Archive: 2009-02 1 - 4 of 17 posts

Love Me, Love Me, Love Me

Posted Feb 2009

So, as I was saying last night, when we say that we like the Artwork or not, what we're really saying is whether we like the Artist's Personality or not. Whether we like the Artist or not.

That's probably why the Artist takes people's reactions so personally. Why we want people to like 'our Artwork'. Because what it's really saying is whether or not you like Me.

I usually get my accollades through my pictures. That's probably why I keep doing it. Here are some of my pictures. One is from a company-party who hires me back again every year. The other is a party where they really want me to stay overtime - but all I could give them was an extra half-hour because I was already committed to going to a 2nd party that day:

And I wonder, why do we like one style more than another? 'Confidence' is admirable, but so is 'trying'. Why wouldn't I, for instance, not like the 'trying-too-hard' style that I mimicked for you last night? What's wrong with that? What's wrong with a person who really Wants to do well, who focuses on it so intensely.

Even some grown-ups and senior-citizens fall into the school-age crap about 'liking the cool kid'. And some like 'safe' - classical and reserved - just doing it right with nothing new added. Just like 'the Artist is always drawing herself', we could also say that 'the Viewer is always seeing himself'. It's the Viewer's Personality that determines whether or not he likes what the Artist does.

Art is so personal. Bringing it 'out there' is really taking a chance. Hoping for Love. Or at least, acceptance.

Thank you to all the Wonderful People that I meet while doing this.

And just as important as being accepted by You, I hope I can also love my Artwork, no matter how my experiences leave me drawing. (And no matter how my experiences make me look, I hope I will always love and care for what what I see.)


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Attitude

Posted Feb 2009

It's been said that the Artist is always drawing herself no matter what the subject matter of the painting is. That's true. The Artist's Personality comes through in everything she does.

Here are two line drawings that I scribbled out quickly - no predraw, no agony. I'm glad I'm the person that I am. I like these much better than the 3rd drawing - where I tried to redraw the girl in a way that I've seen students trying to control a picture to be perfect. (I've even seen some people take out rulers!) Do you see that the pictures show as much about Me as about the person I was drawing?

This is a truth that comes through in everything that we do - not just our Artwork. It's not what happens out there that determines what we're going to do. It's our own Essence that determines what we see, what we choose, and how we act.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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Small Mats

Posted Feb 2009

These are some pictures that I drew at a company-Party. I figure this is a chance to show you what the Small Mats look like. The Small Size limits how freely I can create the pictures, but it looks a little less casual than the unmatted Choice. I still say that the Large Matted Caricatures have the best of both worlds. The Artist feels free to let the picture flow AND the presentation looks Real Niiiice:


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
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Doodling

Posted Feb 2009

Doodling - drawing freely, mindlessly. Sometimes I discover really neat things when I do that. This time, I was surprised by the first picture I'm posting here. It was a mess of stuff that I was drawing with a humongous marker while waiting waiting waiting my turn at the store. What to draw? I drew the mess of stuff that they had next to the cash-register. No predraw. No style choice. Just pen moving. No idea for an illustration. Just doodling.

Doesn't this look like a bold, useable illustration?


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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