Archive for January, 2011
Ginkgo leaf drawn on my iPad 2. A strange experience in drawing for me. I’m used to more immediate control over my lines and color, but an exciting app to play with, Brushes. New approaches to think about in the New 2012.
Happy New Year to everyone!
The GAP widens…
This part of the GAP campaign is mostly about the idea of freedom of choice – having one and using it!
…is something I like to do when I’m not shoveling snow. Have a great day!
drawing by Greg Betza
It is said that the cry of the phoenix is that of a beautiful song.
Above is a drawing I had done while healing from the loss of a loved one on September 11th, 2001. Hearing of the bombings in Moscow on Monday reminded me when I did it and why the bird meant so much to me….You see, it’s said that the Phoenix was believed to die in its self-made flames periodically (each hundred years, according to some sources) and then rise again out of its own ashes.
Perhaps when horrible things occur it’s comforting to think there’s a little bit of Phoenix in us all, trying to rise with hope that this too shall pass and even more so maybe those at fault might even one day emerge a little wiser.- Michele
Concept Illustration: Village Warrior
By: Eddie Peña
When recently attending a classical concert I was quite amused by the triangle player, who every twenty minutes or so leaped to his feet to add his anti-climactic twinkle to the music. It reminded me of a song by Austrian satirist Georg Kreisler, in which a highly accomplished musician bitterly contemplates his instrument (which “can’t even be tuned”) while endlessly waiting for his turn.
Teaching with Margaret at our Dalvero DisneyWorld workshop often leaves little time for doing our own artwork! However, I couldn’t resist sneaking in a color study of the Japanese pavilion in Epcot. What a beautiful pavilion it is – - Posted by Veronica.
I thought a good symbol to represent The Individual would be fingerprints, so I dipped my finger tips in red watercolor and pressed them on in the shape of the Liberty Tree’s branches and leaves. Also included a tree trunk of the Declaration of Independence. The thumbnail in the lower left corner is the Declaration of Independence cut out to represent the left side of a t shirt. Lots of fun and a little messy!
This New York winter for some reason feels excessively cold to me. So I decided to check out some pieces from last summer hoping to inspire some warm thoughts.
Above is a page from my sketchbook at the South Street Seaport. If you been following ODAD for a while you’ve probably seen a few sister watercolors from the same series. Looking forward to warm days ahead! – Michele
A portrait drawing of my soul.
The fragrant deliciousness of California organic fruits pretty much defies description, and the ripe apricots I bought at the Culver City farmer’s market were best in show. This a chalk sketch I did of a middle-aged local assessing some of the goodies at that stand. -KATI
This is a drawing I made in Tokyo at Asakusa, of people purifying themselves with incense before entering the temple. It seems like a good meditation to me, as we enter into our second week of 2011. Posted by Veronica.