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Hi Everyone!
I am going to be out for the next week, so I won’t be able to update my blog until next Thursday. Staying true to my plan I will be writing about Artist statements, a project that has been put on the backburner for quiet some time!

Have a great week!
Beka

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Hi Everyone!

It’s time to update you on what’s going on. I hope you enjoyed the ink drawings I posted up last week. This week I’m taking you through some work I’ve done in the last year. My work is in a very new stage as I am putting my patterns to work in portraits, still lives, and landscapes.

The first portrait I made, during college, was created with inspiration from optical mixing and divisionist ideas. Using the shapes of binary numbers, I created movement along the face with an optical mixing of colors throughout. Below are two views, one up close and one further away.

(click on each image to enlarge)

 

I was approached with the idea of a portrait with pattern by none other than the sitter himself, Peter Morris. After seeing my line work, he thought it would be really cool to have his portrait handled in the same manner.

In my previous binary piece, I created volume by treating the face as a sculpture surface in which to lay my numbers on in a collage-like manner. Each number helped to define the shape it was on. I realized that the pattern would have to be treated differently, instead of collaging patterns together – I decided to arrange them side by side.

Below – you can see one of the self portraits I created in order to better understand how to go about it. Done in pencil, this portrait has been divided into lines that are raised above the patterned surface of the face.

So…here it is!

As you can see, I kept the color to a simple yellow/purple complimentary system. Putting warmer colors in the face and sweater helped to make Peter stand out against the cooler tones in the background pattern.

 In my original drawing of Peter, I noticed that the highlights and lowlights of the face created really interesting shapes in which I could place intricate patterns in. I used this as a way to create the subtle shifts in shape and color along the skin.

You might have noticed that I left the eyes without pattern. I wanted, overall, for Peter to be the focus of the painting. The eyes stand out so that the viewer can have a connection to the sitter. That is also why, I stayed as true as I could to his form as well. I wanted to create a calm balance so the work becomes one whole piece, pattern and person.

Thanks goes to Peter for giving me the initial idea and feedback throughout, and thanks to my loving husband Matt who was so patient throughout the process!

Well, I am signing off for today! Hope you all liked the paintings. Please feel free to leave comments.

Beka

I love patterns! I love the calming feeling I have when creating them shape by shape. I also love making those patterns weave in and out as they curve and have a sense of volume.

So far, this is what my work has been about, creating shapes that are used in abstract drawings and used to support photo realistic subject matter. I have dabbled in pointillism-like work, but my most recent works have been in ink along with one portrait commissioned by an art enthusiast who saw my work at school.

One year out of college, I don’t feel anywhere close to where I thought I’d be with my work. That’s why I have decided to start this blog. I know there must be other artists like me out there who know what I’m going through. It’s tough to be in a position where you are making a career doing something you love. Motivation is key, a key I have lost several times. It’s too easy to put your work aside when life gets a little hectic.

My hope is that this blog serves as a accountability tool for me and an inspiration for others like me, those who have put off their dreams for one reason or another. There’s no reason you can’t start where you are and move forward to pursue the goals that once were.

This is the year in which I hope to:

  • Create my first portfolio (10 -12 ink/pencil large-scale drawings); work on at least 4 paintings (optical mixing with shapes)
  • Write an Artist Statement
  • Research other artists whose work I love
  • Search out opportunities for Art shows
  • Maintain my blog (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • End up renting a studio instead of working at home
  • Join an artist group

I’ve already completed one goal already! I just wrote my first blog, everything else will be fine. One step at a time.

Well, this is me signing out!

Good night,

Beka