During the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Conceptual Abstractionist Mark Basuell for a Pink Progression exhibit at the Center for Visual Art. Mark’s vivid palette, symbolism, and exceptional compositions have inspired me for years. The challenge of combining our marks became more exciting as we dissolved the boundaries between our artistic processes. Mark's expressionism is combined with my colored pencil rendering of circular shapes. This inset image, sewn onto pastel, presents a doorway into a new layer of space.
Drop-In Drawing visited New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, an exhibition that features over 100 photographs. Through charcoal, graphite, watercolor pencils, and pastel we explored organic textures, shapes, and designs. We discovered the ways in which artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape to explore current environmental concerns and perceptions.
In “Eyes On,” Julie Buffalohead and Shimabuku use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them. Buffalohead and Shimbuku inspired us to consider our own personal narratives, and the way in which animals can play a role in those stories. “Eyes On” will be on view through February 2, 2019. For more information check out: https://denverartmuseum.org/eyes-on
For Drop-In Drawing we explored the Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer exhibition. Gibson takes inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, pan-Native American culture, alternative subcultures, and autobiographical experiences to explore colonialism and the post-colonial mindest. He works with universal themes of strength, community, love, vulnerability, and survival. We participated in the Denver Art Museum's collection of Instagram photographs #GibsonLikeaHammer and Carleen Brice wrote an article on our session for her blog, "Flex your creative muscles and have fun at Drop-In Drawing."
We explored mark-making techniques with pen and ink on the Denver Art Museum's plaza. Taking inspiration from surrounding buildings, the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building, Beverly Pepper's Denver Monoliths, and other features on the plaza, participants experimented with contour lines, stipple, cross-hatch, scribble, and inventive pattern.
This mesa on the eastern side of the Front Range rises 6,854-foot (2,089 m) and is located in William Frederick Hayden Park. I hike here every year in June during peak wildflower time to explore the beautiful flora. These blossoms become inspirations for future watercolor paintings and drawings.
Taking inspiration from Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard and Degas: A Passion for Perfection, this live drawing master class inspired participants to capture movement while accomplished dancer and artist Marian Faustino performed. We explored various gesture-drawing techniques with a variety of drawing tools. Participants discovered abstract mark-making while capturing Marian Faustino's incredible movements with continuous line, blind contour, and sustained gesture. Participants also had the opportunity to inform/assist in the choreography of Marian Faustino's final dance performance.
We explored two centuries of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper at the museum's Western American Art collection. Participants were invited to use watercolor pencils, graphite, and/or charcoal and drew a range of subjects. One of the artists applied surrealism to a clothing display at Jim Howard's fashion illustration exhibition.
We explored local artist Jim Howard's award winning fashion illustrations, showcasing his four decade career. He started with Neiman Marcus in the 1950's through the 1980's, eventually becoming a freelance artist for major department stores and other clientel. His work has been a part of the advertising campaigns of America’s top department stores and cosmetic agencies.
For our March session, we explored comic art with Brian Essig-Peppard, an amazing multi-talented artist who works in the industries of tv, comic books, and film. He taught us the basics in comic book making, provided us with inspiring word prompts to get the creative juices flowing, and pre-started a panel to create a collaborative narrative. Many of the participants used the Denver Art Museum's Stampede exhibit to incorporate animals into their humorous narratives. Here are some photos from this fun session with Brian.
Viviane le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez at Processus inspired me to create solar etchings. Solarplate etching is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional etching. My ink paintings on transparencies were layered onto a light sensitized steel backed polymer plate. UV light (or sunlight) etches the plate and then it's washed with tap water. With Viviane le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez's assistance, their UV light, and press, I created solar etchings and now I want to create more! The prints are on view at Processus' Altered Nature exhibition through May 19th. Here are some photographs of the process as well as Altered Nature's reception which was also Processus' three year anniversary celebration.
This month we explored Denver Art Museum's Linking Asia: Art, Trade, and Devotion featuring approximately 150 artworks from the Denver Art Museum collection. This show contains artwork from 20 countries that span 2,500 years. We were inspired by the dynamic range of media, rich history, and influences of migration on artistic styles in the exhibit. Join us with Comic Artist Brian Esseg-Peppard for a lesson on comic-art on March 13, 2018.
Drop-In Drawing took inspiration from Jamie Molina's interactive and immersive installation Past the Tangled Present. We were so excited when Jamie Molina joined our Drop-In session to talk about his installation and create drawings. Here is a quote from the artist:
“I was keeping in mind the discovery concept, but rather than focusing on just the discovery element, I thought it was appropriate to add in the possible microcosms that one could encounter on any given day. People get so caught up in the daily events and bustle that a great discovery could be right under their nose and they would miss it because they were too caught up in the tangle of everyday life. If one were able to slow down they could fall into these small moments of discovery and joy. Much like the wonder and openness of a child. They could see past the tangled present.” -Jaime Molina
Thank you, Jaime for sharing your creativity and incredible art skills with Drop-In Drawing.
Drop-In Drawing explored Level 4 of "Stampede: Animals in Art," a large-scale exhibition (on view through May 2019) that features animals depicted in over 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum's collection. The show encompasses a variety of animals from ancient times to contemporary. Participants worked with charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and/or pastel.
Celebrating our contemporary foodie culture through art.
I've been having so much fun organizing these two upcoming exhibitions that commemorate the January 21, 2017 women's marches. I'm working with over forty incredible local artists who will incorporate the color pink, which was used as an empowering and unifying element during the marches. The exhibitions include an interactive postcard call for entry installation, a collection of writing from local writers/artists, collaborative artwork, workshops, a book that documents the group's process, and pink inspired community gatherings. Check it out at the following link: http://www.pinkprogression.wordpress.com
Denver Public Library Exhibition Dates: March 2 - June 29, 2018, Opening Reception: March 10, 1:30 - 4:30
Boulder Public Library Exhibition Dates: February 16 - March 24, 2018, Opening Reception: March 2, 6 - 8 p.m.
As the new year approaches, we explored themes of prosperity, fortune and new beginnings in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector, which includes ancient to modern representations of this iconic Hindu deity. The exhibit is on view through October 28, 2018.
Drop-In Drawing explored "Stampede: Animals in Art," a large-scale exhibition (on view through May 2019) that features animals depicted in over 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum's collection. The show encompasses a variety of animals from ancient times to contemporary. Participants worked with charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and/or pastel.
For our September session we used graphite and charcoal to explore the stunning visual relationships in critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh’s portraits and landscapes of marginalized communities around the world. Sheikh's photographs are incredibly powerful, heart wrenching, and intimate. Check out "Common Ground" at the Denver Art Museum through November 12, 2017. For more information check out his website at fazlsheikh.org.