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30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY NINE: “Thumbnails,” Canvas-in-Progress

DAY NINE: "Untitled"

"Untitled sketches." 8"x10". Graphite on inkjet print-out with tape and ballpoint pen (sketchbook).

Today’s post: a look into the world of how I develop concepts into my sketchbook! Maybe it’s because of the fact that I love collaging for texture or whatever, but I always end up succeeding in my sketchbook for conceptual work a fair lot better if I’m working on top of print-outs from the computer. DON’T ASK ME WHY; I JUST DO. In this case, I took pictures of my now-mostly finished canvas (all it needs is a sand!), organized the thumbnails in Photoshop, et voila! There’s an unfortunate shadow in my studio that created that diagonal coloring effect, but I find it to be a happy accident that I’m probably going to incorporate into whatever composition I choose first. I like most of them a fair amount, but I think the one in the lower left hand corner is what I’m going with first.

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30 DAYS, DAY SEVEN: “Untitled,” Canvas-in-Progress

DAY SEVEN: "Untitled"

"Untitled." 30"x24". Repurposed pattern paper and gesso on linen.

I’m hoping that something more organic comes from this week, as I’m going with my instincts: larger projects split into smaller steps, versus this entire LET’S MAKE SOMETHING IN ONE DAY STOP. By vowing to do this already, I’ve made something I like — or rather, the foundation to something I’m going to really like. This is a reclaimed canvas from a former project that I made last semester that I Hated with a capital H; it’s going to be my first foray into one of my experiments with incorporating collage elements with oil painting. I’m super-stoked, as I’m already liking what I’m seeing just one day into the gessoing process. My plans: more pattern paper! More gesso, both of the white and clear varieties! Then, I’ll sand down and start with the actual painting — but first, a series of thumbnail sketches to figure out compositions and all that fun jazz. If anybody from Thirty Days is reading this: major shout out to the person who commented on my first origami piece, for you gave me the idea for this series! THANKS!

By the by, if you want to see another more head-on angle of this piece-in-progress, check out this page on Flickr.

30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY SIX: “Alterations!”

DAY SIX: Alterations!

"Alterations!" Dimensions variable. Denim.

Fine, Thirty Days Project: my weekends will officially be a grab bag of nonsense. In this case: an impromptu sewing project to give me a pair of jean shorts for $0. It seems wrong to say there was much process to do this beyond dreaming of making cut-offs in a certain way, having someone help me cut the legs in a rough generality, narrowing shit down, and doing a zig-zag stitch, so I won’t call it a process. Still, pow! Instant ~fashion~ — or something like that!

30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY FIVE: “Origami, 1 of Many”

DAY FIVE: Origami, Part 1 of Many

"Origami, Part 1 of Many." Dimensions variable. Origami paper.

Oof, five days in and I’ve already missed a day. Not gonna lie: this was probably going to happen eventually, so what’s important is that I just embrace that slips happen and that I should soldier on. And so today, after a flurry of errands and shopping for supplies, I started on one of my long-term projects for this month: my origami crane garland. I’m presently in a flurry of big writing stuff right now, so the projects over the next week or so are probably going to be small and/or revert to the cranes if I can’t do anything else. Sometimes, it’s just the act that counts — or is that just what the apologist says to make herself feel better?

30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY THREE: “Fierce,” Portrait Sketch

DAY THREE: "Fierce"

"Fierce." 2" x 3". Ballpoint pen (sketchbook).

Sometimes, there’s not a lot to say. Contacts freak-out + being really slow to start + having ~plans~ this evening + hearing about the passing of a celebrity that I was so fond of in childhood = a tiny sketch for today’s offering.

30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY TWO: “Dog Hill,” Animal Study in Surrealist Landscape.

DAY TWO: "Dog Hill"

"Dog Hill." 11.5" x 7". Watercolor on cold press paper, ballpoint pen.

Click “Continue Reading” to, well, continue! Dunno if today’s saga of process will be nearly as long given that I have a concrete idea as of the beginning of this post, but who knows?

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30 DAYS PROJECT, DAY ONE: “Invaders Must Die,” Self-Portrait

"Invaders Must Die." 8.5" x 11.5". Watercolor on cold press paper, graph paper, ballpoint pen, white charcoal.

"Invaders Must Die." 8.5" x 11.5". Watercolor on cold press paper, graph paper, ballpoint pen, white charcoal.

Picture up front, as per as per. Click on the lovely “Continue Reading” link if you want to hear about the process for Day 1!