Sunday, August 29, 2010

ThE ZoNe

There is something magical about producing something that wasn't there
before. For me, it is art. I get so excited when I sit down and release all
that pent up energy into something that has been playing across my mind.
Something that has wanted to get out for a while. It is so satisfying to
look at something you did and know that it is the very essence
of who you are. It doesn't have to be perfect. BUT don't let the fear of failure
discourage you from trying. You will be surprised by the your own
capability. It is something that I feel I must do to understand life.
It clears my head and makes me feel like I have purpose.

{this is my neice Tayla with a twist inspired by the Fauves, Acrylic}
For the big day tomorrow my cooperating teacher (whom I'll call Mrs. CT)
asked if I would create a small slide show introducing myself to the kids. For some odd reason, kids think that teachers live in the school and don't have lives of their own. Mrs. CT also said to include some of my artwork to show the kid that yes, art teachers know how to draw. (This is great for me. I have the hardest time drawing on the chalkboard.)

I've been going through some of my old work (most what I've done in classes at school) and it was so fun to look at. I'd thought I would share a little bit of some of the things I've done. I've added some quotes about creating or art that I related to. Enjoy!

{Study done with watercolor}

"God didn’t give me a choice. Art is not just something I create but something I am. It makes me one with my personal God. When I see something of beauty—landscape, still life objects—I need to be a part of it; through the creative process, I become one with my subject. My subject’s soul and my soul intertwine." -ritzymitzi
{Perfume Ad, Watercolor}
"I paint because it is the only time when I can be truly me and only me..."

{Study, Watercolor}
"If you are true artist, you make art throughout your entire life. You have no choice." -John Mars

{head study, Graphite Pencil}
"I paint, sketch because I live art. Look, see, observe, smell, taste, feel. Art is what we are. It's actually an extension of ourselves which God himself gave to us at birth. Sit behind your easel and smell fresh paint and mediums and if you are not excited deep within, then you are not destined to produce art. It has different meanings for us all, but all in a nutshell "We just have to!"
{My roommate who was a dance major, Oil}
{Figure study, Pastel}
{Flower, Watercolor}
"I started painting in my 50s and it totally changed how I look at my world and how I live my life. When I paint I have total freedom to create whatever I chose to. The fact that there are no rules is so liberating and that freedom spills over into my daily life. I love it!" -Margidy
{China girl inspired by my visit to China, Pen, Ink, and Gouche}
."The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty." -Uchtdorf

{China woman, Gouche on wood sanded off}
"No one can tell me I'm wrong."
{Illustration Study, Acrylic}
{Flowers, Gouche}
{Elephant, Charcoal and Gouche}


Laura Wynn said...

gosh, these are gorgeous!! I especially love that fish on the fork. Made me giggle :)
Have a great first day!

SilverNeurotic said...

I love them. I am as far as an artist as you can get, but I absolutely love looking at art. I love wandering around art museums and letting my imagination run wild,

Kate said...

Kendra, wow! These are so beautiful! This is the kind of art I wish I could create. I used to draw and sketch all the time but I was never this good, especially with paint. Best of luck today!

Tara said...

I still really love that pink flower pic. The China girl is breathtaking as well. I want to see your video presentation!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! So talented! I keep telling Derek WE NEED KENDRA ART IN OUR HOUSE, but we can't decide on what...airplanes, mountains, people...all of the above? Maybe one day when life slows down a bit we can twist your arm into making us a creation??


Holly Knitlightly said...

Whoa! You are amazing! These are so beautiful.