Paper Crane Fight!

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not entirely sure who won.

1. 2. 3!

September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here we go!

Since I didn’t share as much of the “in progress” bits as usual, here is a brief summary:

Currently

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Coming along . . .

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Ugly Birds . . .

September 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is becoming a small-ish painting. It currently looks more like this:

One of my friends back home was attempting to rush paint some matryoshka doll artwork for me because she’s awesome, but wasn’t able to finish before I actually visited. Anyway, I was kind of enamored with her elaborate designs & was like, ” I wanna try!”

But of course, my drawing style differs greatly from this friend of mine so I kind of put the want aside for a while thinking it would be far too complicated & time consuming & something I would botch up. Then there was one day when I was doodling pictures of penguins in my journal which of course morphed into ugly birds. & Then there were many ugly birds of various sizes & you can see how things went from there! Anyway, this one has been so fun to work on that I’ve been working quite slowly. I almost never want it to be finished!

Release

May 15, 2011 § 4 Comments

Whew! I finally feel okay about showing you the completed diptych! I have been finding myself settling into the way I like to make things. More & more I want everything to look crafted, handmade, not professional. I want to share the way I see things in my head, not necessarily how they are or even how they can be.

So the hand I left relatively realistic. The courage it takes to let go of things is by no means light or distant. It is difficult. I decided to make the balloons incredibly unrealistic. What happens to every worry or every heartbreak that we let go of is a mystery, it is entirely imagination. I wanted my “imagination” canvas to be colorful, childlike, and made with love. I wanted it to be whimsical even though I am pretty tired of the word whimsical. I wanted the imagination aspect to be so light that the balloons literally lifted from the canvas, so I gave them that texture.

These two together are part painting, part craft project. While I am already thinking of a zillion ways my execution could have been better, I like the idea & the path these little projects seem to be taking.

Leave it Be & Walk Away

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Okay, enough of this hand! I am forcing myself to just knock it off already. Moving on to the balloons . . .

Layers

May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sometimes when I’m painting things, I tend to get really hung up on making a zillion layers with just very subtle changes in colors. Combining this with the fact that I really like drawing hands means I have spent way more time on this for how not close to being done it is. Haven’t even started the other canvas!

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