Woo, really busted some ass this weekend and finished 4 paintings on paper. Did these for an art consultant I work with, who said a lot of requests are coming in for works on paper, mostly for the healthcare industry. After seeing my new “Tama” series, I guess she thought there might be interest for it for that market so she asked if I could do some stuff on paper to show that I could do it. So here they are. These have more recognizable “plant-y” shapes, but that’s kind of what I naturally gravitated toward. These are a lot of fun to do, and go pretty fast. They’re all acrylic on 300lb watercolor paper, 18″ x 24″
The finished illustration for a story in the April ’09 issue of Words Without Borders. It’s a story about the alphabet, and the first mention is of the Arabic word “azar”—a flower of evil portent.
I got an email yesterday from Words Without Borders, a nonprofit dedicated to the translation and publication of international literature, who wanted me to do an illustration for their April online story. Apparently they found me through my friend the honorable and incredibly talented Joel Priddy’s website, which was very cool. Even though it’s a very modestly paid gig I’m totally excited about doing it because: 1. it’s for a good cause and it’s not like i need the money, and 2. it’s an illustration gig! I don’t do those very often, mostly because I don’t pursue it, and it’s funny I don’t because my two art degrees are in illustration. I think I went for Illustration because I love to draw and paint but couldn’t commit to fine art or graphic design—seemed like a safe middle. But these days it seems I do everything but illustration, so whenever these things come up it feels very serendipitous. Anyhoo, it’s got a fairly tight deadline but I already have an idea in mind that I think will end up being very cool. Will share as soon as it’s done!
I decided to take on a couple of pro bono projects lately to keep up with my web site building skills and to do something good (in the new spirit of service sweeping the nation). The first one is for a local charity organization called YesWeServe. I found out about it through a friend of mine who’s involved–they go down to Mexico once a month and help out children in need down there. She asked some friends if anyone would be interested in helping them out with a website–since they didn’t have one–so I volunteered. I met with the founders of the organization, Geir and Kurt, who are very nice people, and we just put it together. It’s a simple site and we got it up very quickly. Here’s a screenshot of the home page:
The second site is for the Windspear Guild in the online game World of Warcraft. Um, it’s the guild that my husband started and one that I now belong to also (yes, I’m a nerd!). They had a web site already but it was just sad, so I decided to lend a hand. Now it looks much cooler and maybe more of the members will be involved in the forums and stuff.
First one in the Tama series, which means “round” in Japanese, for obvious reasons. I tried to analyze why those round shapes were so appealing to me. They remind me of bubbles, of eggs, of reproduction–things that many women going into their late 30s think about, I think. Circles are geometric yet organic, and it seemed like a good transition from my flowers to more abstracted organic forms. I still don’t know if this one’s quite finished yet–it’s still hanging in the living room, and I’m still waiting to see it calls out for any further finishing touches. The above, Tama I, is 36″ x 48.”
These orange guys are 14″ x 14″, and feature more of the circles/bubbles, but now they’re joined by more “plant-like” forms, with little olive pods growing on their stems. Hard to get out of the plant thing, it seems.