A few weeks ago I received an email from a high school teacher, Monica, from New York City. She told me that her class had just finished a landscape collage unit and that they had focused on Romare Bearden and my work for their artist focus. Her class analyzed my landscape collages to figure out how I created the work so they could learn from it. They also worked on their own collages inspired from their studies.
Below I’ve included images that Monica so kindly sent to me. I always enjoy hearing from teachers who’ve shared my work with their students. It’s great knowing that your work can inspire others.
I hope everyone had a happy weekend. I spent my Saturday gallery sitting at the Del Ray Artisans for their “What’s Your Bag?” exhibition. The show features artwork that depicts bags in our culture as well as art made from recycled bags. A lot of handmade bags were also included in the show.
Here’s the piece that I had hanging in the exhibition, “The Reader.” There’s a book bag resting on the ground next to the figure spread out on the park bench.
I thought I’d have a productive art-filled weekend, however I was feeling pretty sick and had to spend half my weekend either sleeping or laying in bed. I love keeping busy, so it was pretty difficult for me to force myself to rest up so I could recover. Now I’m feeling much better, and I’m glad I took it easy instead of working away.
This weekend I didn’t get a chance to work on my portable portfolio that much – I just swung by a few stores to pick up supplies for it. Before I start putting together prints for it, I want to take higher resolution pictures of my artwork. Previously, I used an old point-and-shoot Canon camera to take images of my work. I also went outside on nice days to take images. Now, with my higher resolution Nikon camera and my light kit, I can control the lighting for the images and take much crisper and clearer images.
Below are a couple works of art that I retook images of. The collages are actually back from my high school days in 2004, when I used to incorporate oil pastel into my collages. The images with caption 1 are photographs I took with my older camera while the ones with caption 2 are what I took with my newer camera. It’s amazing what a difference it can make when you take better images of your work. So now it’ll take me a while to sift back through my work to take better images – but for documentation’s sake, the work will be well worth it when I’m done. With better photographs, you can get much better prints and have nicer looking pictures on your website.
My portrait, “Jean,” is currently on display in the Art League Gallery’s “Real/Unreal” exhibition. The portrait was juried into the show by Juday Jashinsky. The Art League Gallery is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and it’s open from Monday – Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will run from March 4th until April 5th, 2009.
I’ve been trying to work on my senior thesis a bit by creating a few pieces for my next committee meeting. These pieces probably won’t make it to the actual show–I’m pretty sure they’ll be butchered at my next meeting. Nevertheless, I’ll continue onward.
Anyway, for my show, I’ve decided to do collages, with portraits as the subject matter. During my winter break, I took advantage of the free time I had and got started on a sample piece to show my committee. This piece below is how far I got along with the portrait of my mother. It isn’t finished because it needs more shadowing on her face and better work with the wall in the background. I’m not satisfied with the composition either–I’ll probably have to take new pictures of my mother the next time I see her so I can make a better portrait of her.
Today, I worked on a sketch for one of my future collages, of my cousin Ali. I like this composition a lot better and I hope to get started on it later this week.
And that’s everything for now. I’ll probably work on a few more sketches tonight of other portraits I plan on collaging.