Thursday, August 2, 2018

Create 92 in 2018 - Faces


Surprisingly, for the Create 92 series I have stayed with creating faces. Do you recognize this lady? Some of the sixty two pieces I've created to date are self portraits like these four. These four are a few of my favorites from the series and these are all ink drawings.

But what do they mean?

While researching for my teaching certificate I came across an article with the headline: If the artwork has no meaning is it just decoration?

Not that decoration is bad. I like decoration. But I want to make meaningful art. A lot of the art I make is made because I want to make something happy and colorful and pretty. The purpose is to make the viewer happy.

I'm not a portrait artist. I'll never paint your portrait that you will be amazed that it looks just like the photograph. I'm just not that talented. But these small eight by eight abstract portraits of me and other faces mean something to me. There's a mosaic brokenness quality in the faces maybe because I'm broken but that is offset by the use of bright colors to signify the hope and gratitude that I have in life. Our broken pieces have a tendency to create something lovely inside of us. My resting face is not attractive. I've been cursed with almost non-existent and down-turned lips. And almost every time I take a picture, one eyebrow decides to have a life of its own and shoots up. Our quirky, wonderful faces.

We all have a face. They're all different but at the same time all the same. Our faces tell others how we're feeling. Happy, angry, sad or just your regular, neutral sometimes resting ugly face that makes others wonder what we're thinking. Wonderful, wonderful faces.

In making these pieces, I like the control I have in making the ink drawings and I like the freedom and looseness I have in making the acrylic paintings. They're both wonderful in their own way.

As of this moment, August 2nd at 9:32am, I have 30 more to make and everyday I'm excited to see who shows up.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Welcome!

I set up a website last year over at another company but I never updated it and I didn't use it as a store so I decided to let it go and come back to blogger. Blogger is free. :)

Did you know I have an Etsy Store? I do. Just click on the word any of the words Etsy and it will show you what I have currently listed. But did you know I have a lot more artwork available than what is listed in the store. I do! A butt ton. Like Dinosaur butt ton. Well, maybe more like buffalo butt ton. But you get the picture. I have a lot of artwork available for you to purchase.

Do you know where you can see almost all my artwork? Instagram.

Currently I'm in a summer series I call Create 92 in 2018. On the first day of the series I drew a face and that set the content for the series. All pieces are 8x8 inches. Most of them have been ink drawings but I've done a few paintings as well. I, of course, retain the right to change subject matter at any time but as a group, they're kind of amazing. You can see all faces posted by searching #create92in2018

My other series I have on Instagram is a series I made March 21, 2017 through February 5, 2018 called Project 321. To see that series you can search #Project321Art. I've tried to update the comments with sold if it has indeed been sold. These pieces are mostly 6x9 inches and come with a 9x12 matboard ready for you to frame.

The other cool thing about the Project 321 pieces is that the majority of these pieces have been uploaded to my portfolio at RedBubble.com along with a bunch of other art stuff. RedBubble is a product sight and artist upload their artwork. When you buy a product, the artist gets paid a small commission.

So, if you're a first time visitor, this is an old blog that I had where I documented a project I called Give 52. It was a weekly project where I made a piece of artwork each week and then I sent it out into the universe mostly to my friends and family to let the know I loved them.

We'll see how well I do with updating this site. I can tell you it probably won't be often but never say never.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cheryl Houston Art

I have a new website at CherylHoustonArt.com!

I would love for you to come visit and join me on Instagram to see what inspiration is up to in my life with my new quest: Project 321.

Thanks!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Give 52 Final Reflection

Cheryl Houston Art
Exercise P from Y is for Yellow Class
with teacher, Carla Sonheim.
It's been two weeks since I gave out the last drawing of my Give 52 quest and I've been reflecting on what accomplishing the quest means to me.

I wish I could tell you that I'm overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment and pride and I've scored a huge deal with an art agent and I'm going to be the next Frida Kahlo, Pabla Picasso and Salvador Dali all rolled up into one while illustrating a ton of books and painting a ton of paintings but my reality is the same as it always has been.

While I am proud of the art that I created and of the courage I had to send it out into the world, for whatever reason I feel a certain disconnect. Maybe it's just that feeling you get when something ends but I feel disconnected from friends, family and community for a variety of different life reasons but at my core, when I ask myself, "Who are you?" I feel more like an artist than I ever have felt before- even when I was in art school. Even though, I've always been an artist. Maybe that was the whole purpose of the quest - recognizing my own purpose.

What happens next is a mystery to me but if I can keep nurturing my talent, following my curiosity, and sharing it with others, I believe good things will come.

Thank you so much for following along with my Give 52 Quest and I hope you will join me on my new website Cheryl Houston Art where I'll continue sharing my art stories on a new blog.

This is my gift. I give it to you.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Give 52 Week 52 - Laugh Like Crazy

Give 52 Week 52
Cheryl Houston 2016
So, I'm an artist but I have a job I go to Monday through Friday. I've worked in this office for ten years. Ten years! Now, I don't want to sound ungrateful because this job has provided so much financially for me but there are days that you can hear me say, "I'm going to stab someone with my scissors!" (Just to be clear, I would never really stab anyone with my scissors. I just like the shock value of the way it sounds. Really. I wouldn't. I might be tempted. But, I wouldn't.) This is where my friend and co-worker, Nita, comes in.

If I ever have the scissors gripped in my hand ready to stab someone, or standing on the ledge threatening to jump, I know I can go down to her office first and spew the annoyance de jour to her and she will talk me down and make me laugh. And, boy do we laugh. Y'all would look at us like we were crazy if you only knew.

There were some snarky sayings I wanted to write on her drawing but they didn't have a positive spin to them and only the two of would understand the hilarity of it so I refrained and settled on what I like to do best with Nita: Laugh Like Crazy!

Her friendship and her insight have been so helpful to me over the last ten years and I don't know that I would have gotten through the last five without her. I might have really stabbed someone with my scissors! (No,no. I told you I would never really do that.)

She has been a gift to me in this office and I completely appreciate her in so many ways that words will never be able to express.

This is my gift. I give it to you.