Meredith Design

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These pieces are the first I’ve colored since moving to Japan. I might have a few more… if one of my markers hadn’t run out. Haven’t been able to find a place that sells refill cartridges for copics yet. I hope you enjoy my little morsels, though they tend to harbor similar color pallets.

For some more, see me DA account here. Everything looks better with a little white paint ^^.

With love – M

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Actually, I just experienced my first typhoon here in Nanao. It added to a rather lonely feeling weekend, even though I saw friends every day. The one nice thing about loneliness for me is that it tends to get me more motivated with artistic endeavors. In fact, any sort of negative state of mind works well towards this end. And sorry for the lack of posts here. Please check my japan blog if you’re interested in what I’ve been up to in Japan.

My kanzashi supplies are here and I cut some fabric the other day to try with starch I had found here in Japan. Not the right starch. Next I’m gonna pick up some Spray Nori (glue) and maybe another type of starch in a different brand. And I did NOT know that chirimin fabric shrunk so much when made wet. Still excited to make some new pieces and use some wonderfully authentic fabrics.

One thing I can show for my efforts is the sketch below along with a few others on my tumblr and DA sites. I don’t like double posting so sketches go on tumblr and everything that’s at least mildly finished goes on DA. I’m attempting to get into a groove here. After so much running around and seeing all there is to see, now I’ve slowed down to the point where I feel like I’m standing still. Next, I need to find some nice white gel pens and acrylic paint so I can finish a few copic pieces and start on some new ones. I also played with painting with my mouse ( I decided not to bring my wacom because it’s old and unreliable) but it’s difficult and takes a bit longer than with a pen.

I’ve been thinking about looking for some design contests to play with as well. Maybe on DA or elsewhere. Nothing I have to pay to get into, though. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

With love – M

If there is such a thing as watercolor theory, I have no clue how to understand it. I feel like I’m back in school and my smart math friends are telling me about detailed stuff from their physics class in a language I don’t understand. Meanwhile, I’m doing homework for an environmental science class. Anyone who’s had either of those classes should now be nodding their heads. No? Let me explain: Physics is all about the details. I push you, you fall unless something acts to stop you. Cut and dry. Environmental science is for those of us who like the big picture. Idea people, large scale, long term, multiple scenarios/possibilites/outcomes. At least that’s my perception of it all.

Art? It’s a mixed bag but to become a master, you need both. You have to think BIG while paying attention to all those little details or else you’ll fall on your bum quicker than cookies in front of my boyfriend.

But let me not runaway with myself. A quick update, shall we?

Japan- Yes, I’m still going. I should be leaving sometime around the 3rd week in March, do not quote me on that. The tickets are not yet bought and I have not yet been placed. That being said, NO I haven’t a clue where I’ll be yet. Hopefully it will be fabulous and everyone will come visit me. I can dream. And surprise of surprises, I’m actually saving enough money to afford to move over there. Phew. Next!

Kanzashi – Though I’ve paused over that last month for holidays and the sake of my thumbs, I am still making hairpieces. Yes, I am actually selling them to people, which is lovely. Even more lovely when it’s been someone I don’t know. I love new friends. But it’s absolutely been my old friends that have been my strongest supporters. THANKS GUYS!

Well I think that’s enough for now. Maybe I’ll do a thought provoking post soon. Always nice to get those off your chest. Below you’ll find the watercolor piece I had been struggling with, finished. The other image is a work in progress shot.

With love – M

 

Thanks again to Covenant for having me at your bazaar. I had a great time at Faeriecon but I’m sad I wasn’t able to be present at my table for the church’s event. My mom says you were a great host, though, and I look forward to the next time I can join you in a craft venue.

In other news, I have been invited to stay for Sunday as well at St Peter’s in old New Castle. Can’t wait! I’m very optimistic about this event and I hope the church does really well with it.

This just in! New sketches to be had. Fresh off the tumblr. Get ’em while they’re hot. Faeries everywhere! Look out!

With love – M

Imagine that! Not only are some ladies enjoying my hairpieces but I’ve even gotten a few commissions. Yay me! Just kidding, but I’m happy just the same. Below are a few recent pieces. The brown and blue one was supposed to go with her brown hair…that she no longer has haha. Oh well, she wants me to do a second one now so it all works out.

