This week’s theme is FIRST!
RJ – Dream, Pen and ink on paper –
RJ’s piece is based on a recent and vivid dream he had. A beautiful, colorful dream with a volcano tiled by cows and bulls, spilling milk and honey into the sea. A statue of a woman holding flowers and looking out toward the water, twisting trees and Russian Architecture. He didn’t have time to color the piece, but I love the image he presented. When he was describing the mosaic tiles, all I can do is imagine the scene created with thousands of tiny mosaics.
Dylan – Poseidon (Theatre Mask), Variform and Paint –
“The first mask that I was paid to create was made for Carolina’s Actors Studio Theater (C.A.S.T.) in the production of “Metamorphosis” for the character Poseidon. The actor would swim up from an underground pool inside the theater to enter the scene so I was challenged with making the mask waterproof and durable. Looking back there are things I would have done differently but, overall I am pleased with the execution of craftsmanship and the nod to classic Greek art traditions.”
Does anyone else want to wear this beautifully made mask and run or dance through city streets shouting lyrics? I’m thinking ‘Sinnerman’ by Nina Simone or ‘The Origin of Love’ from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Karri: Constant Prayer, Papermache –
“This week was a week of firsts. I had been so busy this week that I nearly forgot about this project. As the week came to an end and I realized I had fallen behind, I thought “oh no” it’s because I taught my FIRST art lesson to my homeschooled nephew and because I had to study before teaching my FIRST Sunday school class. In the midst of all this I had also been working on a sculpture. Not my FIRST sculpture but it was my FIRST attempt at a large sculpture and my FIRST attempt at portraying a human figure out of paper. It is also my FIRST religious sculpture. My submission this week “constant prayer” is in its FIRST stages but is starting to take shape.”
Karri’s sculpture reminds me of a modern dance performance. I am waiting for the figure to slowly rise, stretch out her limbs and silently express her prayer through graceful but intense body movements. I can’t help but imagine that her prayers are cycling through her mind to a rhythmic beat. I can’t wait to see this when its completed!
Emily – Flower, oil paint on paper –
“I was Inspired by Karri for trying out something new last week, my entry for ‘First’ is my first attempt at painting with oils, a flower, I tried!”
I love that Emily took inspiration from another in our group and explored a new media! That is what this challenge is about; exploring new materials, ideas and having fun along the way! The simplicity and flow of the leaves remind me a lot of sumi-e’s Bamboo brushstrokes and I like the use of sgraffito for the grass. I think with more practice, Emily will soon be painting fields of flowers 😉
Amber – The First House (When Imaginations Run Wild), Pen, ink and graphite on paper
For my piece this week, I wanted to illustrate myself running from my wild imagination before it got ahold of me, as it so often does.
I was inspired by my first experience exploring an abandoned house in rural North Dakota. This was the experience that set me on the path to document Rural Decay, you can read about it HERE. Below is an excerpt from the post .
When I walked onto the property I felt like I crossed into another dimension. The air grew stale, sounds were muffled and time seemed to slow. The front door was wide open and almost beckoned me to come closer; but, mostly because of my over-active imagination, there was no way that I was going to walk inside and explore the interior.
Every horror movie I have ever seen was flashing before my eyes. They all seemed to start with an innocent looking home, like this one, and carefree characters, such as myself, going about their day like it was any other day with nothing to fear. That is, of course, until IT happens. I knew that by going inside I would become THAT girl who should be running away at the first sign that something was even remotely wrong, but instead naively walks upstairs alone to become the next victim of a serial killing blood thirsty werewolf zombie who freshly escaped from an intergalactic mental institution with an ax and a vendetta against Jersey girls. No, I could not and will not be THAT girl. Not this time at least.
Next week’s Challenge: CHANGE!