January 26, 2013

DC No. 90: Bead

When I grocery shop at the local market around dinner, sometimes I treat myself to Maki-sushi. My bead is inspired by a Philadelphia roll. I formed it with Sculpey Polymer clay and created its green sushi grass out of paper for the mini bento box.

Norma, hosted this week’s playful theme BEAD.  Please visit her blog to see her beautiful bead and link to enjoy other beads in the drawing challenge “strand.” Thank you Norma for this theme, I enjoyed working 3D-mini again.

January 19, 2013

DC No. 89: Crown

This week I was on an art-making tear and painted between classes and when I got home from teaching. Thankfully, sometimes it just flows. Stephanie's  theme for this week's Drawing Challenge, Crown, also motivated me to make several versions before choosing this one to share:

"Crown: thorns meet metal," acrylic with silver pen on paper

The crown shape is like an ellipse, a circle, with thorns or jewels. Both are symbolic and pairing them together made sense for content and color contrast.  I believe people should try on and live in different crowns from time-to-time... like walking in another person's shoes.

I am looking forward to seeing what the other DC artists created this week.
Thank you, Stephanie, for hosting, too.

January 13, 2013

DC No. 88: Snake

Ariene hosted the first Drawing Challenge of the year with the theme of "snake."

So far this was the most challenging theme for me to capture. I first thought of the noun, "a snake," and then the verb, "to snake," and finally the object that snakes (to clear clogged drains). I think somewhere along my color-pencil doodling I managed to subconsciously combined all three.
My memories of snakes involve getting bit by one as a little girl and having my father attempt to suck the venom from my forearm. The stone stoop was warm from the sun and I was frightened by my father's actions but also protected. Many weeks passed before I wandered through woods.
Visual recollections of snakes with a huge lump along their body also advance. These snakes had just enveloped their meal, once a rat or mouse or toad.