I did some ink sketches the other day partially from some images of World War II soldiers. I'm really into the ink on tracing paper and am definitely going to make more, I got a LIFE book on Evolution that I'm excited to break out.
my review boards were today. I think it went very well over all, although I have noticed that the longer ago a critique happened the more I focus on the negatives, because they're the most important and therefore the worse I feel about it as time goes on. However, that said, it does mean that I will have a little more time for a week or so (I'm going to luxuriate with a tiny break from the studio, by which I mean I'm not going to go in every single day this week) and that means I can document some work that I haven't had a chance to and overhaul and reorganize my website which is a mess!
Most important news, I'm going to start a very large canvas based on the small lavender painting with the shadow in the last post, I'm not blowing up that image, it was just the spark for another image.
I did this little painting last night and I'm really in love with it. I immediately considered making some more of them, but now I'm not so sure. I'm thinking about it.
In other news this painting was going awesomely last night, when I worked on it for the first time in weeks, up until right after this point and now it's a fiasco. I guess I'm going to spend all weekend not only working on everything else I have to do, but also fixing this even though it should already be presentable for review boards on Monday. ALSO these images are being totally de saturated by blogger for some reason, they look a lot better IRL.
Just finished this drawing, it has a counterpart which will be coming soon. Also some photographic counterparts where my head is not on fire and I hope they work out (I haven't developed the sheet negatives yet). In other news, my art work from my semester abroad in Italy FINALLY arrived this week! I've finally documented most of the work and it should be up on my website by the end of this week!
Will from rare books and manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, where I worked this summer, showed me these crazy Durer wood blocks of some scenes from Revelations; one of them had an angel with a sword that has a cloud body, a head made of the rays of the sun and columns of fire for legs. I doodled this during a meeting later that day and then it became a small painting. I'm sorry tat I'm just showing you these small pieces that I make to go in different directions every now and then, but the larger works are taking their time and I'm not really ready to show them yet. I'm working on them and will post them soon.
We got up to some shenanigans yesterday doing our large format photography assignment for this week. The assignment is pretty basic, centering around photographing architecture, so I decided we should go down the Jones Falls Expressway because there are a lot of abandoned warehouses with a lot of machinery still inside and some lovely 19th century details. HOWEVER, the boys took over and decided that we should go to the Lebow Coat factory which shut down some twenty years ago and has been abandoned ever since. A lot of kids from MICA go there to do projects or to scavenge fabric and buttons. There are racks upon rack still filled with finished or half finished coats and the floors are covered in buttons in some parts. Anyway, Ricardo said he knew where it was and he definitely didn't, so instead we stumbled upon this building which we thought was it for sure, so we went inside. When we got inside it was clear that it wasn't the coat factory but by some leftover filing cabinets with paper work still in them and some large glass coverings for lights that were around we've surmised that the company that owned the building used to manufacture and also maybe rent out lighting for the city and for city events. We've dubbed it Baltimore Light and Electric.
These shots are not our photo homework by the way, just some documentation of our exploration since large format is not really a large quantity kind of process.
We still have to take more shots, so we'll probably get to the coat factory or the Jones Falls warehouses next week. Also! I'm wearing my new Annie Wu shirt that I got at SPX this weekend with her illustration for the made up western "Poison in her Well". I'm in love with it.
There will be updates soon. I haven't even begun to work really because the first two weeks have been full of road trips to weddings in North Carolina and engagement parties for friends. Here are some lovely shots of our road trip wedding by my boy friend Ricardo Contreras. Our friend and room mate Michael Clayton, offered his car and driving and was a doll in general. Some more photographs coming and then some work.
Normally I make a lot of art work, but ever since going away to Italy for what was supposed to be school and was totally not, and then summer and my internship at the Walters I'm not really doing much these days other than working for Will Noel in our Hogwarts-like room full of manuscripts and hanging out with my friends who are in Baltimore for the summer (Abby, John, Kat,Michael, Rebecca) HOWEVER, I did do this one thing this week because I found two new tubes of pink acrylic in my garage in Florida so I brought them with me and futzed around.
As you may or may not know dear readers, I am interning at the Walters Art Museum for two months this summer in the rare books and manuscripts department and today is my first day! A big part of my job is going to be to tweet about all the beautiful Islamic manuscripts in the museum's collection such as:
so follow me on my twitter account Christinabee to see them in the coming weeks! They'll be a lot bigger than this because we send out the original files so you can see all the intricate detail. It's a great way to see some art everyday!
So the semester in Italy finished up a week ago or so and since then Ricardo and I have been on the move, and we will be for a while, so this is the formal wrap up and announcement of a hiatus which will end on May 11th when I’m back in the states. The MICA show at SACI had a good turn out and marked the end of our semester nicely with only our finals for our SACI classes left. My etching critique was quick and painless and my Helen Watterson art history class was well, easy, but far from painless. Anway, we’ve left SACI behind to hit up Venice, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, and Amsterdam so here’s an overview of our final show and I’ll be back on May 11th!
my watercolors with Ricardo’s larger light drawings
James Eads looking at Visual Journals nex to Jeff TImlin’s paintings
These are my latest pieces for my MICA class in Florence for Ken Tisa. We were challenged to make a piece about myth, although that was clearly not a stretch for me or my work in particular, I really liked the pieces that came out of it, I think it's a new good direction I'll be going in. These are some of the smaller pieces (4 in x 4 in or so), there's one slightly larger piece (25 in x 25 in or so) which is basically the same. I'm really excited about these colors.