Monday, May 11, 2009

Woe is Bottom

Or, "When Bottom misses his cue in 'Midsummer,' and Tree-Dude from 'The Old Woman in the Wood- takes a fancy to his fair lady."

"Woe Is Bottom," c. 2009

"Lose track of that iceberg, and the world flips over..."

"Let Go," c. 2007
"You can pin your hopes on anything. The thinner the justification, the more desperate the motivation, the harder we hold onto it. Lose track of that iceberg and the world flips over: you don't mess with people's real sh*t... The most inconsequential things are the most important... especially for those who have no hope."

-Jacob, on "Gossip Girl" writing for Television Without Pity. You can find his recaps here:

And I promise you, even if you never pay any mind to the show or have never turned it on, his recaps are awesome. Funny, well-written, touching--the whole nine.

I'm a big fan of that show, but an even bigger fan of the recaps--where the TWOP recapper goes into great detail about the facades being put up by the characters, how people really crack once someone knocks down their last hope once and for all, how a person (if ever) can get past pain they've gone through or bad choices they've made, and the idea of being a "New" versus an "Old" version of yourself (and whether those changes or "New" versions or reforms ever really work, ever really stick, and are ever really real).

Anyway, I thought of his recaps when posting these pictures.

"It was then he showed me..." c. 2007

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Hi everyone!

Hope this Mother's Day is filled with smiles and relaxation. Love and hugs to all the great moms I know (my own and my friend Dorothee, for example), and to all mommies in the world.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Draggin' along

"The White Fire Of Guilt," c. 2008

"Dragon Dance," c. 2008

"Yang," c. 2008

I should warn everyone that I really, really, really like puns. I wrote my college entrance essay on telling terrible jokes, all the time, and how much I enjoyed doing so... and included several bad jokes in said essay... and somehow, was still admitted!

Point being, that in two out of these three pieces, there are dragons. Hence my silly post title.

The first one I did after reading a poem about Indonesia that really struck me. I don't recall if it was formally published or not (a former teacher of mine gave it to me from a book she'd found), but it was talking (basically) about the dichotomy of poverty and riches in Indonesia, especially with tourists being in the latter category. There was a line about the tea being made with fire, and the whole passage made it abundantly clear how difficult and painful it can literally be to farm the tea, while the people who drink it just kind of sit around comfortably, without consequence. I wish I could find it to explain it better, but the drawing I did will have to suffice as my interpretation and explanation.
The second one is called "Dragon Dance," and I guess I was on a roll since I did it shortly after the previous piece, and after pouring through some magazines with tons of pictures of Indonesian dancers, sculptures, and architecture.

The third one was in the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Juried Exhibition last August. I was excited to get to be part of it, and I was also excited that a happy piece of mine got in! I do some stuff of an upbeat nature, although a lot of it tends to be dark. Anyway, the piece is called "Yang," so it's about happiness and the good half of the entire Yin/Yang phenomenon.

Anyway, I know in a fair amount of stories dragons can be evil or a foe to overcome, and in some songs they're (questionably) stoned-- but in my case, I just hope they seem merry and fun.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Brown paper bag memories

Well, not actually penned on a brown paper bag, but from a sketchbook--of brown recycled paper. Which, perhaps, was once a paper bag? Anyway, I've been meaning to do more of these and haven't had time, but I really like doing brown on brown sepia drawings. It has some of the stark contrast of black/white ink drawing, but it's just subtle enough that it makes you think of an old photo, and feels sort of subdued. I'm not sure how to quite explain it. All I know is I want to do more drawings like this. Sadly, pesky things like work, assignments, and the whole twenty-four hours in a day thing get in the way.

"Happy Zoo," c. 2007

"Distance," c. 200