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November + December Inspiration

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1. John Baldessari’s work and especially his philosophy on art: “I get really attracted to details and parts of things. I used to tell people I would feel happy if there was just one square inch of a painting I liked. I wouldn’t even have to like the whole painting.”

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2. Anatomy of Digestion cup and saucer from Street Anatomy

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3. Alexa Minc | Jewelry inspired by the human body

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4. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer | The Pulse Room

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5. Mayan Art

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6. Boo and Boo Factory | Handmade Leather Jewelry

“You are about to enter the much more difficult phase of unlearning everything you have learned in college, of questioning it, redefining it, challenging it, and reinventing it to call it your own. More than in any other vocation, being an artist means always starting from nothing. Our work as artists is courageous and scary. There is no brief that comes along with it, no problem solving that’s given as a task… An artist’s work is almost entirely inquiry based and self-regulated. It is a fragile process of teaching oneself to work alone, and focusing on how to hone your quirky creative obsessions so that they eventually become so oddly specific that they can only be your own.”

7. Teresita Fernández’s 2013 commencement address at VCU 

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

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Sneak Peek: Fall Projects

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Picture 1“The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is seeking art for its upcoming exhibition, Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine. Entries should include three self-portraits: you as you are today; you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with an unhealthy habit you have today; and you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with a healthy habit you have today.” 

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Various New Works

As a grad student, one of my goals is to make a lot of work and flesh out a lot of ideas. I got a good start during my first summer residency in Chicago. Here are several of the small paintings and drawings I created:

Untitled (Red and Blue Grid)

Untitled (Red and Blue Grid)
8″ x 8″
Watercolor

Untitled (Anonymous)

Untitled (Anonymous)
8″ x 8″
Ink + acrylic

Untitled (Pink Grid)

Untitled (Pink Grid)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor

Untitled (R/N)

Untitled (R/N)
6″ x 6″
Ink + gouache + tape

Untitled (Other Grid)

Untitled (Data)
6″ x 6″
Blood

Untitled (Conversation)

Untitled (Conversation)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink

Untitled (Deal With It)

Untitled (Deal With It)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink + acrylic

Untitled (Scrambled)

Untitled (Scrambled)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + oil pastel

Untitled (Ketones)
Untitled (Ketones)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor

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New Work: Self-Destruct

Self-Destruct

Self-Destruct
Mixed Media (medicine, watercolor, acrylic, ink, oil pastel)
20″ x 28″

Self-Destruct (process 1) Self-Destruct (process 2)

Inspired by this quote from Jill Mormon in response to my question, “What is the hardest part about living with diabetes?”:

“Feeling like my body and the system designed to help me care for it are ALWAYS working against me and my health.”

Self-Destruct (detail 1)

Self-Destruct (detail 2)

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Playing with Surfaces: Yupo

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I painted on Yupo paper for the first time when I was in middle school and I thought it was such a cool surface to work with. I didn’t use it again until recently when I was in Chicago. I was shopping around for a variety of surfaces to experiment on and I was immediately drawn to the Yupo paper. You can get some really cool effects on this non-absorbent surface. I plan on doing a lot more work with it.

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cell on yupo

red dots on yupo

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pink and red dots on yupo

pink and red dots on yupo detail

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Happy Mother’s Day!

The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

Being a mother is such a huge responsibility, but definitely a huge gift as well. I am so thankful for my mom and I admire all the mothers who are there for their kids and strive to give them the best they can. This day is for all you beautiful ladies! Thanks for all you do, and to my own mother: Thank you, especially. I love you!!

The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe (process) The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe (detail)

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Peaks of Otter

Peaks of Otter

Peaks of Otter
14″ x 14″
Oil

This painting is almost a year old now, but I don’t think I ever shared it on here so that’s what I’m doing today. The Peaks of Otter are three peaks that are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It’s a special place for me because I’ve been going there with my family ever since I was a little kid. I have many pictures of this place and I’ve always wanted to paint it, but I never did until last year. This style of painting is a little different from what I had been doing and I was really happy with the final piece. The canvas itself is actually made from a recycled picture frame over which I stretched some unprimed canvas.

Peaks of Otter (detail 1) Peaks of Otter (detail 2)

Thanks for reading :]

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New Work: D.C. Drummer

D.C. Drummer

D.C. Drummer
16″ x 20″
Oil

So…it only took me about 2 months to get around to finishing this painting. Better late than never right? The funny thing is that it only took an hour to finish it. I mostly just corrected some shapes and added details. Anyway, if you’d like to read the story behind this painting, click HERE. Thanks for visiting!

D.C. Drummer (detail 1) D.C. Drummer (detail 2)

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25% off Etsy Products

Hello! I wanted to formally announce that between now and April 30th, you can receive 25% off of any purchase from my Etsy shop using the coupon code SPRINGFEVER. I sell one of a kind hand-stamped clothing and original wall art. Both are perfect for spring and summer and they also make great gifts. Take a look! [The “I sell on Etsy” image to the right will take you to my shop]

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