Drawing in Progress – “Pause after Pause”

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This is a drawing I work on for 10 or 15 minutes every morning before work. Once completed, the two pieces of paper will be side by side to fom one longer piece. This the seond color layer almost finished, with the bottom two “commas” on the left hand side to be completed.  Several layers more layers will be added. The finished drawing will be 7″h x 23″W.

Work in Progress – Berry Pods on Branch

felt balls!
that's a lot of felt balls

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Step 1: Spend way too much time making felt balls. — Oddly enough, it’s a soothing exercise. When I was too tired to do anything, let alone think, I could still make felt balls (which involves a very sharp instrument, so don’t discount it completely).

berries in their pods

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Step 2: Make pod shells   – sadly, I have a disgraceful camera, so these are more dark reddish purple than what you see here.

Step 3: Sew felt balls into pods.

Step 4: Realize it needs something more.

Step 5 (WILL BE) to create an approx. 5′ abstracted branch form from cherry ply, so the composition you see here will not be the final layout. It will be much more stretched out. Or so I think…
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Boley Sketch from Monster Drawing Rally

Boley Monster Rally Sketch
Boley Monster Drawing Rally Sketch to benefit Newhouse Womens Shelter

This 8.5 x 11″ sketch was the 1-hr trial run the night before the drawing rally, so the second and final version was definitely cleaner. Timed drawing is not my comfort zone, as I’m a pretty leisurely drawer, perhaps too leisurely…

In any case, if you’re pretty familiar with my work, you might guess that I’m a bit in love with the Boley Building downtown, as I’ve drawn its details a few times. I chalk it up to the fact that its primary detail so resembles a form I was drawing before I ever saw it, so adding the architectural elements to the berries was pretty natural.

It might all just go back to picking so many blueberries on the farm as a kid. I’m a bit fanatical about it now…

Rally Wrap-up

So the Monster Drawing Rally sounded like a fun concept, and it was. It was more of a pressure-situation than I’m used to, as I am not a particularly fast drawer, but it was good.
The Arts Incubator on a First Friday was packed as usual, and here is a link to some pics. And yes, I was the only artist to bring her own lighting. Anal or just prepared, it’s up for debate. I felt rather goofy brining it out, but I was drawing on black and it helped immensely!

I did a trial run the night before, so I’ll post an image of that later tonight.

Monster Drawing Rally

This Friday, March 5th, I will be a contributing artist for a Monster Drawing Rally at the Arts Incubator organized by Women in Design Kansas City. Along with many other artists, I will be drawing live for one hour and the results will be auctioned to benefit the Newhouse Womans Shelter. See the poster for details. I will be laying pretty low this year, exploring a lot of new work, so this will be one of the few opportunities to see me out and about, arting it up. I almost never draw live in public, but I’m sure it will be fun. Hope to see you out!

WIDKC Monster Drawing Rally poster

Event Summary for Monster Drawing Rally:

Date: March 5th, 2010

Time: 6:30pm happy hour begins 

7:00pm drawing begins

7:30pm pre-silent auction begins for donated artwork

8:00pm drawing ends and silent auction begins

9:00pm silent auction closes & winners are announced (bidders must be present to win!)

We will accept cash, check or credit card payments.

Raffle: Will occur periodically throughout the night

Tickets can be purchased for $1 or a used cell phone can be exchanged for two changes to win

Cost: Admission is free to the public. Art will be purchased in a silent auction.

Location: Arts Incubator Loft Space – 115 W. 18th St. KC, MO 64108

Music: provided by Sounds Fantastic

Photography: provided by Rick Milone

Wine: provided by Heredad Ugarte USA

Food: provided by Women in Design