The seedling of an idea has come into my mind. I have mostly played the unobserved voyeur in my search for subjects on the street, but I have wondered if I should attempt to interact with these strangers. The timid side of me is fearful of this notion. After recently being awarded a fellowship grant by the Somerville Arts Council (which was awesome!), I started to try to think about the community aspect of the grant. They like you to bring your art into the community. Instantly I thought about how I could bring my art to the streets, where it all begins for me. I would love to have an outdoor show where it looks like my subjects are walking off the canvas. Then came the thought of inviting subjects to participate.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
In my observation, there are many people that adopt trends to fit in and others that adopt them to stand out. Clothing gives everyone the opportunity to identify their role, sometimes we consciously mold this persona, and sometimes it is subconscious. Some decide they must be the ones others look to for new trends. Others will keep a closet full of basics that will hopefully be consistently "acceptable."
My earliest memories of caring about what I wore came around Middle School. This is a pivotal time for kids in their mico-societies, as they are quickly defined as cool or uncool, with heavy emphasis on their attire. In the seventh grade, I remember I made the decision to wear purple every day for that school year. I think I told myself that if I made one decision - color, maybe no one would focus on the rest. It is suffice to say, I didn't end up in the cool group...
Right: "School Uniform" Oil on canvas with Fleece, wool and suede. 24” x 42”
Friday, February 1, 2013
After a few coats of coloring blocking in this style, I start to use liquin to glaze colors on. This gives depth to the piece, especially when dealing with skin tones. Below I did a thin coat of green all over - I like to go back and forth with greens and reds while I continue to work. The photo has a bit glare because it is very glossy when a glaze is wet.