Art with Cause

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Monday, May 17, 2010

I found myself.... I always seem to do when I meander down memory lane. I was beautiful yet so messed up. Many time I look back and my poor decision are so ugly, I forget about the beautiful parts of those memories.
My first million years of college I wish to forget because I really failed that opportunity (what an UGLY mess). But I met so many amazing artists, had the opportunity to study under them and they have impacted my talent to this day. That is the part I shouldn't forget.
It might not surprise you if I confess that I had a problem with authority, back then. Ya see, they just wouldn't listen to me! (lol) And I fought with them (more, with the ones I liked more). I sadly let myself forget their names.
They might like to know that this arrogant lil punk actually did listen in between my smoke breaks (which were of course more often than permitted). And I learned too! It just took 10 years or so for it all to sink in!!
I recently saw art work in Munson William Proctor's 62nd Exhibition of Central New York Artists that reminded me of those days. I discovered, those were done by some of my past instructors (which is a long story).
I wonder where the rest of those instructor are now. I found one today. A painting teacher, who actually had a big impact on my current works. We were remembering those days and she was asking if I remembered any of the other teachers and I must have looked so dumb trying to remember with her.... now that I am home, ah! I remember!!! Oh yeah!!! lol. We could have had a better time reminiscing if only I didn't try to forget everything!! I should have retained so much more!!! (and now a flood of memories is sweeping through my mind.)
I have learned to accept the good with the bad in my memories of so much of my life - why I didn't with these college memories is beyond me.

Dear... of all those instructors who suffered (and some did) with me - Thank you, you meant a lot to me.
Here are some of my drawings from those years:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Super Interactive Art!!!

a n d . a . v i e w . t h a t . e n v e l o p e s . y o u r . p e r i p h e r a l . v i s i o n !

here is an interesting concept:
  • you walk into a gallery room
  • and see a huge expanse of little squares hanging on a line (or a few)
  • the little squares fill your view
  • you can make out some words, some words you can't make out completely
  • behind you is a photo-booth!! Who doesn't LOVE a photo-booth?!?!?!
  • you jump in and SnAp! woo-hoo!
  • you cut one of the photos off and slip it into one of the little squares hanging on a line...
sounds interactive right?

But there is more!!! You then have to go to the museum's website and look for yourself.
kinda cool - an added level of interaction.
But there is more: they have posted some of the pics on facebook! You can tag yourself!!!

Here are some links to the super interactive art: Seattle Art Museum, Facebook Album

Andy Warhol took our everyday images and made them into art, giving modern idols a place in the art world! This photo wall is a fitting tribute to him. In today's world it would not be enough to make a huge litho of the word "Facebook" in a blue field or even just an "f" for that matter! No. In today's world we'd have to get the viewers of the art to actually click on facebook in order to make the equivalent statement. It says so much about our current "Pop Culture".
I'll give this a five star rating: ***** (who knew I'd start a rating system?!)

Mixed Media

Here are a few of my mixed media projects. I really need to get a filter for my camera to take better pic of these. There is glare on each of them from shiny "things" I used while making them. Please forgive the poor photography - I am really not a photographer.

Please leave me comments letting me know what you think... I love a good critique!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Final Drawing

The concept behind this drawing was very interesting.
Everyone in the room wrote on four slips of paper (one slip was a place, next slip an emotion, then a sound, and finally an object) and placed them in the respectively labeled jars. Then we had a lottery to draw out any slip of paper.
place = my mind
emotion = happy childhood memory like a warm spring day
sound = echo
object = an old bloodied leather glove
Then we had to create a drawing using these four elements. So I set out to do some research on myself. I also focused on a thought that was handed to me by Mr. C: Go back to the images that you tended to draw when you were younger - there was a reason you drew them and pull from that resource. (slightly paraphrased)
My childhood drawings had tall vertical elements in a rhythm through the page: Ladders, tall flowers, tall trees, tall houses. And a few horizontal elements: leaves and people were small at the bottom, flower tops and birds were at the top, and the middle only had ladder rungs or windows.
So I went back into my MIND and drew these elements (Happy Childhood Memory) in a repeating pattern (Echo) - then abruptly was stumped by the "evil glove"!
It interrupted my thoughts like an accident in the middle of a fun picnic... hey yeah! Like a bad memory can rip through a good memory!!!
Essentially I did two works and put them together.
I did the Bad memories using ripped out pages from my old sketchbook (and altered them with ink washes to make them look older).
Then I did washes of pastel and acrylic gel medium on canvas (primed and laid paper on) to represent the happy warm memories.
Then I ripped the canvas with five tears (the fingers of the glove) to expose the inside (bad memories).

During critique my friends said they wished they could see more of the bad memories. But really they are the things we work to keep hidden! And self created symbols to represent my issues.
But I did take a picture of the inside before I assembled it.
So here they are the finished drawing and the detail of the insides.
Let me know what you think.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I tried to Google Search for this blog. I was curious as to how search-able it is. I found interesting sites called:
Art For a Cause (.com)
Art with a Cause (.org)
Art BeCAUSE (.org)
Art 4 Cause (.com)
Art 4 Cause Intl (.com)
Sadly many of them haven't been active since 2008.

Unfortunately I didn't find this blog. sigh

I did find something a bit stranger that came up in the search. Many of us have heard about the research the government did on LSD in the 50's and 60's? Well the outcome of one test has been posted on someone's blog. I am not sure if it is the actual documentation or just someone with too much time on their hands making it up, but it is interesting (none the less).
It is interesting because it showed up in a search for "Art with Cause" - and it is seemingly so different from everything else that came up in the search.
It is also interesting because the drawings are strange and the documentation on the side is almost comical.
So if you have a moment for something completely bizarre, then check it out: AcidTrip1

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

While waiting for the epoxy to dry on my chandelier (Made from recycled and re-purposed materials), I thought I would take a moment to share more of my works. Here are some nude drawings I did. (No, I wasn't nude when I drew them, lol.) Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, and Oil Pastels... most are 18" x 24".

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Forget the Lemonade

"If life hands you lemons...
Then paint your world purple."
~and you can quote me on that!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Busy Busy

Sorry for the lack of interesting posts these days.
I am working on a mixed media drawing/painting and making a fine art chandelier out of recycled and re-purposed materials. I will post them when I am done.

While looking for inspiration for my lighting project, I happened upon this site for fine art lighting. So while I am busy assembling my work, enjoy looking through this site: FineArtLamps

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