Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Win!

This is a lovely creation from Artdecadence which was part of the monthly prize I won as a a follower of her wonderful blog. It made my day and now it hangs in my studio =)

Also this week, I started a rather ambitious portrait of my father. Above is the way I like to start, by refining a line drawing and transferring it to the canvas.

 Here is the painting after two full days of work. The face is only done with white and burnt sienna - later I will go over it with color.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Archetypal Action Figures

Here are some more things in the works! I just added these two guys to my Etsy shop. 


 They are the first in a series of smaller figures that are meant to stand alone or interact with each other. My dad and I are also working on some theatre boxes for them to act on that can be hung on the wall or set on a table/mantle/etc.
I am very excited about it because it reminds me of playing with a doll-house or of sand tray techniques used in play therapy. We did this at Naropa when I studied art therapy and had some amazing experiences and breakthroughs - it is such a potent way of getting into psychological issues that we suppress on a day to day basis, but that are really important to acknowledge and explore.

Of course, I have used materials that are as natural as possible - wool, plant dye, wood. It is so fun to work on projects that I can finish in a few days for a change!