/page/3

Too much dawdling,not enough doodling….

I guess better late than never in terms of most things,blog-post-writing included. Somehow I keep finding my life filled with stuff to do,that are not art related-just traveling time to and from the various places I am supposed to be at is,ahem, time consuming. Anyways, I really REALLY enjoyed having Josh model for us again last Saturday-he is so awesome! It really makes a world of difference having an inspiring,sensitive and giving model.

So what has been going on? Etsy site=not yet; fun filled evening at my first Mardi Gras Party,with a fabulous outfit and amazing face paint by my darling, Cameron Pfiffner=YES!; enjoying the hell out of drawing these days=yes! enough so that I actually am looking at work of other drawers,no,draughtsmen*
(oh,yes, here is the spot for an aside…follow the asterisk). I really enjoyed looking at the book we have of Heinrich Kley-such a responsive and animated style he has-it gives me the feeling of calligraphy.Of course, Egon Schiele is always nice to look at and makes me want to experiment with color-washes,possibly some pastels……. I also love Otto Dix and his many different ways of expressing himself through drawing. So many things to look at,enjoy and be inspired by. I have no clue,yet,as to how these inspirations will actually manifest themselves in my own work,but I guess time will tell.

What will this week bring? Well, making some Faschingskrapfen is on the agenda-yummy,cannot wait! Meeting with Paul Crisanti about a project of his that includes interviewing me-ha, I admit to being nervous about that part of my week,but also excited.Payback time for all those moments when I asked my dancers to just “improvise” or “add their interpretation of x”……. it sounds suspiciously like Paul and I are to co-create this project of his. I am super excited about Arnett’s and my behind-the-scene tour of his favorite natural history museum-that will be fun, I am sure! I have also committed myself to finally starting to paint backdrop to the pagan advent calendar that has been in the works for,hmm,a mere two years-cheers to procrastination!

And then,of course, more drawing this weekend! Busy? ;p

*( So,here’s the aside: while figure modeling I always cringed when teachers would use the word “drawers” instead of “draughtsmen/women”. I mean that couldn’t possibly be the correct word for denoting a person who draws! Well, finally I decided to look it up in a dictionary and lo and behold, one actually can use the word “drawer” in that context. Now ,granted,this might not come as a surprise to some readers,but it sure was surprising to me. All of my snootiness vanished in a billow of humility and I decided what more fitting name for my blog. I still do not like the sound of calling someone a “drawer”,but hey….I don’t have to like it!)

A moment of rest…….

Taking a few deep breaths, just like my darling snuggler,aka Arnett the resident five-year-old,did today when he was operating on overdrive. Finally I am taking some time to feed my blog(thanks, Paul,for that analogy).

I know everything posted thus far is only about 2-d art,but the performance stuff is festering inside of me. I can just feel it taking shape slowly and in an unusual and slightly round about way. I think,deep care, of my body will be the first step towards a dance theater piece-a new one, my two previous ones revamped,or a mixture of both. To that end, I had my second ever Rolfing session today-it was amazing and it has really inspired me to maintain a deep dialogue with this body that I inhabit.Feeling the therapist,with his surefooted fingers,converse with my muscles,fascia and nervous system was really quite spectacular. My partner asked me afterwards if it hurt and I really can’t say that it did,even though at one point the sensations almost made me feel nauseous-so yes,there was pain,but it was more of a release,a willingness to re-shift and come out of dark tunnels(or drawers).

I am very eager to have another session-in the meantime I might re-visit Feldenkrais work,take a few swims and ponder life on stage…….really,maybe I should just ask Arnett’s input since he is the born mover and performer.

This year is really quite promising-it feels so vigorous,despite the occasional lull I feel.Even just choosing a different layout for this blog,proved fruitful: it gave me an idea for experimenting with multiple layers of drawings on Rorschach images. 

Life is good.

Latest sketches from our weekly figure model sessions.It was a lot of fun to make three sketches on top of one another, asking the model (my darling friend Heidi) to keep her feet in the same position….I think there will be more experimentation with that!

Heidi is really an awesome model and her body really challenged me to overcome my habitual,shorthand of depicting a figure-it doesn’t work at all with her super strong form! Can’t wait to draw her again!

And last picture for today,taken by my friend, Paul Crisanti of me. It has been fun and quite educational modeling for him-a way different experience than what I am used to doing.

And last picture for today,taken by my friend, Paul Crisanti of me. It has been fun and quite educational modeling for him-a way different experience than what I am used to doing.

Experiments,but only with photos as a reference.

Two quick sketches on newsprint I really like

Nicole-oil on masonite

Nicole-oil on masonite

Too much dawdling,not enough doodling….

