Here is this week’s sketch! I went to Portland for a week during the summer and was inspired by Sasquatches! I like to think the sasquatch is friends or maybe penpals with the yeti. How would they mail stuff in secret? Maybe by birds or raccoons…
Doodling is my favorite form of meditation.
Doing diligent sketch work is a way for me to reach a calm place and lose myself in the present and let a lot of my fears, worry, and internal chatter fall away. Sometimes I don’t know what will come out until it’s on the paper.
Sometimes what comes out makes no sense. This kind of work takes me to a happy place.
So I’ve been working on another series- for the last few years I’ve been exploring the idea of ghosts and the possibilities they may represent. It seems that I keep getting lured back into drawing ghosts in different ways and drawing them is so appealing that I never get tired of it- in fact, I just get more pulled into drawing them.
And a disclosure…I didn’t mean to do this series near Halloween and in fact I began painting this series during the summer without Halloween on the brain at all. Maybe it’s fitting I release the first paintings in the fall but certainly these ghosts are a bit different than the Halloween kind!
Ghosts are symbolic of the past, memory, perhaps unfulfilled lives, hauntings, melancholy, a representation of what once was, nature/unnatural, sadness, growth, the unexplained, among many other things. There is something I love about mystery and all things unexplained; you’ll see that crop up in my work in a variety of ways. These are the things swirling in my head these days and so you have my latest series of paintings, ghosts. These two paintings are the start of this series; there are prints of these two available on my shop with more to come soon. I have another ghost painting in process and we’ll see where this takes me. This is just one part of my ghost exploration- sometimes the ghosts take different shapes and forms but this is where I am at the moment.
So one of the things I am excited to share are peeks into my sketchbook each week. It keeps me on my toes to sketch regularly and share my drawings and ideas but also gives all of you a chance to get a sense of my process and my line of thought and how that might progress and morph over time.
This week’s sketch is this robot. I’m working on a series of robot pieces plus my son’s birthday is right around the corner and he wants a robot party….can’t argue with that!
You’ll see a variety of sketches- sometimes I have more finished drawings, sometimes they are rough and rushed, and sometimes it’s a whole lot of doodling. Enjoy!
So here it is my new art and illustration website full of arty goodness! As you can see, I’ll be blogging here, updating my portfolio, my store, sharing the latest news and events, sales, sketches, and all kinds of art related things. There is going to be a lot going on over the next several months and I’m really excited to share all of it with you!
Some might be curious how I got here, so here’s the short version…
I ditched the day job, along with the stability of an academic tenured position on August 16, 2013, to pursue my art dream. I’ve worn many hats over the years including horse trainer, graphic designer, and librarian- I still love and in some ways participate in those areas but my true love is creating art. I did go to art school and I have always drawn, painted, and made art in some form or another over the years….but I also had a period of time where things were pretty bleak art-making-wise.
When my son was born in 2010, I began to re-ask all those big life questions and several events and scenarios led me back to my art roots because I really needed an outlet. In many ways I felt like an angst-y teenager all over again and at times I felt like the art was just coming out whether I liked it or not. But I knew that the discomfort and at times outright heartache I was feeling was leading me to something real and beautiful. My little family not only supported me, but pushed me to be better and things became clear that no matter what, I realized- I needed to be an artist!
So with my amazing son and husband, and a whole lot of wonderful friends and family behind me- I had so many people wanting me to make art, encouraging me in a million ways, and helping me make art in some form or another. There are a lot of you out there that may not even know the impact you’ve had on me but thank you- truly. I’m grateful for all the experiences I’ve had and for those to come.
There is a lot planned for this little website…I’m so glad to have you here! Stay tuned for more good stuff…new work on deck!