Saturday, September 26, 2009

Illustration Friday: Pattern

An oldie but goodie. This one was very much about the patterns. I visited Egypt in 1992 and took the photo below of the Al Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo. A couple years later I noticed how the negative space in the photo looks like the head of a veiled woman. That led to the painting. (The patterns themselves were inspired by the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey--another place I visited in '92)
Also my mom in on vacation in Egypt right now--visiting many of the same sites I went to--so I've got Egypt on the brain.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Illustration Friday: Infinity

Just a quick sketch--to keep me in the loop! I had to do a Basic Skills Builder course this past week and bring my reading comprehension, grammar and statistics skills up to par. The reading and writing stuff was actually fine, I just missed a few APA style specific things. They like commas where fiction doesn't need them. And I hadn't done statistics type stuff in 20 years. At that point asking for the mean is just plain mean. So all those symbols were floating around in my head.
I'm also struggling with finding a problem. Actually not with finding one, but with narrowing a multitude of large scale problems down into one specific, can be addressed in a Graduate program, problem... Complicated stuff that feels like infinite mental gymnastics.
On top of this sprinkle a little Art in Action training course, and then teaching my first kindergarten Art in Action class. It was a busy week.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Illustration Friday: Strong

It is amazing to me how wind can push water into strong powerful waves. I watched it happen in micro scale in a pool along the shore of the bay the other day. The wind was blowing lengthwise to the pool, on the windward side there were little tiny ripples, but at the other end were wavelets that were 4 times the size of the ripples.