Jazz & John Lees Marathon: Winter 2009

January and February 2009: In January, I take a drawing marathon with John Lees. He encourages us to experiment with different materials, including ink wash, collage, watercolor and bleach. With John, I feel liberated to make whatever comes to mind: I begin with nostalgic collages of my brothers and the Texas landscape; an unexpected visit to a jazz concert inspires a series of drawings and collages, which later merge with the animal imagery.

 
My little sign (John Lee's Marathon exhibition in hallway)


Close Your Eyes and It's Passed...
11" x 17" watercolor and ink on paper
January 2009


Goats and Brothers
11" x 17" watercolor and ink on paper
January 2009


Brothers
11" x 17" watercolor, ink, collage on paper
January 2009


Pugsly the Cat
11" x 17" watercolor, ink, collage on paper
January 2009


 Brothers Dreaming
11" x 14" watercolor and gouache on paper
February 2009


 
Horses in Landscape
each 11" x 17" watercolor on paper
January 2009


Rebirth Brass Band

 



 Every day, every day
I get the blues, I get the blues

 
It don't mean a think if it ain't got swing

 

Sketches of Jazz Musicians
each page 3" x 5" pencil on paper
January-February 2009


 Jazz in Texas Landscape
11" x 17" watercolor collage on paper
January 2009


 Here's to Life
11" x 17" watercolor collage on paper
January 2009

 Deep Blues
8" x 10" mixed media collage on paper
January 2009

 



Jazz Collage Series
each 17" x 24" mixed media collage on paper
January 2009


 Horse Jazz
11" x 17" watercolor on paper
January 2009


Some Model Studies: From John Lee's marathon. Our setup: a model, a bathtub, our materials, our imagination. Encouragement to experiment, to grow, to work a drawing until holes peep through and then you keep on working. 


Moleskin Sketch
5" x 6" walnut ink on paper
January 2009




More model studies in walnut ink



 Model by the Bath
17" x 11" walnut ink and pencil on paper
January 2009




 Model in Tub
11" x 17" Mixed media drawing
January 2009



Before the Bath
11" x 17" Mixed media drawing
January 2009


 Model with Goat
11" x 17" Mixed media drawing
January 2009


 
Figure Study I
17" x 11" mixed media on paper
January 2009


 Figure Study II
17" x 11" mixed media on paper
January 2009
After John Lee's Marathon: I pursue the themes of jazz, horses and mixed media in my studio. I even increase the scale (that should make Graham happy, right?) but I get frustrated and carve up some watercolors that don't "look right." I paste the pieces together to form a watercolor-sculpture. That feels better. Little do I know that the act of cutting up a painting and sculpting with the pieces will shape my MFA Thesis Exhibition in May.


Emo Pictures
each 11" x 17" watercolor on paper
February 2009


Jazz Lovers
11" x 17" watercolor on paper
February 2009

 Horse Jazz Lovers
29" x 17" acrylic on paper
February 2009

 Jazz Love POW!
each apx 29" x 17" acrylic on paper
February 2009







Large Jazz Collage
36" x 36" watercolor gouache on paper
February 2009


Large Jazz Collage II
36" x 36" watercolor and gouache on paper
February 2009


Large Jazz Collage III
36" x 36" watercolor and gouache on paper
February 2009

 Horse Collage
60" x 72" watercolor and gouache collage on paper
February 2009


  Big Jazz
60" x 72" watercolor and gouache collage on paper
February 2009


 Horizontal Jazz
9" x 22" watercolor gouache collage on paper
February 2009


 Life's Cycles
26" x 20.5" watercolor and gouache on paper
February 2009
 Inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell
 
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