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Monday, October 30, 2006

Wind (Illustration Friday)

Two tries at this weeks topic. One in my monoprint class and another with watercolor. The monoprint didn't quite work because the second plate I put down didn't cover the bug. Oh well. I am new at monoprint and will keep trying.



Saturday, October 14, 2006

Illustration Friday - Smitten

I can't believe it's been so long since I've done illustration friday. Well, here's my submission for "Smitten". I am working and going to school, so I don't really have time to sit down and do a painting. So this is what you get (by the way, I tried to make an illustration for this topic in my monoprint class today and my instructor said, "You're regressing" so I chucked it):


Friday, May 12, 2006

FAT - Illustration Friday

A Self Portrait - This is how I feel lately:

Friday, February 17, 2006

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Simple - Illustration Friday

This weeks topic was "Simple". What could be more simple than a classic bob in black and white?

Friday, February 03, 2006

Chair 2

This is a watercolor I'm doing for my parents. It's not finished yet.

CHAIR (Illustration Friday topic for 2/2/06)

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"When the sixties dawned, one thing seemed sacred. The functionalism that the Bauhaus and the Modernist pioneers had given to the world in the 1930s was not up for grabs. In architecture and design, form must follow function. There was no room for decoration, disposability or frivolity. The purism of the new age allowed no sense of humour."

"In 1955, Florence Knoll had put back into production the classic Bauhaus furniture dsigns of the pre-war Modernists, notably Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, and there was a ready market for them." ... (1960s Writer) Tom Wolfe said that being invited to dinner was, "in this haven of functionalism", potentially dangerous. Wolfe says that Mies van der Rohe's ubiquitous S-shaped, tubular-steel, cane-bottomed chairs were so functional that by the time the main course had arrived, at least one guest had been pitched face-first into the lobster bisque."

- Sixties Source Book; A Visual Reference To The Style of a New Generation, by Nigel Cawthorne

This weeks topic is chair. I chose to do a modern chair (too literal?) from the post-war era. I love the Eames/Knoll style of chair and have a few such "pieces" in my apartment. However, they, admittedly, aren't the most comfortable things to sit in. Funnily enough, they were supposedly made for form to follow function. It turned out the other way around. Under the picture is a blurb from a book I recently read on 1960's style of architecture and interior design, which seemed to surmise pretty precisely my own constant battle in my brain with aesthetics versus comfort and happiness.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


This is my worst entry yet. I just did this in about an hour. I am going to redo it or do something new. My apologies.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bad Advice about Taxes

So I had this illusration/graphic design instructor that said, "Oh you can deduct photoshop and illustrator from your taxes."... "Oh you can deduct your computer", "You can deduct books you purchase as inspiration." ... "You can deduct this... you can deduct that...." Everytime anything came up throughout the semester she'd add, "Don't forget, it's tax deductible!"

Then at the end of the semester she had us all over to her house for tea. She showed us her studio, her published work, and then she showed us a painting she did of the worst year of her life. It was a painting about being audited by the IRS. She said it was the single most horrific thing she'd ever gone through.

After that I sort of threw out all of the advice she gave about deducting everything.

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