A few months back I was contacted by one of the curators to see if I was interested in showing the #GreenThumbProject sketches in an upcoming show. This project started a s way of forcing myself to take a few minutes a day to draw a plant (just because I don't have that real life green thumb).
Thank you Rejin and all the staff that made this possible!
February 4–March 20, 2021
On view online and at JCAL
Miller Gallery by appointment only.
March 18, 2021, 6PM
via JCAL Youtube - RSVP
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is excited to partner with the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) to present Process → Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks, curated by Rejin Leys and Damali Abrams.
In this exhibition, the curators invited members of SEQAA and guest artists from outside Southeast Queens to show pages from their sketchbooks and other works that show different aspects of the creative process. At a time when many people ask “How did we get here?” with regard to the current cultural moment, there is a general desire to analyze and retrace one’s steps. Though at the intimate scale of individual art-making, Leys and Abrams provide a platform for artists to reveal the building blocks and sometimes nonlinear routes that are travelled as they arrive at their final works.
Curatorial Statement: "Sketchbooks provide a behind the scenes look at the artistic process. In their sketches, artists test out ideas, record observations, practice skills, and plan future projects. This exhibition will present sketches, both loose and bound, by working artists with diverse practices: writing, painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and paper-making. The shared act of sketching unites them.
Opening an artist's sketchbook can become a journey inside the artist's mind. Often representing intimate encounters with their thinking process, this invitation to experience such uninhibited experimentation is usually limited to those close to the artist, if at all. Public access to sketchbooks often become available only after the artist has died.
An exhibition of living artists’ sketchbooks provides perhaps more than a studio visit since multiple approaches to ideas are recorded that introduces the artist's practice and highlights the conscious work executed behind the scenes."
Featured artists: Damali Abrams, Laura Alvarez, Natali Bravo-Barbee, Ify Chiejina, Cecile Chong, Sherese Francis, iliana emilia garcia, Janet Olivia Henry, Jacqueline Herranz Brooks, Heather Holden, Marvenia Knight, Naomi Kuo, Rejin Leys, Carla Lobmier, Angela Miskis, Shervone Neckles, Selime Okuyan, Shenna Vaughn, Elizabeth Velazquez, and Lisa Wade.
Hello all. I finally finished my 100 drawings a day, I even made 102 without realizing. I created a short video to show you all the quick sketches together. It has been an interesting project, when during the 3 to 4 minutes that it took me to draw each plant I wasn't thinking of anything, I was just letting the brush flow and create those pseudo plants. For me it is kind of a meditation moment when I only focus on the ink flowing and mixing with the water.
The 5 sketchbooks will be part of a show at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning called: Process → Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks
The exhibition will have a wide variety of artists and will be on view from February 4 to March 20, 2021. I will be posting more information when I have it. So excited for this opportunity!
I've always liked plants, I work for NYC Parks and still I am a terrible plant care taker. I am never sure if what I am doing is good or not, and I end up doing something wrong (or not doing anything at all) and they end up dying.
I decided to start doing one drawing a day (quick drawing) with ink, I make up plants and flowers, record them on video (and post on Tik Tok) and take a picture for Instagram.
I have several ideas of what to create with the plants once I am done... I will keep you posted!!
I woke up to a cool proposal " Could you illustrate my tag? "
I took on the challenge and created a weird three eyed monster face in my iPad. I like how fast I can create just with my fingers on a screen. It's like finger paint for adults. No mess, no clean up, just finger paint! I've been thinking for a while if I should upgrade my iPad or if I should get a Wacom instead... hard decisions.
Have a great Labor Day everyone 🙋🏻
My favorite time of the year is almost here and this year I am joining #inktober (in my own way) so I will be drawing one "scary" illustration a day until Halloween. At @inktober you can find the list of words for each day. @Jakeparker started it in 2009 and I love the idea. Who is going to do it with me? You can tag #drawOct16 and I'll find you!
Let's do this! Follow me on instagram @Bigeyesworld and Facebook to see the progress!
#Inktober is back. This is the third year I commit to create a drawing a day during October to celebrate Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year. Plenty os skulls, owls, bats, cats and witches will be coming to my Instagram and FaceBook. You can follow me, that's be the best way to be posted!
It's not a secret I am fascinated by scary things, my way of coping with situations I worry about or I try to understand, is drawing about it. If you want to join me in this adventure, use the hashtag #DrawOct, I'll find them and repost your illustrations!
Have a terrific October!!
Sometimes, as I said before, I'm just sitting on the train and suddenly an image comes to my mind.
That happened a time ago with the mermaid. I sketched her in the train and later I painted home. This are the results!
I like drawing what's on my mind or something I see. I was in the train with my husband and in front of us was this cute dog. His name is Lemon. We both draw him and this are the results!
I love his style!!
When I'm going to Manhattan or coming back home on train, it always takes at least an hour. I like to read, but carrying a sketchbook and a book and everything else in the bag is always too much. So I choose to bring my ink pens and sketchbook.
Here's Lucy. I choose that name because I had the Beatles song in my head the whole day.
Hope you like it!
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