I guess better late than never in terms of most things,blog-post-writing included. Somehow I keep finding my life filled with stuff to do,that are not art related-just traveling time to and from the various places I am supposed to be at is,ahem, time consuming. Anyways, I really REALLY enjoyed having Josh model for us again last Saturday-he is so awesome! It really makes a world of difference having an inspiring,sensitive and giving model.

So what has been going on? Etsy site=not yet; fun filled evening at my first Mardi Gras Party,with a fabulous outfit and amazing face paint by my darling, Cameron Pfiffner=YES!; enjoying the hell out of drawing these days=yes! enough so that I actually am looking at work of other drawers,no,draughtsmen*
(oh,yes, here is the spot for an aside…follow the asterisk). I really enjoyed looking at the book we have of Heinrich Kley-such a responsive and animated style he has-it gives me the feeling of calligraphy.Of course, Egon Schiele is always nice to look at and makes me want to experiment with color-washes,possibly some pastels……. I also love Otto Dix and his many different ways of expressing himself through drawing. So many things to look at,enjoy and be inspired by. I have no clue,yet,as to how these inspirations will actually manifest themselves in my own work,but I guess time will tell.

What will this week bring? Well, making some Faschingskrapfen is on the agenda-yummy,cannot wait! Meeting with Paul Crisanti about a project of his that includes interviewing me-ha, I admit to being nervous about that part of my week,but also excited.Payback time for all those moments when I asked my dancers to just “improvise” or “add their interpretation of x”……. it sounds suspiciously like Paul and I are to co-create this project of his. I am super excited about Arnett’s and my behind-the-scene tour of his favorite natural history museum-that will be fun, I am sure! I have also committed myself to finally starting to paint backdrop to the pagan advent calendar that has been in the works for,hmm,a mere two years-cheers to procrastination!

And then,of course, more drawing this weekend! Busy? ;p

*( So,here’s the aside: while figure modeling I always cringed when teachers would use the word “drawers” instead of “draughtsmen/women”. I mean that couldn’t possibly be the correct word for denoting a person who draws! Well, finally I decided to look it up in a dictionary and lo and behold, one actually can use the word “drawer” in that context. Now ,granted,this might not come as a surprise to some readers,but it sure was surprising to me. All of my snootiness vanished in a billow of humility and I decided what more fitting name for my blog. I still do not like the sound of calling someone a “drawer”,but hey….I don’t have to like it!)

A moment of rest…….

Taking a few deep breaths, just like my darling snuggler,aka Arnett the resident five-year-old,did today when he was operating on overdrive. Finally I am taking some time to feed my blog(thanks, Paul,for that analogy).

I know everything posted thus far is only about 2-d art,but the performance stuff is festering inside of me. I can just feel it taking shape slowly and in an unusual and slightly round about way. I think,deep care, of my body will be the first step towards a dance theater piece-a new one, my two previous ones revamped,or a mixture of both. To that end, I had my second ever Rolfing session today-it was amazing and it has really inspired me to maintain a deep dialogue with this body that I inhabit.Feeling the therapist,with his surefooted fingers,converse with my muscles,fascia and nervous system was really quite spectacular. My partner asked me afterwards if it hurt and I really can’t say that it did,even though at one point the sensations almost made me feel nauseous-so yes,there was pain,but it was more of a release,a willingness to re-shift and come out of dark tunnels(or drawers).

I am very eager to have another session-in the meantime I might re-visit Feldenkrais work,take a few swims and ponder life on stage…….really,maybe I should just ask Arnett’s input since he is the born mover and performer.

This year is really quite promising-it feels so vigorous,despite the occasional lull I feel.Even just choosing a different layout for this blog,proved fruitful: it gave me an idea for experimenting with multiple layers of drawings on Rorschach images. 

Life is good.

Latest sketches from our weekly figure model sessions.It was a lot of fun to make three sketches on top of one another, asking the model (my darling friend Heidi) to keep her feet in the same position….I think there will be more experimentation with that!

Heidi is really an awesome model and her body really challenged me to overcome my habitual,shorthand of depicting a figure-it doesn’t work at all with her super strong form! Can’t wait to draw her again!

And last picture for today,taken by my friend, Paul Crisanti of me. It has been fun and quite educational modeling for him-a way different experience than what I am used to doing.

And last picture for today,taken by my friend, Paul Crisanti of me. It has been fun and quite educational modeling for him-a way different experience than what I am used to doing.

Experiments,but only with photos as a reference.

Two quick sketches on newsprint I really like

ink 

ink 

Nicole-oil on masonite

Nicole-oil on masonite

Too much dawdling,not enough doodling….
A moment of rest…….

About:

Christina Sedlmaier is an artist living,working,loving and also raising a snuggler in Chicago,IL. Moments of incredible joy and vast grumpiness are par for the course and when I seem lost,look for me in the kitchen. Contact me at websedl@gmail.com (oh,and all images and text are copyright 2012 Christina Sedlmaier or their respective owners)

Following: