Thursday, December 31, 2009

sketch dump 12/2009

At the threat of being "so 2009", I thought I'd get my December sketch dump up at the 'ol bloggey before the big ball drops. It's been a good month for drawing and a better year for art for me. I got some work out there, got into some juried exhibits and some commissions as well as sold some work. This year I want to paint more and draw more, and bigger. There's a charm to smaller art but it would be great to see some of my ideas, even previous ones on a larger scale. This month I did drawings/paintings in a large A4 watercolor Moleskine, again, as part of one of the exchanges I belong to. Those large books are excellent and are one of the reasons why I'd like to work bigger soon. The drawings above are a small series I call "Fashion Victims". The lone abstract works as just that - not really a drawing but also intended to be drawn on as part of the collaborative aspect of the sketchbook exchange. Click HERE if you'd like to see what exchange member Mary Stebbins Taitt did with it - it's really extraordinary stuff! Below are a bunch of older Splotch Monster postcards I had sitting around. While my original intent was to meddle with their appearance as little as possible, and while some turned out quite successfully that way I felt a good many of them seemed kind of half-baked and needed far more detail and life. I like them a lot better now and found it to be an even greater challenge to add more to 'em. In the meantime, here's to a happy and fruitful 2010, which I'm sure will be full of many more challenges both big and small. It's all in how we decide to face those challenges, right?