The Fringe Benefits of Failure

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 in art, life | 6 Comments

I’ve had a bit of an off day, to be honest. I stayed up late last night talking about art and teaching and life and telling embarrassing personal stories to people who probably weren’t interested in hearing them, the poor things. I ended the evening by breaking into my iced-stuck car several times through the […]

Flocking to the Pump: One Day These Little Drawings Will Grow Up Into Prints

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 in art | 5 Comments

These photographs aren’t great, and they aren’t edited very well (sorry.) But I think these 2 drawings are done. I’ll get up to school sometime soon and photograph these and my other recent pieces more professionally. In the meantime, I plan to start a few more drawings incorporating the crocheted forms and flocks of birds […]

A Dispatch from the Field: Settling in Bowling Green

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 in art, life, teaching | One Comment

It’s been about two weeks since I made the move up to Bowling Green from Murray. The time has been largely uneventful, both the students and the university have been quite nice so far, but still somewhat traumatic. Not since my last year of grad. school have Hannah and I spent so much time apart. […]

Oliver Jeffers, Story-teller

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 in art, books | 2 Comments

I love this whole video. And I really love the little peeks into his sketchbooks. And his compulsion to both tell and illustrate stories simultaneously. There’s something of a Wes Anderson aesthetic to all of this, but more free-seeming. I love the listing and the crossing-off-of-listing and the drawers and the labeling. [vimeo w=400&h=300] […]

We All Have 10,000 Bad Drawings in Us

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 in art | 2 Comments

You’re probably tired of seeing these already, but I think they’re complete now. I’ve started on a third one, but it is going slowly. Whether these are successes or not, I don’t know. Probably not, but as Walt Stanchfield wrote, “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the […]

2,000 Words on Why You Shouldn’t Go to Grad School for Art

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in art, life, rants | 8 Comments

Okay, so the title of my post is a bit misleading. I’m not necessarily going to advise you, prospective graduate students in art, NOT to go to graduate school. Nor do I necessarily mean to impress upon any other post-grads (“post-ops” seems almost appropriate) a feeling of remorse for having dedicated so much time and […]

Memory Ever Misremembered: More Drawing

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 in art | 4 Comments

I’ve gotten a bit more done on those drawings I posted about last time, and I’ve started a new one. Things are slowing down now as I get involved in other projects, but I hope to get a bit more work in on them this evening. I plan to leave the top drawing in graphite […]

Parasite of the Ripening Fruit: New Drawings in Progress

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in art | 2 Comments

I’m working on a few drawings in the evenings to get that 2013 into my portfolio! Neither of these is done yet. I’ve just been drawing in graphite and laying in some watercolor washes. I plan on going in with some ink and more graphite. I have another drawing planned out in my mind to […]

Closet Discoveries: Orange and Sapphire

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 in life | One Comment

Packing up my clothes closet today. In addition to sorting, folding, and making a big pile for Goodwill, I’m enjoying putting together some new outfit ideas. This is a dress and shrug my grandmother made for my mother out of sapphire blue velveteen when she was a little girl. I paired it with the belt […]

Packing up Again: A New Neighborhood of Blanket Forts

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 in art, life | No Comments

Blake just left for Ohio for the month; his classes start tomorrow. I’m on a mission to turn this apartment back into a shell for some other wanders to inhabit while Blake holds down the fort at our new shell in Bowling Green. By the way, if any of y’all are interested in a place […]