Gourds and Kings

I am on vacation and am relaxing a little. But to prepare for a new season of art and studying, I am also taking some online drawing classes. You can always learn something new.

I also found a gourd that we had in our guest room. My parents grew it last summer and dried it, I got to paint it. I went with an African-inspired pattern, though I am aware that there are many different “African” art styles from different cultures. Not trying to copy a particular look, just having fun with patterns here :)

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And I also am getting further along in designing the characters for my book “Somehow Something is Missing!”.  I did some work on the king character, trying to figure out his colors, shapes and facial expressions. I have a clearer idea what he will look like, but it’s not 100% set yet. They say that you should draw at least 100 versions of your character before settling for a design. I think that’s pretty accurate. I did about that much, maybe not quite. But I’m getting close. :)

And for good measure, here are some pictures of the finished palette shelf and of a hawk mask that I made. (Because, hawks are awsome ;) )

I’m Moving…

I was in Italy for another 3 days before returning home. We went to a Canyon to do some rock climbing on the last day. Apart from that we just enjoyed the sun :)

Now that I’m back in Germany, I went to Ewersbach for a few days. I’m moving from one room to another room in the dorm. Packing things, carrying them over, walking back and forth. Things are moving.

On the art side, I feel inspired and stressed at the same time. Inspired because of new ideas, stressed because I don’t have much time. In between stacking books and sorting clothes I have some small projects going: final touches on my rhino mask, painting the palette shelf and starting a new painting. All these things are works in progress, and they don’t happen themselves. But I’m moving.

Then, something else that might not be so obvious. A mysterious health issue that has been following me for 7 years and might now be uncovered: a fungal infection in my intestines. It’s treatable, but the treatment is tedious and takes a long time. I’m taking the medication and I’m not excited about the way I feel physically, but I’m glad to finally have a lead. And as tedious as the treatment is, I know this isn’t going to last. It’s slow, I’ll probably have setbacks. But most important… I’m moving.

Straw Figures Workshop!

I got to host and teach a straw figure workshop last Saturday. We ended up being 5 people, all of whom had fun making characters out of straw and wire. I thought the results were cool to see :)

It’s Lantern Season!

St. Martin’s day is around the corner, a day in remembrance of the generosity of a soldier named Martin. The story goes that he saw a poor beggar in the snow and was moved with compassion. He took his robe and gave it to the man, saving the man’s life.
St. Martin’s day isn’t a holiday in Germany, but it is celebrated with lantern walks, songs and bonfires. Most of the people who celebrate St. Martin’s day are kids with their parents, but not here in Ewersbach: We are having our own lantern walk as well.

In honor of the occasion we had a lantern building workshop. Unfortunately only 2 people could participate, but we still had fun. I built a goldfish lantern and my friend Sina built a Calvin-and-Hobbes lantern. So even if it was small, it was the first creative workshop I got to host at this school. A start, and starts are good :)

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