I think I’m finding more and more that when creating a piece for a specific person, if they don’t have certain colors they always go with, get them to show you an outfit they really like. It’s a lot easier to then coordinate with the outfit. The light blue, dark blue, and magenta piece was one such item I made at the last minute to go with a shirt I really like to wear at Otakon 2010. I learned so much making that piece. Trial and error, rinse and repeat. The magenta and aqua piece was my very first attempt at making the wisteria-like dangles. Ha ha ha…that one’s going to forever sit on my shelf as a reminder of things not to do.

With love – M

Plants are one of those things that seem to be a love/hate relationship for me when painting. They can be so beautiful but, in my humble opinion, the devil is in the details. The closer I look, the more I see. The harder I try to recreate it, the more confusing and less beautiful my version of the image becomes. BUT if I ever had to choose between painting a beautiful face or a beautiful plant, I would choose the plant. There’s something about it that can be so other-worldly, so magical.

These images are of a plant piece I just finished today. It’s been sitting in a corner of my room for months. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around all those little details, why they’re so important. What do they really add to the piece? I know, I know, they’re vital to it’s very existence. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have the skill or the patiences to work on one piece for the length required to fit in all those bits.

Watercolor on watercolor paper in 5 hours.

I hope you’re able to enjoy it a little bit anyway. I most certainly enjoyed playing at it.

With love – M

Before you read my quick rant,  ponder for yourself the ridiculousness of this argument and take a little solace from Penny Arcade.

Let’s first debunk art. Art is what exactly? People tell me I’m artistic every single day of my life now. They look at what I create and nod their heads in approval of a social standard. I have reached that level of acceptance by my peers. Am I really making art? Sometimes, sure. Most of the time? No. I’m trying to make a living and just happen to be enjoying the process. How about Michelangelo or DaVinci? Most of us know that some of their most beloved works of ‘art’ were in fact done simply for money and recognition. The purpose of the piece was to awe or inspire, to create traffic in an area that inevitably led to increased profit for someone involved. Some people might call that an advertisement, not ‘art’. Does that mean the “artist’s soul” is put whole heartedly into the work? I don’t think so. It just means it’s art that’s functional. Can you see my love of graphic design starting to peek through? Sorry. I’ll try to cover that up.

Now what about video games? Their soul  purposes are solving a puzzle and monetary gain you say? Let us ponder this further. What was the ultimate purpose of the Sistine Chapel if not to attract visitors into a religious place. But still, it’s final outcome was simply aesthetic in nature. Right? Wrong. It was there to make people think. Think about the awesome power of the Church and of God. Think about creation and existence. Think about the path one is on and whether it is leading them closer to God or farther.

All of this thinking and because of an advertisement for the divine. What game has ever been created that hasn’t forced one to think? I don’t mean just to run some problem solving gears. I mean there are games out there that make us question our existence, our ideologies, our faith, and even our sanity. These games will be different for everyone but if I had to pick one that was just as influential as the Sistine Chapel, I would choose Starcraft. For me, this was a game about learning why choosing sides is pointless. This was the first game I ever played where I was able to play the ‘bad guys’. I’m sure there are other games out there that had done something similar but as a 12 year old, this was ground breaking for my brain. I would loathe the ‘bad guys in the first part the campaign. They were killing my soldiers, of course I was angry with them. Then the second campaign would begin. Wait a second… now I’m not only killing those same soldiers but I want to. By the end of all the back and forth, learning the history and reasons of why each side was fighting, I realized wars don’t make sense. They still don’t make sense over a decade later. Now, I was a smart kid. I knew my history and I made correlations between the conflicts in the game and real conflicts, past and present. I understood the importance of deciding then and there that the only place where wars do any good is in a virtual reality. In art school, I made similar connections. Though maybe not as philosophically or socially profound, I made them nonetheless.

I think that’s enough out of me for now. I could go on and on about how past generations will never fully comprehend the ideas of the next generation or why deciding what is and is not art is downright inhuman but I won’t… not yet. Please don’t think I put this post up to argue with an old man. I did this for me. We should all thank him for making us think critically about the things that really have an affect on us.

With love  – M


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