Tag: pink

June + July Inspiration

ML collage

1. Maria Lassnig’s paintings–especially the ones with pink

“I was tired of pretending for the sake of others that I would survive. I became preoccupied with the burdens that sick people bear on behalf of those around them who are well.”

2. Interviews with Gregg Bordowitz

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3. Pepto Bismol pink


4. Pinky Bass’ embroidered photographs


5. Sugar

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6. Joseph Grigely’s Conversation pieces

Links: 1a/1b/2/3/4/5/6


Medicine as Material



During my residency in Chicago, I had several discussions with my advisor Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. She was awesome and gave me so much inspiration and guidance. During one of my individual studio visits with her, I was talking about my obsession with the color pink, especially bubblegum or Pepto Bismol pink and she said, “Why don’t you paint with Pepto Bismol?” She then went on to suggest that I paint with a variety of medicines just to see what happens.

The next day I think, I went to Walgreens and picked up some of the cheapest medicine I could find. I got the Walgreen’s version of Pepto Bismol, aspirin, sugar free cough drops, ibuprofen, cold medicine, glucose tablets, and glucose liquid, plus some extra things like alcohol swabs and socks for diabetics.


I made a couple pieces with the medicine. My favorite is the first piece that I made. I took a piece of unprimed canvas and pinned it to the wall so that it would lay horizontally with assistance from a chair. I proceeded to squirt, splatter, and drip the pepto, cold medicine, and some liquid watercolor onto the canvas. The liquids sat on the surface of the canvas for days before finally getting absorbed into the fabric and drying. It was pretty interesting to see how it changed each time I went in my studio.



I also experimented with imprinted surfaces. I put a layer of spackle on two small boards and pushed ibuprofen, cough drops, and some bottle caps into it. I also squirted cold medicine onto the surface as it dried. I ended up painting on top of everything once it was dry.




Here are a few more pieces where I mixed paint and liquid medicine:


DSC_2226Thanks for reading!



Getting It Out

Yes Wall

This is my “Yes Wall,” on which I do (almost) anything that I think of. It’s been a weird process, but I’ll have to talk about it later because my schedule today is pretty packed (per usual). I just want to give snippets of info on here so I remember to come back to them once I have time. Thanks for reading and have a nice weekend! xoxo

Yes Wall (detail)

Yes Wall (detail)


Experimental Summer

I wish I had the time to write a post reviewing every single day of my residency, because that’s how much content I have to share. Unfortunately my schedule is completely packed, but I at least want to share some images of things I’m working on! Also, if you can’t tell from the photos, I’m experimenting a LOT. A teeny bit of information: I’ve been working with sugar, medicine, and obviously the colors red and pink. Thanks for visiting!

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April Inspiration

andromeda quilt

1. Geometric shapesTheRules-JohnCage

2. “The Rules” by John Cage


3. Frida Kahlo’s self portraits and life


4. Leah Duncan’s Etsy shop items


5. Popular slogans…you’ll see why in the future


6. Artwork of everyday things

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

Have a great weekend!


New Work: All the Same

All the Same

All the Same
36″ x 12″

This next painting is based on a photo of an artery and a vein by Thomas Caceci. I was really drawn to the photo because of the texture, but also because of the subject matter. I think one reason I enjoy painting the inside of the body is because  it comments on the fact that despite the differences in beliefs, values, and lifestyles, all humans are essentially made up of the same stuff.

All the Same (detail)

Also, I’m not sure why, but I’m a little obsessed with putting pink in my paintings. For some reason they usually don’t feel complete until I add some shade of pink (I usually go for a bubblegum pink…). It’s probably just a phase. In any case, I really enjoy this painting :] Thanks for reading! I’ll share the third painting tomorrow.