Finished this gouache painting of Kikoman. I’m very happy with it. The reaction of everyone to it had inspired me to try a new project in “pet portraiture.” My dog has a spinal disease and his healthcare expenses have been astronomical. It seems appropriate that I could raise funds by painting others’ loved animals - seems purposefully full circle in that way.
Started a painting of my partner’s cat, Kikoman, as a gift for him. Its refreshing to paint animals again, as I haven’t had a reason so in a long time. I used to love painting animals when I was younger. Studying conceptual art took that from me, because there was never really a point for me to paint animals outside of for others.
The two most important albums of 2018 for me: “Friends. Lovers. Favorites.” by The HIRS Collective & “I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer” by The Body. Both such beautiful and powerful albums that really influenced my year.
Drew, screen printed, and handmade pocket-sized notebooks (including corner rounding ALL those corners) for my friends and select family for Christmas gifts. The theme was “Plants That Bring You Good Luck.” The plants were a jade plant, lucky bamboo, and basil.
Went on a trip to San Francisco: a highlight was the De Young Museum, where we encountered this piece by Kiki Smith. It was easy to miss, upon seeing the text on the wall we look around for the piece, which was mounted on the extremely high ceiling. It was one of my favorite works of art I saw in San Francisco.