my friend, mandy, also surprised me with this drawing (above) of me eating cake. i don't have enough photos of her to return the surprise but i have plenty of old drawings of mandy in my closet, on the shelves, and in my sketchbooks. including this comic (below) that i drew for her birthday several years ago.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
this drawing of christine (above) is my new favorite. she seems to get younger every day. i, on the other hand, just got my first prescription for bifocals! her drawing of me (below) cheered me up. it's another new favorite.
there's something ben shahnese about it.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
nadine (portrayed above) was excited to share this story about her portrait swap with ujwala. "This one is of Ujwala Prabhu and her husband, as they appeared after participating in an Indian Holiday called 'Holi' that celebrates color and ushers in spring. Ujwala says, 'Holi is great fun. It gives us an opportunity to let our hair down and be kids again - running around with water guns or buckets of water and colour.' This double portrait (below) is of them covered in purple paint. As an artist, I can't imagine a better holiday, than one that celebrates color! I am going to write to my congressman right away, to see if we can't get a holiday like that in the United States.
just so's you know, nadine, holi IS celebrated in america. my mom used to take my family to the orange bowl in miami to get sprayed by the rainbow water cannon and play slip-n-slide on the plastic mats that caught the water. we wore white clothes but we brought water balloons and water pistols filled with colored water to the celebration. so, by the end of the day, our clothes were dyed in rainbow colors.
Monday, July 14, 2008
this portrait party between ujwala (portrayed above) and mellanie (portrayed below) was done on 2.5" x 3.5" cards as part of the artist trading card swaps happening all over the world. check out the monday artday site to read a little more!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
nadine (portrayed above) also traded portraits with mia and her cat, gracie (portrayed below). flash forward ten years: nadine is honored at the national portrait gallery for drawing everyone in the united states. if you can dream it, you can do it!