The facade of the Stanford Memorial Church acts as a centerpiece and tourist destination; It’s what's around the corner that inspires me. Crowds of people snap photographs of the grand mosaic glistening in the sun; I walk through the shady garden, stumbling upon a breathtaking view. Shielding the rock, covering the stained glass, and wrapping across the steeple, I see what comforts me. Scaffolding.
Here is the first officially "completed" drawing done in Bratislava! The medium is once again, the iPad, with the Brushes app. I packed lightly for my trip ( as lightly as I could, when 80% of my travel gear is already art supplies), and considered leaving the iPad behind, only working with organic media. Wait.. I think I'm going to start considering the iPad as organic media. They are, after all, made by hand. Anyways ! I'm so glad I brought this along. After doing this piece I realize how much of a staple the medium is in my work.
This drawing quickly took on the appearance of a Japonisma approach. Japonisma is more or less, the 19th centuries' obsession and influence by Japanese prints. Van Gogh, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cassatt were all dramatically influenced by Japanese prints when they arrived in Europe. These artists began to incorporate the features of Japanese prints, such as flat shapes and patterns, into their own work.
I took this approach on, because I tend to use the Brushes app in two ways: as a sketchbook for line, and as a printmaker for colors. So, when I add color to these drawings, I am working on a different layer for multiple colors, just as a printmaker has a plate for his the, or "key" image, then a separate plate for color.