Smile for my children.
The warmth remains outside, raw
inside: numb, closed, lost.
Many of the women in “Invisible Eve” are photographed with their children. They are usually all smiling for the camera. I’ve had some trouble with these groupings, partly I think because I’m not used to drawing composed portraits of more than one person.
In this case, the smiles when I rendered them had a sadness underneath not so apparent in the photo. It’s definitely there in Jerri’s words, too.
See more about “Invisible Eve” at http://www.yousefkhanfar.com/
To see the rest of this series: http://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/faces/invisible-eve/
Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/2006
Daniel Barden, 9/25/2005
Olivia Engel, 7/18/2006
Josephine Gay, 12/11/2005
Ana M Marquez-Greene, 4/4/2006
Dylan Hockley, 3/8/2006
Madeleine F Hsu, 7/10/2006
Catherine V Hubbard – 6/8/2006
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/2005
Jesse Lewis, 6/30/2006
James Mattioli, 3/22/2006
Grace McDonnell, 11/4/2005
Emilie Parker, 5/12/2006
Jack Pinto, 5/6/2006
Noah Pozner, 11/20/2006
Caroline Previdi, 9/7/2006
Jessica Rekos, 5/10/2006
Avielle Richman, 10/17/2006
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/2006
Allison N Wyatt, 7/3/2006
Rachel Davino, 7/17/198
Dawn Hochspring, 6/28/1965
Anne Marie Murphy, 7/25/1960
Lauren Russeau, 6/8/1982
Mary Sherlach, 2/11/1956
Victoria Soto, 11/04/1985
Maps are something else I really love. Nina has done house portraits for friends (http://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/victorian-house/); I’ve been working on some map portraits to give as holiday gifts. I won’t post those right now, but in honor of our home states, New Jersey and New York, here are two from my sketchbook project of stitched maps called “Main Street”.
Main Street is not the most common street name in the United States (that honor belongs to Second Street), but comes in a respectable seventh. I typed “main street” and then a state name into google maps and got all kinds of interesting results. It was fun to look at the different maps, which I then abstracted and resized to fit my artistic vision. I traced them in color and stitched them.
Many artists use maps as a point of reference, and many maps are beautiful pieces of art. It’s a subject that generates no end of ideas for me.
You can see the rest of my sketchbook project here: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/13745
I’ve kind of abandoned the iPad art app lately. Tonight I picked it up and did this figure. I had forgotten how much fun this app is and I made a discovery, which makes it more fun: the tube colors have a drop down menu of pans of color that come out like paint. I will have to do more of these.
I don’t know why I like skulls. It’s really kind of disturbing but I found my first one about thirty years ago and have liked them ever since. This is a little collection, some painted, some embellished. I’ve sold a few skull necklaces. I haven’t included the jawbone brooches in this photo.
Onedrawingdaily, an architecture student, has been doing some watercolor city scenes, which brought to mind an old sketchbook I ran across awhile ago. Sometime in the late 1970’s–I think 1977, although the sketchbook isn’t dated by year–I went to Italy with a friend who was an architecture student.
I don’t normally draw buildings, but we must have spent time doing so, because, well, here they are.
Many more of the drawings are of sculpture; I’ll post some of those too one of these days.
Elephants once roamed in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq. This species became extinct about 100 BC due to overhunting for ivory. I discovered this fact at the “Assyria to Iberia” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains spectacular carved ivory art.
Once again we are in danger of losing elephant species; one prediction has African elephants reaching extinction in 2020. Asian elephants are even more endangered; there are less than 30,000 left in the wild. Not only hunting for ivory is at fault this time. Habitat loss (as usual) is also a factor. And poachers are also looking for ingredients for traditional Asian medicine.
I saw a photo of a swimming elephant that captivated me, and then looked at many others online. In my collage I made the elephant out of rock, sinking as it tries to swim. I hope human efforts can help these beautiful creatures survive this time.
You can see the rest of the “endangered species” series here: http://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/painting/endangered-species/
Inspired by Kerfe, I did a self portrait from a selfie I took one day. No makeup, hair not done, it looks more like a mugshot. Strangely it looks like my mother on a bad day. I think I may need some Botox very soon.