For artists looking for an easy way to create a calendar featuring your artwork, redbubble.com is a great resource. You can upload art and the company will print it on cards, framed works, calendars and even on iPad covers that customers can order. The site is also easy to edit and manage. Here is the calendar I created for 2015. Click on the image and you will be linked to the site to see the full calendar and there are lots of other examples by other artists. I’ve been using redbubble.com for years. Happy New Year–almost!
This one will be at my Open Studios event with the Dorchester Arts Collaborative on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at First Parrish Church in Dorchester, Mass. Prints available here.
Sitting at my son’s basketball practice with my art materials recently, I set out to create a drawing based on the Illustration Friday word for the week, “reverse.” I intended to draw a woman facing the exact opposite of herself. But when I did an initial drawing I hated it. I couldn’t get the perspective I wanted. I grew frustrated and decided I had nothing to say as an artist this particular evening, or, maybe not ever again. You’ve had those days, right?
I then took another sheet of paper and just started drawing a woman’s head. I had no idea where I would go with this. Slowly I shaped one woman in pencil, then began to draw another, and my mind began to drift and float around the idea that we don’t really, truly know people. Sometimes they are not who they seem—beautiful, yes; as complex as an intricate pattern, yes; but ultimately unknown.
This is how I arrived at this mixed media (pencil and Sharpie marker) piece on paper titled “Unknown.” Tell me what you see.
Prints (8 x 11) and cards available here.