This is a mixture of odds and ends from the recent sketchbook - little notes, page overlays, and such. I use semi-transparent sheets of tracing paper or vellum to protect pages and often get too carried away by the paper and add drawings on them too - you can learn more about why I do this and how in a series of posts Layers in my sketchbooks. And some of these were done with the CMYK pens experiments.
March 13-19, 2023. Days 385-390 of war.
We had some wonderful conversations this week. My parents told me stories about my childhood conversations with dogs on the streets, elephants in the zoo, and a picture that one of my brothers drew on the door. We talked about the difference between Ukrainian words for the frog and toad and how Google translate is failing sometimes with Ukrainian one way but works the other way.
Tрey sang me a song (which is always a treat!) - it is called a Hutzulka Ksenya - and is a version of the Ukrainian tango and is mentioning a Ukrainian musical instrument which my parents' claim is the longest musical instrument in the world - Trembita :)
Trip to Croatia (2023) - Sketchbook - Part 3: Process Photos, Sketching Materials and Sketchbook Flip-Through
Trip to Croatia (2023) - Sketchbook - Part 1: Cities
Trip to Croatia (2023) - Sketchbook - Part 2: Views
Trip to Croatia (2023) - Sketchbook - Part 2: Views
March 6-12, 2023. Days 379-384 of war.
This week started with a conversation about one of my parent's friends. They finally got in touch with him and found out that he was ok but had to take his wife to the hospital. My parents were in a good mood about it because a) he was not only alive but restored his computer which was damaged when russian missile exploded in his backyard in 2022. b) the hospital on the outskirts of Kharkiv was still working and taking non-war patients c) his wife was alive and, hopefully, getting some help! Unfortunately by the end of the week, all of Ukraine and Kharkiv in particular were shelled badly. The city was without power and water for a few days and my parent's friend lost his wife. The overall mood went down. Mom said: we feel like we are a suitcase without a handle.
We also talked about international women's day and some new Ukrainian authors that were honored (though my parents disagree with the choices, it is always great to hear about their alternatives). I shared a tulip that is growing on my table and Mom told me about an interesting new plant that she found but we haven't identified it yet. And they prepared some new Ukrainian words for me to learn.
Street View World Tour is a monthly two-hour drawing session organized by Gage Academy, Eleanor Doughty, and Jenny Adam and attended by people from all over the world on zoom.
A few weeks ago I wrote about two exhibits that I want to see in 2023. It started a little avalanche of things I would suddenly notice and think about as "what if that would be an exhibit to visit? How far would I be willing to travel to see it and what else would I do in that place? Who would I love to go with? What would be the title of that show and what other artists would be cool to add to that experience - art/audio/video/dance/fragrance/food etc.? What would I draw there?
One of these daydreaming sessions was inspired by a new book "David Hockney. My Window" - a very much overpriced collection of 120 works by one of my art heroes and it contains his latest works done on his iPad and iPhone - views from his window in Yorkshire. And then I saw that there is a new immersive performance that he put up in London - David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)" (which by the way is very much a manifesto I would like to adopt!)
This article in the Guardian will show you some stills and tell you more about this - but in short - I think it is a retrospective, a moving way through Hockney's thoughts on looking, it is a new kind-of exhibit with animation, video, multiple points of view, multiple screens surrounding viewers in 3D space of the room, it has its own score of music and yes it is probably overwhelming but also exciting! It looks like a celebration of the joy that humans get from making things.
I would love to experience it!
All this meant that I pulled my Hockney books (see below, and more are waiting for me at the library - hurray for public libraries!). And went back to my notes on the exhibit that I saw in San Francisco some years back - "David Hockney. A bigger exhibition" (it blew my mind then) and now I am knee-deep in thinking about my own curated version of Hockney exhibition :)
February 27- March 6, 2023. Days 371-379 of war.
This week we talked a lot about exercising and all sorts of supplements and routines. Cold weather, rain, and lack of movement due to various reasons, meant that on both sides of the ocean muscles and joints were a hot topic. My mom continued interesting conversations about hydrogen inspired by the "Hidden Hydrogen" article in Science Magazine. I shared some names of the new (for me) artists that I found and hope to discuss them with my parents next week. We talked a lot about family and friends - checking on who shared what news with whom and discussing how to support them.