Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hours 11 and we're finished!

We finished!

Geddes Hour 11:

Annie Hour 12:

Annie Hour 11:

Geddes Hour 12:

Hours 9 and 10

Geddes Hour 9:

Annie Hour 10:

Annie Hour 9:

Geddes Hour 10:

Hours 7 and 8

Geddes Hour 7:

Annie Hour 8:

Annie Hour 7

Geddes Hour 8:

Hours 5 and 6

Geddes Hour 5: An accidental thunderstorm

Annie Hour 6: Green Skies!

Annie Hour 5:

Geddes Hour 6: I turned it upside down again!

Hours 3 and 4

Geddes Hour 3:

Annie Hour 4:

Annie Hour 3:

Geddes Hour 4: I turned it upside down!

Day 280: 12 in 12 hours

Annie and I lay out tarps across the living room floor. Gathering our supplies we organize them across the floor, each carving out a rectangular space for our pristine sheets of white paper. And then the madness begins. The tubes of paint scatter, the gesso spills, our brushes drip. Our hands and the bottoms of our feet our as panted as our paper. Every hour, we hand the outher our newly finished painting. In our next work, we respond to the one before us, we steel each other's colors, compositions, subjects. If one of us finishes a few minutes early we dash to the kitchen to throw some food in the crockpot, assuring that come dinner time, we will have something to eat, even if we can't find time until 8 or 9.

June 30th, 10 am the ritual begins again.

Geddes Hour 1:

Annie Hour 2:

Annie hour 1:

Geddes Hour 2:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 279: Getting Ready

Today I went to Utrecht and bought 12 large sheets of watercolor paper. So guess what tomorrow is... That right, on the last possible day of the month, Annie and I go down to the wire in our 12 paintings is 12 hours every month pledge. We're both pretty psyched, it's gonna be a good one!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 277: back to birds

Today's ink drawings:

Another selfportrait-ish I was more going for seeing what I could do with the inks than trying to make it look like me.

And a return to my oil birds theme:

This one gave me an exciting idea for something to try

I like the effect, and plan to keep playing with it.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 276: Learning

I'm still learning about this ink thing. So far it seams that the fewer marks made, the better it looks. I'm trying to figure out how to put many marks, and use shading, but I haven't gotten there yet. I hadn't done self portraits in a while, so I figured I'd do a few.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 275: Vacation?

I made a new drawing today, still playing with ink and birds. I like some of the new ideas, but the piece itself doesn't quite work for me yet.

As you may have noticed this is my first blog post in two weeks. That is because I spent the laast two weeks helping my mother with a restoration project at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida. Which means I got to spend the last two weeks looking at beautiful things like these.

We cleaned so many paintings, I lost count, but it was certainly more than 100. I also got to meet other conservators, which involved dining, laughing, and gossiping about art. No complaints from me, such a fun working vacation!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 260: More Oil Birds

I made three more ink drawings of birds affected by the oil spill. I like the last one best. I'm working on distinguishing between a dark bird and an oil covered bird with the ink and how I apply it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 257: A New Resolution

Yesterday I visited Annie. I told her of my ambitions to sew all my clothes for a year. We decided to sign a contract that would encourage us to sew.

"On this day, the sixth of June, 2010, we, the undersigned vow not to purchase any clothing for one year.

The finding of discarded clothes is permitted.
Clothing presented as gifts may be accepted.
Fabric for the making of new clothes may be purchased.
Additions and alterations to our wardrobes must be documented."

I've got a half sewn dress I'm really excited to finish, but I'm headed to Miami soon to Work for my mom, so I'm afraid it will have to wait.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 255: Back in the Saddle

I've got a few days before traveling again, and I'm jumping back into painting. I did some drawings in ink today of images from the oil "spill".

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 253: Fabrics!

I confess, I bought some fabric today. It looks much more spectacular in person. They are mostly silks.

Here you can see them draping

And here is a Rothko-esque version.

Also, my drawings look great on their stretchers!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 252: Paper on Canvas?

I mounted some drawings onto canvas using beva (an iron-on adhesive). Tomorrow I'm going to put them on stretchers. I'm excited to see how being on a stretcher will transform the works. I'm also going to go to the fabric district and admire some beautiful fabrics.