Graphite & Ink

BY LAURA E. FlORES

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The Unfortunate Case of Art, Science and Innovations

Posted on May 10, 2016

It’s been two years since Pearl closed, and I barely learned of it today (in 2016!) after deciding to check out their website to see what’s up. I had the pleasure of visiting their famous store in New York in my early 20′s and I was in awe of Pearl, their name really embodies this historical landmark’s essence. Pearl was not just any art supply store, they were an experience, a multi-store artistic journey into the heart of creating. I am saddened by these already “old news”, and as an art education major on the borderline of finishing my studies, I can’t help but think on the broader implications of the slow disappearance of art in our communities. As highlighted in an article by Hannah…

Paper People

Posted on March 14, 2016

Take a good look at my paper heart And tear it apart Did you read what was written on there? Or did you throw it away without care? This ink beneath these paper grooves Is only for the jokers in the court and village fools Erase every story and line I ever made Let it all just fade Carve your name on my soul stone hard And leave it scarred Did you see what was engraved on there? Or did you crush it without care? This blood inside these veins Is only for the living dead and deadly insane Infect every cell I parted from heavenly grace and fell…

A Graphite Selfie #2016: A Snapshot into the Drawing Process

Posted on February 1, 2016

There’s nothing like waiting for a delivery with a 5 hour window at home, right, so after two cups of coffee and some brisk, caffeine induced pacing in front of the living room window, I grabbed a notebook and did some practice with contour lines. Well, for a minute, got bored, and turned the page. Result:   So there. My contribution to the plethora of selfies on the internet. Not too bad for someone, who hasn’t practiced in a while, I suppose. Sketching with graphite is kind of like carving a statue, moulding objects (and subjects) out of nothingness that is a white paper. A few lines are drawn here and there, fingers hold a pencil that hovers over the paper, draws invisible lines…

My Shoebox Under the Bed : Sketches

Posted on January 14, 2016

Shoeboxes are wonderful for collecting all sorts of things. The illustrations (doodles) in my sketch books represent a medley of thoughts, kind of like knick knacks kept in shoeboxes, various items that hold symbolic value and memories… Except that my knick knacks are made out of ink and graphite. Here are a few of them, I will be updating the sketches section under images page with more of these mental trinkets.

Crete: A Portrait of an Island in Crisis.

Posted on October 16, 2015

I visited Crete this September for a week with my husband. These are some of the pictures I took, portraying a land of great beauty, and recently economic devastation.

The First of November: A Day for the Dead.

Posted on November 1, 2014

This morning has been one big Disney movie so far. I was taking in these sights and then out of the blue… I hear 20 swans fly over head in formation. My jaw is still somewhere on the forest floor.     I spent a good half an hour transfixed on the view, breathing in the crisp air and listening in on the forest around the lake. The sound of winter is beginning to echo there. It’s bittersweet standing at the edge of winter, the memories of summer begin to fade as frost and snow kiss the landscape ever so gently. A medley of pictures played as I stood there, some faded, some more colorful than the actual reality behind them. A good time to…

I, gamer.

Posted on September 20, 2014

This is me. At age… I don’t even remember anymore, but the gaming system my dad gave me for a Christmas present is forever imprinted in my memories: Nintendo Entertainment System. The developers certainly nailed the name. My favorite was Super Mario Bros, I mean, hands down. No need to explain that. A close second was DuckTales, where you played as Scrooge and bounced around on your cane while collecting diamonds to make a rich duck even richer. Good to teach the moral values to the kids early on. Tossing ponies and barbies (and a bunch of boy toys like Ninja Turtle action figures… which are freaking dolls btw) in the corner for an interactive experience with a piece of tech was easy peasy lemon…

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