Tuesday, November 23, 2010

recent art

In addition to my most recent painting, I have made some other art too, including a series of prints and dozens and dozens of life drawings from the nude model.

Last half of the semester, the topic was THE BODY and i focused on the connection between anatomy and botany on a cellular level. The topic in the 2nd half of the semester was THE SPIRIT so I explored auras / energy. It was a very experimental semester as I tried many new mediums including dry point etchings, collagraphs, and lino cut. I also started using color for my first time in printmaking, which is a journey within itself! Here is what I came up with:

3 collagraphs, 2 dry point etchings - best of 2nd half
dry point etching - bad energy is suffocating!
the series

And here is what I have to say about it:

“Only that in you which is me can hear what I am saying.”

-Ram Dass

Einstein proved that everything is made out of energy with his equation, E = mc2. This concept has been around since ancient times. The ancient Chinese call this flow “chi” while the ancient Hindus call it “prana.” Everything is energy and it is vibrating at different frequencies. It is no surprise that humans can feel this energy and use it to connect with other people.

Energy connects all individuals. It is everywhere, in everything, and never stops moving. Every person has their own unique energy yet we are all interconnected.

Have you ever been in a room with someone who is really depressed and negative? Personally, I feed off other people’s energy. In this case, I start to feel negative as well. Yet, when I am in the same area as people who are really positive and optimistic, I start to feel that way as well. It’s no coincidence – I am feeding off their energetic vibrations.

One of my favorite artists, Alex Grey, deals with this topic frequently in his work. He says, “The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness”

As you can probably tell from my typical art, I am very much an abstract artist. This semester, I enrolled in a life drawing class, that is, drawing from a nude model. For the first half of the semester I really struggled with this class, as I have never drawn from a life model before nor do i have very good skills when it comes to real life drawing. All it took was practice and a little confidence. Around the 2nd half of the semester, I started "preparing" my own paper (watercoloring/painting/spraying it before i drew on it) and my results were much better. My teacher said I get the award for the most improved!!!!Although i am still no life drawer, I am heaps better than I once was, and I know that if i keep doing it, the better I will get. It was so fun to play around with different mediums over the semester and get a feel for different styles. In the end, my favorite way of drawing was with a prepared background (watercolored or sprayed with ink) with a charcoal figure. I love charcoal. =) I also love doing blind contour drawings. Overall it was a great learning experience and I actually ended up really enjoying the class. Here are a few results:
sprayed ink background, charcoal figure
a purposefully out-of-proportion style figure in space. I like drawing f-ed up sometimes.
sprayed ink background, charcoal figure

graphite pencil
watercolor background (with swirl motif), charcoal figure
blind contour drawings (drawing without looking at the paper nor lifting your pen from the surface.) Color added after. sharpie & colored pencil
watercolor background, charcoal figure

HOPE YOU ENJOYED! I have some big plans in the works in my art life so stay tuned & become a fan on facebook!


thinck said...

I really like the figure drawings. We REALLY need to do a graphic novel or children's book together! Your work is evolving beautifully!

Omegachuck said...

I like the various backgrounds. Must have been a real challenge.

Caleb said...

Looks like your art is keeping you pretty busy. I enjoyed browsing this post. Best of luck with your art endeavors.

Omegachuck said...

For your life drawings, you should go 'Dali' with extreme Badash motif used in the scale and design. Sort of half life and half Badash free for all style. That would be interesting.

Gibson said...

I like the various backgrounds. Must have been a real challenge.