little known trivia about the artist here: one of my favorite things to draw is toenails.
early one today. see, i want to be out doing garden work, but i needed to make yogurt. it’s a couple hour process that keeps me in the kitchen. i actually have my work desk in the kitchen (i’m a kitchen witch) so it worked out to do the picture earlier so i don’t have to worry about it later when i am exhausted from garden work. so i didn’t do splatter & ink blot self-testing, i drew a flower i could see out my window (i love cone flowers!) and drew my mood.
i’m feeling very discouraged about my art.
but i used extra ink to prep pages for later inkings. speaking of ink. i used more color variety in this one than usual. i like it okay. i like that i have (as fidgit used to say) a big imagination, but i sometimes wish…well, often wish, i had more appeal. i mean, i like my stuff (usually) and i have some beautiful & devoted fans…. but i will look at the pages of others & see a ba-jillion “likes” whereas i am doing great to get four.
so i wonder at my lack of appeal.
where are my people?
how do i find them?
so my flower is sad & the sky is stormy…but i did put blue in the back…hope.
tomorrow is another day.
van gogh died having only sold one painting.
maybe i can sell two.
(i totally forgot to squiggle in my clouds….)
i’m still letting homework & kids keep me from getting my comic done. i have the next page written, but not yet drawn. however, just now, while nursing my baby back to sleep (one of the times i do my best thinking about zombies, etc) i figured out the layout for the next page. maybe tomorrow page 3 will be done.
meanwhile, here is a pastel i did a year ago in my drawing II class. this is tank girl done in the style of van gogh. tank girl & van gogh are both inspirations for me. back in my early twenties i shaved most of my head & would be compared to tank girl (as well as sinead o’connor). i love tank girl. i am an anarchist at heart. i also love van gogh–though admittedly i did not pay that much attention to him until a dr. who episode with a van gogh plotline. van gogh has a sad story. he only sold one painting while he was alive. he committed suicide, but it took a day or so to die after he shot himself. i only know a bit about him and do not think he was so much talented as he was inspired & passionate. my favorite is his sunflowers & his starry night. he did a LOT of self-portraits. this one was a take-off of self-portrait with a with a bandaged ear & pipe. by the way, he did not cut off his ear to send to a lady–his ear was cut off in a drunken brawl with gauguin (fellow painter) & then sent to a lady. i think that is a much better story.