Werk

Its been a good week, I already blew it and am posting my blog post on Tuesday instead of Sunday but whatcha gonna do. I think I mentioned it before but I also have a full time job, and these last few weeks I've been working more than normal. Recently, because of that, when I do get some free time all I want to do is sit down and work on the projects I've been dreaming about. Which I did end up doing this week! Some weeks, or months I feel very directionless, this usually happens after completing a show, and I completed two in June. So I'm just starting to get back in the groove of making things I'm excited about. Since completing those two shows I have mainly been working in my sketchbooks, and making a lot of garbage- which is a good thing! Junk making is necessary. I have some acrylic paintings on panel that Ive been getting excited about, the cool thing about working with the acrylic paintings is that I can work through composition and the intentionality of my image while still remaining loose- cause I can just cover it all up if I hate it or want to change it. 

Subterranean, Acrylic on Panel, 16x20 inches- available through Panorama Gallery in Oakland

Subterranean, Acrylic on Panel, 16x20 inches- available through Panorama Gallery in Oakland

I have also enjoyed taking those things from my sketchbooks and translating them into small drawings using india ink washes. That form of creating loosely and then editing, and then re editing has been very straightforward and satisfying. There's a natural progression and it makes sense to me- I don't have to come up with something 'genius' out of the blue, instead I have material that I am pulling from. 

You can see the original graphite sketches that inspired the ink drawings here

You can see the original graphite sketches that inspired the ink drawings here

So anyway, I completed Subterranean- the acrylic painting above, and that will be at Panorama Framing in Oakland on the 2nd of September. Very excited about that show, my friend Hall from college is the curator and she's got a badass group of people showing. I also finished up 2 new zines, and created 4 new prints that will be available at my table at SF Zine Fest on Sept. 4th. I'm really excited about that- zine fest will be cool and very different for me. I am considering taking up Eleni Kalorkoti's challenge of a new zine a month- and possibly a years subscription option for people. I think making these little zines helped me to get loose, let go of the notion of the 'perfect idea' and pull my aesthetic together. It would hard to do one zine a month but I also think it would be a good challenge. I'm just trying to figure out how to create the subscription option. Anyway I have a ton of work to get back to right now. I'll post again next week with all sorts of crazy new ideas and thoughts.