Mixed Media Artist

Simply Exposed

Ballerina Fixes Her Hair

This is a 8″x10″ pen and ink drawing on stone paper. There is no border on the piece.

This work is available HERE

Usually, my art is not about simplicity. It is about layers, textures. It is about building and changing the image as I go.  I never worry about my initial drawing because it can/will be changed.  I am not a minimalist.

This is also apparent when you come into my house.

I am starting to get worried that one day the door bell will ring and one of those  Hoarder TV show camera crews will be standing on my door step.

Once I heard one of those hoarder specialists say that if you even have one junk drawer then you are on your way to being a hoarder…uh, oh.

I think that it is time to purge.  We need to get rid of stuff and we need to stop bringing stuff into the house that we don’t need or is basically, um … junk.  I am tired of trying to find a place for everything (hence the junk drawers…at least I am not sweeping the stuff under the rug…well, not yet anyway). It is making me ill. This stuff is toxic (most likely in more ways than one!)

This made me think about my process and how it has changed over the years.  I have slowed down, my paintings are taking longer  to complete.  I have not considered this when I question why have not produced as much this year when I had more time with Scarlett in school all day. I think that knowing I have more time has made me take more time when I am creating.

So, I am going to start doing  small pen and ink drawings ….not every day… I don’t need more pressure or rules to put on myself.  Maybe I will do more than one a day!  Who can say.  I do know that theses drawings are very hard for me. I feel so vunerable….exposed… here I am with out any of my magic tricks, with out all my distractions (those being the use of collage and colour).

hopefully I still look good naked … yikes ….here is ‘the full monty’ … ‘the minimalist monty’?  You know what I mean.

Enjoy!

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3 responses

  1. The minimalist monty . . . ! Lol. Maria, I am looking forward to seeing your ink work. This piece is fantastic, thanks for posting it.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  2. liz

    Maria, I look forward to following your progress. I have tried to simplify and minimize in the past and it is a continual struggle. It is so difficult when you see the potential in “stuff” and how it can be combined and applied. I look forward to your success and hope to learn from you!

    June 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  3. I love your work. I love the bright colors and collage element, but I will say that this piece shows the vulnerability you were talking about. I love it! It looks great on my wall as well.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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