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Yes.

While I was in Chicago, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of feedback I received and consequently the number of ideas I had for my work. I wasn’t sure which path to go down and which method best suited my goals. This is how I was feeling when I had a studio visit with Gregg Bordowitz, the program director. I discussed my struggles with him, as well as my goals. He gave me tons of great advice, including one piece that became a major turning point for me.

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About a week or two earlier, I had gone to a fabric shop and picked up this piece of bright red-orange polyester material from a clearance bin. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, I was just drawn to the color. I hung it up in my studio like this for a while and didn’t touch it. During my meeting with Gregg, we looked at the material as we discussed creating a “yes” wall. His instructions were as follows: 1) For 3 or 4 days, say “yes” to everything. 2) The next day, say “no.” Cover things up and make conscious decisions about what you want to include. I was really excited to try it out and decided to use the red-orange material since it was already something I’ve never used before.

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I had a lot of fun at first. I drew a large figure without worrying about proportions. I didn’t plan, I just painted. The fabric absorbed the paint quickly so I had to change the way I usually paint. The process was quick and pretty crude. I was happy with the piece so far and didn’t really want to add anything else, but it was my “yes” wall, so I forced myself to do more.

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I added more things and started to like it less and feel stuck. I started becoming concerned with the composition and I thought that I had already put too many colors so I stepped away from it for a few days and worked on other things. I guess at this point I wasn’t following the directions anymore.

When I did come back to it, I was in the zone. I used different materials and added text, numbers, shapes, images, and texture. By the time I “finished”, it had become my favorite piece from the whole summer. I’m really proud of it.

Yes.

Here is a list of the materials I used: acrylic paint (liquid, heavy bodied, and soft bodied), ink, oil pastel, oil stick, clear plastic, liquid watercolor, diabetic socks, medical tape, and thumbtacks.

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I’m not sure what’s going to happen with this piece. Right now it’s folded up in a bag until I find somewhere to hang it up. I might add more to it, but it’s more likely that I’ll make a new one using a similar process.

Thanks for reading!

 

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New Work: There is No Substitute

There is No Substitute

There is No Substitute
Watercolor + ink
6″ x 9″

This is a painting of a pancreas and I think it’s clear that I’m talking about how there is no substitute for a working pancreas. In a (very small) nutshell, diabetes is caused when the pancreas doesn’t function properly. It doesn’t produce insulin like it’s supposed to, so I and millions of other diabetics have to inject insulin manually. And while that may seem inconvenient, but easy enough, it’s actually very difficult. I read an article yesterday that put it nicely: “Diabetes is a tough disease to treat. It sometimes feels like the more we learn about it, the harder it can be to treat it well, as we are trying to mimic the marvelously complex processes of the human body” (Dr. Claresa Levetan). As always, thanks for reading.

P.S. The slogan I used is from Porsche :]

Link to article: T1 Diabetes is Complicated…Even for Doctors

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New Work: Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Snap! Crackle! Pop!
Watercolor + ink
12″ x 9″

This painting is the third in my series “Diabetes on the Brain” in which I take popular slogans and apply them to my life with Type 1 Diabetes. So far, the connection in this piece is probably the most difficult to recognize so let me explain. I’ve been giving myself insulin injections for over 20 years, and there are only so many places on the body to inject, so over time I have developed scar tissue in certain areas such as my arms. Sometimes when I give an injection now, I get a weird sensation where it feels like the needle is going through layers of thin crackly material…that’s honestly the best way I can think of to describe it, and I realize that it’s a little disturbing. And to be honest, I’m not sure if that happens because of scar tissue or something else.

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Anyway, this slogan is from the cereal Rice Krispies and I thought it was a humorous way to describe an otherwise uncomfortable feeling. On another note, I think I’m going to be redoing the pieces in this series, mostly because I’m not totally satisfied with the contrast between the ink and the watercolor. I’ve wanted to try painting with gouache for a long time, and I think this is the perfect opportunity to try them out. Thanks for reading!

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Progress #2: Diabetes on the Brain + New Pens!

Hello! Here’s a peek at the next piece in my new series “Diabetes on the Brain.” This one will be a bit harder to figure out than the last two.

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Also, I bought new pens yesterday and I love them so far. I’ve been wanting to try out a brush pen for a while because I use ink pens a lot, but I always buy the same fine tip ones so I can’t achieve the variety of lines that I want. A brush pen seemed like a happy medium between a small paintbrush and a pen so I finally bought one. Actually, I bought a variety pack because it was a better deal :]

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I used the regular brush pen (B) for the above drawing. It’s easy to use and the ink dries quickly so I’m a happy customer. Thanks for reading!

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New Work: Prime Real Estate

Prime Real Estate

Prime Real Estate
24″ x 24″
Oil

This painting is technically finished, but I’ve been thinking about adding something to it…and if I do, I’ll have to change the title, but for now I’m leaving it alone :] The idea behind this piece was a simple one. I wanted to show all the different spots that I give insulin injections. This is what diabetics refer to as a “site chart”. It’s a diagram that shows all the best places to give an injection or place a pump site. You can find plenty of images like this with a simple google search; however, I am refining it a bit to reflect my own practice as a diabetic. For instance, the top of the breast is generally not a place that patients are encouraged to give an injection, but for some people it works.

Prime Real Estate (detail)

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