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Warming Up

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During my second summer in Chicago, I spent the first few creative moments in my new studio drawing fingers. I drew them in continuous lines, as severed tips, with my eyes closed, with my head laying on the table, from right to left and left to right, slowly, quickly, and with a variety of pens.

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These playful drawings set the tone for the rest of the work I created this summer. More to come soon!

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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.

Snap! Crackle! Pop! (details)

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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New Work: Just Do It

Just Do It

Just Do It
Watercolor + ink
9″ x 12″

This is the second painting in my new series “Diabetes on the Brain,” but the slogan “Just Do It” (from Nike) is actually what sparked the idea for this collection of artwork. I’m not sure how or why I started thinking about the connections between popular slogans and diabetes, but I did and one idea that kept popping into my head was the act of pricking my finger and the hesitation that I experience right before I push the button. I often mentally tell myself to just do it and get it over with already, and I thought, hmm..how fitting.

Just Do It (detail)

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New Work: Finger Lickin’ Good

Finger Lickin' Good

Finger Lickin’ Good
Watercolor + ink
12″ x 9″

This piece is the first in a new series of mine titled “Diabetes on the Brain”. I’ve taken popular slogans and applied them to my life with diabetes. If you haven’t already guessed, the slogan I chose for this piece is from KFC. And yes, I do lick my finger after testing my blood sugar, mostly because it’s convenient. I just couldn’t resist the combination of the phrase and this imagery ;]

Finger Lickin' Good (detail)

I have a whole list of slogans that I’ll be using and for now, the plan is to continue making watercolor + ink paintings in a variety of sizes. At first, I was going to include the slogan in the actual artwork, but I think I’m going to just use it in the title and let the audience make that connection, especially when seeing the series as a whole.

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