Category Archives: Fashion

December 04

What?

In the original photo by Scott Shuman (of  The Sartorialist), this man is clearly laughing at something. Hopefully that translates. Throughout this study I felt he was yawning – politely trudging along with me for the two-plus-months’ journey of lunch hours, stolen moments, and problematic-hand-abandonment. I finished it tonight sitting in front of a fireplace […]

September 07

Peru & Chicago

The flight from the west coast to Chicago is about four hours. The timeless “right brain” state feels good, shuts down the mental chatter, and transforms long trips into wine and pretzel blips. I finished one of my earlier Scott Schuman fashion portraits with some Derwent Inktense blocksticks that I’ve been keeping in a pouch […]

August 16

Ukulele

Still doing daily practice … but not exactly in art. Earlier in this blog I posted vacation sketches from my first trip to Hawai’i. It created in me a certain hankering for playing music. Easy, laid back Aloha pleasure. So different from the forced march of my jr. high school days of clarinet. The uke […]

November 09

Ghost Girl

I finally got a video of this drawing – and found out I can’t upload videos without the video upgrade! The video is super slow-mo, but perfectly captures why using graphite on black paper was challenging for me: It disappears. It reappears! Individual marks are hyper-visible. I found myself fussy and needing the light and angles […]

July 07

Mortician

Finishing this felt like a best effort at making the dead resemble the living: there is no light left and the face has a flat, painted Barbie Doll quality. A last ditch effort with gauche felt like busting out the “full coverage foundation” to camouflage serious skin tone issues. Over the last week, this gal’s gone […]

June 25

Peyton (Re)play

After finishing this pencil outline a month ago, I spent all of my early-morning-one-hour-pre-work-sessions struggling with another Romare Bearden piece, Circe, 1977. I think I now understand why it took me over two weeks despite the fact that it’s all flat shapes that comprise the female form, but I’ll start painting and posting that soon. […]

May 27

Peyton Play

I love Elizabeth Peyton. When I decided to settle into the arc of a blue silk blouse with couture excess, I didn’t know that I’d want to open up  Elizabeth Peyton and hope to channel that hue-magic onto a copied image from a catalog. I’m lingering for inspiration on page 179 – Sara, 2002 or […]