I named this woman Amalie after a friend’s daughter. I imagine the original Amalie will grow up to be this. As for Agnes, that was a friend’s suggestion for the subject of this portrait. But I’d already chosen Amalie, so I decided to introduce another subject. Woof woof!
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When I started this picture earlier this evening, I was stuck. I knew I wanted to put something on this woman’s head, I just wasn’t sure what. A little ways in I posted my progress on Instagram. Minutes later, my friend Lubna Saif Abbas left a comment: I imagine her with a set of playing cards. I thought that was perfect! Because it allowed a narrative where this woman would have, on her head (well, in her hair) a playing card. So thank you, Lubna, for unsticking me!
It’s so rare that I’m inspired by contemporary art these days. And when I say ‘inspired’ I mean loving a body of work so much that I’m compelled to emulate it. I’ve been following Rui Tsunoda on Twitter and fell in love with his drawings. For the past two days I’ve been fiddling around with my pencils, markers, watercolors and inks in attempt after attempt to satisfactorily create a piece as dynamic as his. I finally settled on my Book of Curtains and Abraxas inks to fully embrace Rui. I became so frustrated, however; knew that all I had to do was keep going, that it would eventually come together. It finally did when I accidentally spilled my ‘rosa rosen’ ink on my desk (and phone). There was a second of horrific disbelief followed by a wait-a-second-why-not moment. I turned my book over the spill and allowed the paper to absorb the pink ink. And it was complete.