Art is a journey

I rarely show my ugly pieces. Like this one. Wanted to share how art is a process…Scroll to see how this piece evolved. Art is truly a journey… this is a classic example….

Started with this drawing

This started as a drawing one evening. I wasn’t that happy with it but soldiered on.

Added ink and made it worse!!!

Added some ink on it. And made it worse😱 when that happens, I throw all caution to the wind. I have nothing to lose. Started scribbling everything that stressed me out onto the page. It was cathartic to do that by the way.

Glued strips of book pages to cover up the scribbles

Then I covered all the scribbles with paint and strips of book pages.

Added stamps, doodles, stencil with modeling paste

Then more paint, stamping, stenciling… softening the overall piece and she is finally at peace. So am I…

At peace

So, don’t worry if you mess up. Just let go and see what happens… you may be surprised to see where you end up…

Catania Sicily

Catania Sicily. 2018. I remembered climbing up the dome just in time to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Truly beautiful up there. And I am loving this new form of art. Had no idea I would enjoy drawing all the details in a building. I find it therapeutic and relaxing. And I get to really appreciate the details that I missed the first time around. And I get to choose whatever color I want!!!!

Biltmore estate 2019

Joined a group of urban sketchers during this quarantined time period on a zoom meeting and went down a memory lane. This time to the Biltmore estate grounds. A lovely sunset with the family.

My bubble of art

Just when I think 2020 cannot get any crazier, it did. This past week has been intense and the hate and anger is spreading across the country. Sometimes I just feel I can’t handle anymore of this craziness. Playing in my journal helps. At least for the few minutes when I am in my bubble of art joy. I hope you have a way to channel your emotions too. We need it to stay sane and survive through this. My journal is filling up fast…

I can do it!

Never dared to try my hand at landscape, just did not think I could do it. But I was so moved by the beauty of the sunset at the river last night I had to give it a go. Keeping it loose and sketchy. I actually had fun! Don’t think it is that great but I am happy with it. Painting it helped relieved that moment of pure bliss at the river. And I did it all in less than 2 hours..while chatting with my cousins on our zoom call.

Temporary insanity

I must have been temporarily insane when I decided to sketch a pic I took when I was traveling in Berlin. I loved this pic. But as a beginner urban sketcher, this one had multiple levels of difficulty.. the reclining girl statue, the old European building with all its windows and statues, the river..but I plunged ahead nonetheless. I have to admit it was challenging but a lot of fun. I was pretty satisfied with the sketch. And then I was petrified to add color to it… for fear of ruining it. but I finally did… what do you think? Color or no color?

Photo taken in Berlin

Travel to Argentina via my sketches

Pushing past my comfort zone today. Way past my comfort zone. Trying my hand in urban sketching. Decided to look through my photo album of a trip to Argentina. And did some sketching based on the pics I took. While I am still unhappy with how they turned out, I have to say drawing these scenes helped me appreciate the details of the places I visited. And relive the moments. Admiring the beautiful windows, the gorgeous cemetery, beautiful architecture and the wonderful glass of sparkling wine I had… so while I am stuck at home, I will travel via my sketches.

Art is life

Before and After

The process of making art is a journey (for me). It can start off with a few drops of ink onto water on a page. Then it evolves and change over time as I add to it, or take away from it. Looking for areas I love and areas I don’t. In this piece, I really did not like the strange looking blue things on the top left and bottom left. And when I collaged some words over them, it felt right. I know they are there but I don’t have to look at them directly. And then suddenly it became something so different from how it started. Kinda like life. We all start off one way and as life happens, we evolve and change to become who we are. It is how we react to what life throws at you, that makes us the being we are. Focus on the parts we like and grow through the parts we don’t.

I had to add the orange color to complete it


Before on the left, After on the right.

So I was messing around with inks yesterday while doing a zoom call with some artist friends. Started with the painting on the left. Something wasn’t right about it and my friends helped me see that the warm gold color is overwhelming the other cool colors on the page. But my paper was already buckling. Could have thrown it away and start again but I had hope. Wasn’t going to give up. Turned to mixed media and ended up with the painting on the right. I like it now. That is why I am calling this HOPE. Don’t give up. There is always another way… just like this pandemic. We will find a way.