A lot of my art supplies are packed. I have to leave my home for a short amount of time while I am working on a project. I am not sure how I feel about it. I am excited about the project I am working on, but not excited about living in someone else's space and living out of a suitcase. It gets old kind of quick. This drawing started as lines. Me bored and emptying my brain to keep from worrying and feeling displaced and the next thing I knew, I saw a image grow from the lines. Even when I am zoned out, these women somehow appear.
I was listening to Al Green while drawing. He has a complicated life and a beautifully complicated voice, but this one song that you see in the video combine his secular and spiritual understandings of the world he was living in at that time. No matter what we do; draw, dance, write, sing, our core – who we are will always come out. With Al Green, his religious and spiritual beliefs came out during Soul Train and me, Colorful Women show up even in squiggly lines.
I am determined to create 365 images. I have not been faithful in doing one drawing everyday. I wish I could, but everyone implement projects in their own way. Disclaimer over. Here are two drawings I created as part of 365 Days of Creativity – Day 20. I wanted to create two drawings – one with a lot of texture and lines, the other more minimal. Which one is more interesting? Which one keeps the attention of the viewer? Which one is better understood? This statement I am using, She said; I am not sure when I started to use it or even what it means. Maybe the women's physical form is the verbal statements. It is so interesting to see things in drawings that come out of me that I did not consciously choose or even realize I put it on the paper. Drawings and art in its simplest form come from a deep place in us and helps up get to know ourselves a little better. I do wonder what my art says about me and the world I see.
These are the first drawings I created this year. I've been working on a narrative about my art and in writing this narrative, I remember why I begin drawing these women. These drawings started as a way for me to understand myself as a woman. I also think it was a way to say things I could not say to others. I feared they would not understand. It has been almost 15 years since I started these drawings and I still continue drawing these women. All different all teaching me something different. I did not listen to any music while I was drawing these, but in hindsight, I see Radiohead here. Enjoy.
After doing my cup project with kids over the holiday, I have been drawing cups using my illustration style. It has helped envigorate me and my desire to draw. Simply changing the materials can do wonders. Below are a few more images of the same cups from different angles.
Lines are beautiful and today, I played with different thickness of lines. What does it mean, what do they say? Sometimes it does not matter. It only matter that you put the lines on paper. I listened to this new music that I came across on YOUTube. The collection of music is called The Touré-Raichel Collective, which is a collaboration from a Malian and Isreali musician. Beautiful pieces to create to.