My latest art endeavor has been to let the art lead the way. It is very freeing. Starting with no preconceived notion of what I want to create and waiting for images to appear. It fascinates me to see a finished product, and to take in everything that has shown itself to me. It makes me wonder, how do the images relate to me? How is it that those particular people showed up in the art? How did they get so interwoven with each other?
The process is a meditative journey, and the end result draws me deeper in, wondering about that journey that took place somewhere in my subconscious mind. It really is magical.
When you look at the modern-day totems that keep presenting themselves to me you see one thing, and then you see another. It’s almost like an optical illusion, with your mind not being able to hold onto one image before it shifts into the next.
For someone who loves eyes, these are a perfect expression for me. I count 30 eyes. Thirty-three if you count sunglasses. Thirty-four if you count 1/2 sunglasses. And there were four more that didn’t make the cut.
Still plugging along on the coloring books for adults. All of the images for the first book are finished and about 20 for the second book.
I’m back on the big studio tour this year, in November, and every once in a while I think, “How in the world am I ever going to pull myself away from drawing to make inventory for that show?” I’m trying not to think about it and push it to the back of my brain.
Above is a super zoom-in of a mandala I’m working on for book two in the series. I’m pretty proud at the neatness of my hand-drawing. I do wonder if it looks too precise though, to the point where people will doubt that I did it by hand. I used a fuzzy line pen so it doesn’t look too computer-generated.
I’ve been thinking about how to describe the current designs I’m working on. They’re not your typical flowery, soft-edge style that you see a lot of. More industrial? Masculine? Maybe I don’t need to describe them at all and just let you all check them out. I can’t wait to share them all. next month, y’all!
I’m missing color a little bit and have spent a lot of time sitting at my computer for the last month. I think I’ll go out to the new, and neglected, studio for a little bit and work with some media that doesn’t require a keyboard or a screen.
Every Friday I upload free coloring book pages in the group, Lori Greenberg’s Coloring Connection. This week I uploaded an additional page to get feedback on a really detailed image. Today I’m uploading another bonus page to give a feel for where the designs have gone since starting this project. This page has similar design elements to one of the pages slotted for the first book.
Click the image to download your free page to print out and color, and join the facebook group to make sure you don’t miss the free weekly pages.
Also, a change in plans, but a good change. Instead of three books coming out in November, I’ll be publishing two in October. The third book will follow after that, still leaving plenty of time to grab them for the colorists on your holiday shopping lists.
I’d love to see what you come up with in your coloring of these pages. I’ve been humbled by what colorists have created and shown over on the facebook page.