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As many of you know I created a series, one for each of my two sisters Crystdo and Cindy Lou. Well, I've branched out to my Grandpa, Pouli! He's the patriarch of our big Greek family and he's had a very interesting life. Now there is no way this little series could capture his whole life, but it offers clips and tid bits of things I remember most about him. He spent many years working over seas building new power plants. When I was four years old we all spent Christmas in Egypt to be together while he was working there.
I just mailed Pouli the last drawing (I mail them one at a time for more excitement to build). So it's safe to share them with everyone now. I hope you enjoy :-)
Who inspires you?
Last fall I finished my darling series called 'CindyLou' . I just realized I hadn't blogged about it yet. My inspiration came from my younger sister Cindy. This series was bubbling up ever since Cindy came to visit us when we lived in Lowell, MA back in 2009 and it came to a finish last Fall. I shipped her one picture at a time (it's more drawn out and dramatic that way). Visually, I wanted the CindyLou to be along the same lines as the very first series I did for my other little sister Crystal (The Crystdo Series), so they will maybe someday play together on paper. Most of the inspiration for these are very personal but some are just lighthearted and fun.
'I Heart White Fros'
I'm always trying to get her to release her 'white fro' and let it be free and wild. It's beautiful.
She has a love for language and especially for Japan.
'Love that Sound'
When asked why she doesn't eat meat she simply replies, "I don't eat my friends".
My husband and I both became vegetarian after her visit.
'I Heart Books'
We spent hours in book stores and libraries on her trip. Both of us love books.
When we were younger and lived in Texas, Cindy (about 5 years old at the time) used to disappear in the field (that we entitled 'The Outback') behind our house and come back with arm fulls of wild flowers.
So that's my CindyLou series.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Here's a sneek peek of what I've been working on for Nahcotta's Enormous Tiny Art Showhappening this Fall in Portsmouth NH. I wasn't planning on getting so detailed in these drawings, but that's how they are turning out. super detailed. I'm only drawing ones that charge me emotionally.
I get to thinking about how these animals have their own little lives and families. I wonder what they're like? Do they get along? Do they see each other a lot or only on 'special' occasions?
The first time I heard about Art-O-Mat I fell in love with it. Old cigarette machines turned into art machines! Being an ex-smoker and an artist...a "match" made in heaven. Yesterday I visited my first Art-O-Mat in Boca Raton, Florida. I plan to check out the two machines in Miami soon too.
This was the first time we saw Russ's art and of course love it. The layering effects he uses give the paintings a great rich depth and make them interesting to look at. Tommy likes the dark brown beetle the best and my favorite is the deep, bright blue beetle, although they look so great as a set.
So it has finally arrived. I have opened an ETSY store with my art for sale. I am slowly but surely posting more and more to it every week. Here it is! www.jenmeyer.etsy.com
I finished the sage etchings/carvings (the beginnings can be seen in this earlier post). Tommy and I have so many people that have positively influenced our lives, it was hard to pick just three. After weeks of debate we decided on our top three: Ken Wilber, Ram Dass and Wayne Dyer. All living sages. All have a slightly different take and perspective on life and have helped us grow so much. Now we are always reminded of their wisdom when we see them above our couch...I like how they came out.
Do you have anyone who has positively changed your life? Who is? and have you told them?
Another sketchbook complete for the Brooklyn Art Library!This one is about my time in Miami Beach. (My last sketchbook was about Portsmouth). I tried incorporating more color (via colored pencils). I like how it came out. Of course it's filled with my favorite places and things in Miami Beach. It's a bit smaller than the Portsmouth book so I had to edit it down a bit. I could have filled it with so much more.
Here it is:
There's always a push to finish towards the deadline and it's usually bittersweet to part with it. Since this is my second one, it was a bit easier...just a teeny bit. Starting in April 2012 it will tour the World! See if it's coming to your city or country here. Let me know what you think too!
Our new apartment space has inspired a new series for our walls. I'm moving some old art out and decided to make a three part series on people who have and still do inspire Tommy and I on a spiritual level. I finished the first piece of Ram Dass. I listened to several of his talks while I carved/etched the paper and I was so excited to make this I did it all with a dull blade. ha. my fingers were numb for a week, but it was worth it. I've got fresh blades for the next two pieces. hooray.
I know this post is a little late being that it is after Christmas, but I still wanted to share this Chritsmas Sketchy I did for Sketchy Miami. I wanted to do more but we were in the middle of moving to a new apartment. The dust is starting to settle in our new place and I'm getting inspired to make new art! yay.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas :-)
Here is the Christmas sketch of Daniel Ortiz:
I made a special color edition of Halloween Sketchys. I just may include these in the raffle prize at the next Sketchy Miami Halloween Party on October 29th! I have a special drawing in mind that I'll be working on in the next couple days that I am excited about...stay tuned.
After a vacation, running a half marathon in Colorado, and having company over for a week...I'm back to the drawing table. Here's a few more sketches I did yesterday. It feels good to be drawing again. Didn't think I'd miss it, but once I started and finished one, I did two more, all in one sitting!
I'm excited to meet lots of new people tonight at the second Sketch Miami party. So far over 800 people have RSVP'd. I'll be doing live sketches with a few other artists. Should be a great time. And of course, I'll be posting lots of pictures tomorrow :-)