Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Painting

This is painted on a full sheet of Rives BFK, quite possibly my new favorite paper. I started off very washy and abstract, adding layers of paint and then the map information, finally doing the detailed cocoons and moth. I have actually worked on the moth to add more form since this pic was taken. You will recognize this image from possible lifeworld part 2.

Contemplative Spring

Spring quarter was time for me to live with my ideas a bit. I did a lot of reading about addiction (Beautiful Boy by David Sheff -the father and Tweak by Nic Sheff, the addicted son) as well as about why otherwise rational people make irrational decisions (Sway written by two brothers whose name I can't think of right off). I mostly stayed out of the printmaking studios (though I missed making prints) and worked on mixed media pieces along with the video work.

This video still is a sketch for projecting onto paintings with my caterpillar imagery. I "kidnapped" a few of the many tent caterpillars that were on campus this Spring for a bug fix and to compare and contrast their behaviors with the silkworms. I loved capturing the moving images as they spun.