Sunday, December 11, 2011

今・いま 「Ima (now)」

I've been meaning to draw a pocket watch that my late grandmother gave to my dad, and I took the time yesterday to give it a go and I'm pretty happy with how it came out..

I changed the numbers on the face to the Japanese kanji for "now", as an expression of my need to focus on the present and not always looking to a moment in the future and not to live simply en route to "something", I'm here now...

I was messing around with acrylic ink and I drew an orchid and put a poem I love by Jacques Prevert which I interpret to be about shedding the ritualism of grief, over what ever one might grieve over which might not necessarily be only bereavement, and to carry on. The latin on the top of the page is part of a poem by Virgil, it means "But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail." <3

Saturday, December 10, 2011


I haven't posted anything in what feels like ages, so here's some recent things I've done when I've found the time outside of college work. I miss art so much right now, and it's becoming discouraging that my college work is consuming so much of my time, but I hope to make more time for my creative work. 

Sketches from a Dublin Sketchers outing to the Natural History Museum. 

A dried, tattered leaf that fell from an enclosed tree Odin (bunny) refused to leave in the garden. 

Started drawing a tea cup as a practice run for a bigger picture I'm working on. I like to move from more realistic (or attempting realism) drawings to more abstract/ stylized components in the one image. The different Japanese says things like "morning" "wake me up gently" "tea cup" etc. It's a small tribute to my love of herbal teas and how they're a source of comfort to me when I'm in college etc. 

The next few images are from my journal where I like to make collages of inspirational images, text and anything that I find moves me to creating and expressing. The intention was to make the vague image of piano keys out of different parts of drawings/ cut outs from books and manga I love, sheet music, my own photography/prints, magazine photos etc. Each part means a lot to me and bring memories of different times in my life. 

This practice ink drawing of orchids was spontaneously done on these mini canvas boards I got from a second hand shop, and I quite like how it turned out.