Archive for January, 2013

  • buildingspaintingdetail
  • cityscape-paint-progress-feb2013

Working on my NYC skyline – it’s so tiny, my eyes feel like they’re falling out just to see the details. Can you believe it took 6 hours to paint just this much? The time just flew; proof of how much I love painting!

Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about Sandy Hook. When I first heard about the terrible shootings last month, I couldn’t really digest what was happening and my first reaction was to block it out. Tragedy always paralyzes me and what could I possibly do to help those innocent children after the fact? I avoided the newscasts and headlines, knowing they would only break my heart.

As the weeks passed I felt more and more disquiet. I had to do something – WE had to do something. So I spoke to my friends, fellow artists, and tried to come up with a plan, but things remained amorphous, and I didn’t want any empty gestures.

But last week I found out about the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, from the United Way of Western Connecticut. They are helping the survivors and the people of Newtown/Sandy Hook, by providing support services and resources as needed. From counseling to financial support, I know the families of the victims could use such services, and I was so happy there was a way I could help.

2013_01portraitsSo, to raise as much money as possible, I am auctioning off a custom, hand-drawn portrait, in support of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund – highest bidder gets a portrait of whoever they want me to draw; and the people who need it most, get 100% of the auction price, directly through eBay.

It’s really hard not knowing what to do to help people who are far away, whom you don’t know, and not being able to fathom how much they’ve been through. But hopefully, this little bit will contribute to the combined efforts of us all, to show our love and support.

If you would like to have a portrait done for yourself, of a loved one or family pet, and would like 100% of the proceeds to go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, please go to my live auction here ». It ends on January 29th, 2013, and more info can also be found on my Causes page. Thanks so much and God Bless <3

Painting a brain on a clear overlay

I found a model of a brain and am really enjoying painting my own version of it for my mixed media piece. I am using a clear overlay so that I can move it around freely over the canvas, and also add more dimension.

Another amazing TED Talk; I love this video – I am humbled and inspired by Jarrett’s story. Hurrah for kids who grow up loving to draw!

(via Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist)

Photo of Central Park - Jan 10, 2013

“When in doubt, always choose your Passion” — paraphrasing @Janet_Attwood as I run thru Central Park – So true & inspiring!!

  • 1-4-13: The DR Mixed Media Piece
  • 1-7-13: The DR Mixed Media Piece
  • Drawing a skyline on my collarbone

I’m continuously surprised by where this piece is going. Continuing with the image transfers, and now drawing an NYC Skyline across my neck and collarbone. What next?

Happy 3 Kings Day; I enjoyed this video, thought you all might too: (via Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us)

With teeth

I love what happens when art gets weird.

  • image transfer
  • transfered image

Testing out an image transfer process: laser-printed seal from the Altar de la Patria, matte gel medium, & an old unfinished painting.

image transfer

Woke up a bit early to see if my image transfer worked: success!

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Happy New Year! Check out this thought-provoking video…

To be a Lady: A Panel Discussing the Challenges of Women in the Arts (by ArtStudentsLeagueNY)