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I Heart Dragons

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by katievautour

Grr! That was my frustration, not the dragon. Usually when I really plan out a piece, like this one, it doesn’t work out as well as more spontaneous drawings. Which doesn’t make sense.

…I am glad I gave the blue/purple combo a whirl, that, to me, is probably the only redeeming aesthetic aspect about this.

This did get me thinking though: dragons haveĀ  existed as a mythological creature for thousands of years. With all the technology today (I’m specifically considering video games here) providing us with “realistic” representations of dragons, I think we’ve paradoxically gotten farther than ever from the core idea behind dragons; that is, imagination. Dragons aren’t monstrous, treasure-hoarding abominations you slay for XP points and virtual gold. They’re powerful symbols of the human mind being able to articulate the world in ways beyond our direct, physical existence.

I think we’re losing that.

A Pigeon in a Puddle

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by katievautour

As it turns out, the best time to find birds is the worst time to draw…that is, in pouring rain. This fellow is enjoying his time in a misty puddle, probably because he’s silently laughing at me as I am drenched, due to my lack of water-repellent feathers.

I wonder if they think humans are giants…

Merry Christmas! Santa?

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by katievautour

Hallelujah! For it is Christmas, the epitome of consumer culture. If I buy many things, decorate my house in offensively glittering lights and kill trees for pure aesthetic pleasure, I will be laden with the joy of the season.

Am I missing the point?


Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by katievautour

Pigeon Portrait

This is one section from an assortment of drawings on a large sheet of paper, none of which progressed any further.

But I almost like this one.

Portrait of Dramatic 1940s Woman

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by katievautour

1940s Style Woman

I saw this woman in a movie from the nineteen forties. She wasn’t a popular actress because I only saw her that one time, but I thought her face was really dramatic so I did a painting of her.

And…this is the painting.

24″ x 36″. Pastel and acrylic on paper.

Bright Bird Painting: Curled Up Flamingo

Posted in Art, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by katievautour

Curled Flamingo

So, I like birds, as you can probably tell by now. This is the first of two flamingos I made, and that was interesting, because their anatomy is so unique. Flamingos seem to be either the most graceful or awkward looking birds on the planet, depending on what they’re doing.

I’m pretty happy with the texture of the feathers and how the image seems to fluctuate between volume and flatness.

14″ x 36″. Acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal and crayon on paper.

I See Dead People: Michael Jackson Painting

Posted in Art, painting with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by katievautour

Michael Jackson

Okay, so I thought I’d finally jump on the fanboat and milk the untimely death of talented celebrities.

But seriously, I do like painting famous people because I’m a sellout and they make me money. That, and I think “original”…I use that term very loosely when it comes to international icons because I think heavy appropriation of source material plays a major part of these people’s lives… painting of celebrities make a strong statement about the repetitive nature and unlimited accessibility of popular culture. I mean, this is some guy’s face and yet he is an idol to who knows how many people. I don’t know him. You don’t know him (well, you might). But we feel like we do, even if we don’t. There’s something really interesting, and freaky, about that.

Best way to view this painting: take a couple of steps back from the computer screen, then take a look at it. The image is meant to pull together at a distance as it’s fairly large scale. Or squint your eyes, it has a similar effect to viewing it from farther away.

24″ x 36”. Spray paint, marker, acrylic, charcoal, oil and pastel on canvas.