Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A thread of hope stitched through Americas history.

I might be heading back to Washington DC again this winter with the Dalvero Academy. It's a great place to research and fill your blank inspiration board with some new projects. Last year during this session I completed these stamps I designed for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. These stamps represent and symbolize the importance of having a message of peace and hope in America.  During the civil war women made quilts sewing inscriptions against slavery and the separating of families. These quilts were a way for women in the North to have a voice against slavery and a platform to speak their ideas of hope and peace in America.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Travel bug!!

Again I caught the travel bug! As I'm planning my trip to Ireland and Amsterdam in a few weeks I thought I would post some of these on location sketches I did a few years back in Prague. I'm really looking forward to doing a lot more reportage drawings on my upcoming travels.

Fall Life Drawing

Here's a sketch from my Fall life drawing class. Capturing the moment, the mood, and the personality of the model is the most fun part.  I feel this quote by Henri Matisse explains it all.

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence"
-Henri Matisse

Monday, October 22, 2012

Charles W. Morgan- Whaling ship

I'm very excited to start this Fall with my new blog and website coming soon! I'm excited to share one of my new illustrations from a reportage I did last year. This drawing is of the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. It was a cold February day but I still managed to tough it out through the freezing rain to get a few great drawings done. You can view this drawing on exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum. See some beautiful art by the Dalvero Academy artists in the Restoring a Past, Charting a Future: An Artistic Discovery of America's Whaling Legacy