Sunday, May 29, 2011

Crime of passion!?

The evidence is my sketchbook. Colored pencil.  8.5 X 11 inches.  2010.  Uban.
Just for funsies!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Sookie:  You know what I think when I'm this close to another body? I think one day at one moment... this body that I'm holding in my arms will stop breathing... stop living. Just... stop. One day you'll happen upon my name in the obits and you'll remember this moment when we were so close. 
I'm posting quotes because I can now...

Before Sunset (2004)

Celine:  I guess when you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.

Jesse:  In the moment I remember thinking that it didn't much matter the "Who" of it all. Nobody is gonna be everything to you, and that ultimately it's just a simple action of committing yourself, meeting your responsibilities that matters.

Celine:  You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.
I Netflix'd this yesterday... it was a very quotable movie.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pictures of me and my figure studies (circa 2008)

Why yes, I am still a big creep.

I was an even younger fledgling in the art world... I was seventeen.  (Aha!  I make myself sound old, but I'm still waiting to turn 21.  Waiting... waiting... waiting...)  The paintings are from Studio Incamminati when I was enrolled in their Emerging Artist Program in 2007-08.  We worked in grisaille the whole time.  This place completely changed the way I look at light and shadow.


Jung Told Me So.  Oil on canvas panel. 8 X 10 inches.  2010.  Uban.

I was inspired by a reference to the Red Book (a.k.a. Liber Novus or the New Book) last summer when I was all about philosophy and screwing with my own mind.  I've been thinking about it again, and have thought of buying it off of Amazon... anybody recommend it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Omg.  You have no idea.  My grades haven't looked this good since high school.  College has been a very humbling experience for me.  My first semester at Temple I had a 3.24 GPA, and I was just uber confused as to wtf happened.  But this past semester I took four studios, which even my academic advisor thought was rough, and came out of it alive and well...  Let's see what happens when I take five studios... eep.

I think I made the Dean's list... Tyler's cut off is 3.73 this semester.  God, I am such a loser :)


Front cover.
They are inventions of
the Spirit-- which


in the stars.
"They are inventions of the Spirit-- which persists in the stars."
Back cover.

Inventions of the Spirit.
Accordion book.
Mixed media on paper.
12X12 inches.

I made a lot of books for Katie Murken's 2D design principles class last semester.

I finally declared my major as B.F.A. with a concentration in painting yesterday when I went over my course selection for next fall when I'll be studying in Rome.  Woohoo!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Encaustic Town

Town.  on pine board.  maybe 14 X 10 inches?  2011.  Uban.

This was made as an experiment in media in my Painting: Materials and Techniques class this past semester.  Unfortunately, it probably isn't going to last very long since this painting was made from candle wax instead of encaustic wax (beeswax and damar resin)... the shipment of supplies didn't arrive on time so we just substituted for the experience.  It's going to fall apart, I accept it.

On my pinky and a smidge on my wrist.

There was an accident.  I ended up getting a nasty burn on my pinky.  I had a few other burns elsewhere on my hands such as on my wrist that weren't too bad, but the pinky was the worse.  The initial blister swelled up to about half the size of the section of my pinky.  I mean, it was cool that I could gross out everyone with it... Someone actually said, "Ugh, gah, gross... that makes me want to throw up."  It's healing fine now, although as my mother pointed out, "That's so ugly."  She's always liked my hands, I think.

Preparing for Battle

This is my basement.  I'm gesso-ing on a beer pong table.   hahaha

I've been preparing for battle for the past two days now.  I stretched all of these yesterday in my basement, and then gave them two coats of acrylic gesso.  I got up at 8AM today to give them another coat before I sand them down, and then give them another coat or two and sand again, and repeat as necessary.  I am terrified of canvas rot (I don't know if this is a technical term... when the oil paint soaks through the gesso and destroys the canvas and the painting).  I take gesso-ing very seriously.  I started using Rabbit Skin Glue and probably like it more than acrylic, but since I had a tub of acrylic gesso, I just went for it.


I stretched two surfaces of burlap, one over a frame, and the other over a bad panel that I originally had made for egg tempera painting.  I'm hoping I fall in love with painting on burlap, since it's a lot cheaper than regular canvas...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Inside All of Us... (is a heart to call home)


Page 1.

Pages 2 and 3.

Pages 3 and 4.

Pages 5 and 6.

Page 7 and signature.

Folded out: focus on pages 2/3 and 5/6.

Folded out: focus on page 3 and 4.
I made this last semester for my 2D design class when I was in the Foundations program.  It was juried into the Foundations Show this spring.  I didn't know that the show happened, and I ended up not getting to see my work up.  Sad face.  My professor ran into me in the bathroom, and said the show was over and they might throw it out if I didn't pick it up soon.  This is the kind of thing that happens to me... bahahah.  At least it didn't get thrown out, right?!  This post Other People's Love Letters has a picture of what my floor looked like as I was making it.

Inside All of Us...
Accordion Book.
Cut out paper.
6" X 9."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Other People's Love Letters

The Borders is closing downtown in Center City.  R.I.P.  I went in there looking for "The Alchemist", but no bueno.  So instead, I ended up getting Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See... and I got it 60% off too!  It's too cute... except for the sad ones.  Bahah... Those are not cute at all.

WIP picture of the accordion book, Inside All of Us...  2010.  Uban.

I'm going to post the finished book next.  I didn't notice this, but it's pretty cool since I have another painting in there, which actually is of the corner of the room.  See here.  I spy... a bologna sandwich!  Just kidding.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tea Stained: WIP photos

Work in progress pictures.  2010.  Uban.
I'm always interested in the way ideas come to be, and how many times an idea can be recycled...

These WIP pictures were taken while I was working on an assignment last semester.  I tea-stained photocopies of my journals, sketchbooks, illustrations, and other assignments.  Then I had to devise a method of drying them... which ended up being me running a few yards of satin ribbon across my open closet and using clothespins.

The final tea-stain of the first WIP image was used to create this pop-up book.  The same imagery was used for this under-painting.

Work in progress pictures.  2010.  Uban.
This hasn't turned into anything else yet... But it started off as a poem that I had originally posted in my Myspace (ahahha!) blog at the time.

(Oct. 9, 2009 @ 8.19PM)
we stand still
without ground, or legs, or feet
denying any assumed gravity
because we've come to learn, that
anyone who doesn't already understand
doesn't know what it means to float.

Two songs stuck in my head...  I'm scattered.