going over to pick up the food…glimpses of other floors as elevator riders stop before you…art, computer labs, a wedding dress… student chefs in their whites, so eager to talk about their food. I love these kids…wish I was one of them…wish I could be their teacher.

I also checked out the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, which was absolutely packed…amazing considering there was black ice everywhere, including on the front steps of the venue. It was wall-to-wall hipsters–the men all bearded posturing lumberjacks and the women were world-weary crosses between Lucille Ball and Bettie Page in identical cat-eye glasses and eyeliner. Miao. I suppose the idea is that their vintage costuming is a rebellion against modern consumerist culture, but they all look the same… OK, I’m over 50. I just don’t get it.Is it this decade’s youth rebellion style? If the punks of my time positioned themselves against order, then what are these cats and kittens standing against? The present?

Excellent vintage clothes though. Wonderful purses from all eras, really original; 70s menswear so wild you had to have lived through those years to know it was for real, and one vendor from the SouthSide whose selection ran from Gidget to Twiggy on one rack. Fun to look at, and probably fun to wear…if you were a size 2.

And so that’s me for another week. Thanksgiving is a four-day weekend, which I hope will give me the opportunity to draw something a little more ambitious. I want to…

Week in Review

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Quiet week. Because so many years went by when I scarcely drew at all, I am afraid if I stop for even a day, I won’t be back for a long time and all I’ve gained will be lost again, but I am desperate to have some time away. I feel burned out and half the time don’t enjoy what I am doing. Writers are notorious for saying you need to sit down with your blank page every day; you have to show up and do the work or you aren’t a real writer. Or artist. So maybe I’m not a real artist… I think I can live with that. Not be happy with myself, but I can live with it. I think I’m going to have to.


Week in Review

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A difficult week to get much drawing done…super hot early on, which makes it hard to do anything. I just wilt. Then it was days of depression, insomnia and nightmares, totally mush-brain. But the weekend has put everything right. My friend on the job, Susan, came back from vacation with a reference from a show she saw that she thought I’d like. DID I!! It was a piece by Jason Polan, part of his Every Person in New York project. The more I research him, the cooler I find him. I was totally inspired. I even went to the Carnegie Art Museum this weekend–to start my own All the Art in the Museum sketchbook?  I’ll post the drawings I did there soon. It’s been years since I’ve been and I can’t even say why, but I loved it and can’t wait to go back. Except that there’s a show I want to see at the Warhol–Halston and Warhol–and a small show of Degas drawings at the Frick. Between the amazingly mild weather and all of the art and inspiration, this is turning into one of the best summers ever.

More of POI

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted my POI drawings. This month I did a quick sketch of Carter–I love her wary disapproval here–and an attempt to render the first episode as a comic-book style sequence. It was interesting to look at the show shot by shot to see how it was put together. I’m not sure how successful I was in using layout and composition to tell the story, but it was fun to do.

Drawing from Person of Interest

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Oh, but I have a new favorite show…Person of Interest ! Naturally, this means I have to start drawing the characters, and I began, of course, with my favorite, Finch. Brilliant, brave, uptight, secretive and personified by Michael Emerson…what more could you ask for?   I tend to get so involved with the stories I follow–books, shows, movies–that I need to draw to somehow express the connection I feel. Right now I’m connecting to Harold Finch, but I hope to expand soon to the wonderful (cleaned up) Mr. Reese.