I’m Still Here!

Okay, I know that blogger rules say that you’re not supposed to acknowledge when you haven’t posted in a long time, but damn, I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve obviously still been painting, but my social media activities have pretty much been limited to instagram and lurking on facebook occasionally. I’ve been producing a lot of work, and at this point I’ve realized that I should start writing about what I’m making again. I’ve always enjoyed reading artists’ thoughts on their own work, and I’m even fully conscious of how helpful it’s been for me in the past to sit down and write about what the hell it is that I’m making. But, for whatever reason, I stopped writing for almost a year! Is this what my professors warned me about- life getting in the way of an art practice? Luckily, the only thing that got neglected was a blog and not the actual creating of art, but yeesh!

So, a small summary of where I am:

I’m working on (and have been working on for a while now) a series of self portraits that are an offshoot of the “Clown” series. In this series, I play around with the variety of sheet masks that are all the rage right now in skin care:

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The first one in the series: “Sheet Mask I” | oil on canvas | 14×18″

I felt like the sheet masks were ripe material for my continuing exploration of feminine beauty rituals and how those rituals reflect or impact how we see ourselves. I mean, it’s literally a mask- it was too good to pass up. It’s also interesting to go from a very pop-art-ish painting style now to this darker, almost baroque inspired painting style. I’ll definitely be writing more about this series!

Meanwhile, I’ve also continued to experiment with the cyanotypes. I’ve moved into exploring the possibilities offered by both fabric and film transparencies:

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Cyanotype: Underwear II | cyanotype on Arches Hot Press | 12×16″ | Private Collection

I’ve done an entire collection of lingerie cyanotypes. I still want to figure out a way to push them even further, but for now I’m happy with them just looking like haunted underwear.

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Lil lollipop from a transparency, made for my Mom

This is one of the transparencies- made by taking a black and white (digital) photograph, inverting the values, and printing it on transparency. Then, I place it on top of the sensitized cyanotype paper in the sunlight to make a print, just as with the physical objects.

So, that’s pretty much where I’m at right now! I’m going to start writing more regularly, as I’ve missed this old place. Thank you to anyone who’s stuck around, and I hope you enjoy the posts to come!

A Strange Love: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

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Confession time: I started this blog a year ago today as a class assignment. I took a Marketing for Artists class in my sophomore year of college and starting a blog was a requirement. I must admit, I wasn’t too excited. I had sort of a sour attitude towards “bloggers.” If I saw someone in say, a magazine who said that their job was “blogger,” I kind of wanted to punch them in the face. “Blogger” just always seemed like one of those non-jobs, like “social media analyst,” or something. Now, however, I can see the appeal.

I love the freedom that blogging provides. You can write on any topic of your choosing, in any voice you’re comfortable with. The writing can be formal and portfolio-worthy, or silly and lighthearted (or a combination of both!) I can post snazzy pictures, videos, and gifs, to go along with my writing. Seeing actual strangers respond to what I write never gets old either. In the beginning, I honestly didn’t expect that anyone, let alone as many who have, would end up following this blog. I’m so happy that my expectations were exceeded.

So, thank you to all who have read, liked, and commented on what I’ve posted so far. This blog started on humble beginnings, but I think it stands on sturdier legs now. I hope that you all will continue to read and find my posts at least mildly interesting, and that you’ll look forward to the posts to come!