Portrait of a friend

I drew a portrait of my friend James upon his passing in August 31, 2011 (wow has it been that long?). It was sudden, unexpected, and impactful on my myself and others. We all reacted differently and we are all still feeling the lose. It has brought us back into each others lives and has bonded us for life (if we weren’t already). I am not saying the way we feel is different than others who have lost friends/family, just sharing how James keeps popping up in my life even as time goes by. And it is in a most pleasant way.

Back to the portrait. So I drew this portrait (more here) and I think it came out nicely. Since then I decided to cut the plain white back ground out and have taped him to a wall in my studio. When I was moving things around in my studio in January I moved him once again and incorporated him into a multimedia collage of sorts. Not sure yet where my portrait will go next, but I do enjoy having my friend smiling at me while I create.



Last night I had a bite to eat with my friend Rachel. As always we had great conversation. Discussed ideas, goals, our progress, and actions we should each be taking. But last night was a little different. It wasn’t just what Rachel said to me nor the exact sample, but her hesitation in possible offending me. Because of my deep appreciation of critical critiques and my upbringing of hard love, I was not offended at all by what she said. It actually touched and motivated me. She wouldn’t have offended anyone in my opinion and she certainly just said what I knew already, but some times it takes a friend (or outsider) to just state the obvious and give you a verbal kick in the butt to get you off the polka-dotted futon and back to doing what you love.

She told me I should be posting more, sharing my work and not just talking about it. Using my inner aggression more. Not just when I am selling at a craft fair, but all of the time.

I went home and took a photo of a piece I did and then did seven more drawings. SEVEN! You never know what is going to inspire you. I am lucky. It was my friend and colleague and creative person herself Rachel. So take a look at one piece (will photograph the rest later) and then go thank her for me on twitter @RaqElle.

*the photo below is one inspired by the #lettersfrom project I participated in the Brooklyn Art Library. It is not the original piece it is a reaction which I may make into a series. Image

Meeting o Mat

Thursday evening I went to a meeting of my art collective Union Square Artists. We collected and discussed are art o mats. As we talked we made some more. Here are my spontaneous pieces from that meeting.

I really love making these.

Remembering a friend

Caller ID is a helpful thing. You know who is calling and when to answer a call. It fills you with different emotions as you see the number/name flash on the screen. Excitement for your beau, a job interview, art gallery, your family. It can also cause the exact opposite. Unfortunately for me it was one of these calls I received early Friday morning.

My phone rang and there was a name of a very good friend. This should of filled me with excitement. Because we have kept in touch, but not via verbal communication. My gut filled with an Ot Oh this is going to be bad news feeling immediately upon reading the Caller ID. Sadly I was correct.

A mutual childhood friend had passed away in their sleep. We all knew he was not doing well, but this was not expected. He didn’t have cancer or a disease that would prepare one for this (not that one is every really prepared for death). And he was young which always makes these things sadder and more upsetting. After the shock wore off I decided to draw his portrait.

With millions of fond memories of my friend one event immediately jumped out. 11years ago we went on a road trip for an entire week. It was something that he had expressed happiness for in one of the last emails he sent me. I have a lovely picture of him smiling right at the camera. That is the picture I have chosen to draw. Below is the beginning of my drawing. I believe he would like that I am drawing his portrait, the image I have chosen, and how it is coming out.



Thursday evening I watched my friend Khaled perform at Think Coffee. As he performed I did some quick sketches of him. As they are very light drawings I am unable to scan them right now. He  did however take a picture of what I think is the best one. Here is your preview of more sketches to come.

UPDATE: Added the rest of the sketches from that evening.











Study for a series

I have begun a serious study of facial expressions for my next drawing series. Here is my first example I drew last night. Details of the series will be shared at a later date.

Charcoal Series

I have started a series of drawings to enter into a show later in the year. Charcoal, graphite and pastel on paper is my choice of mediums. It is a series about emotions. So far I have taken two of my sketches and taken them to the beginning of the final series.

One of the drawings is a sketch I did awhile ago that inspired the series.

Here is a sneak peak of the progress.


Here is a quick drawing I did last night as I waited for time to pass. It is called ‘Squeeze’.