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Some photos of recent work! Though I did realize today that I don’t have documentation of my drawings. Updates on the website are in the works! Happy holidays everyone!

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Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

Oil on canvas and panel, 36" x  48"

Oil on canvas and panel, 36″ x 48″

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Graphite Powder, Gouache, Ink on paper. 18″ x 24″ sheets

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Graphite and Oil on Panel. 36″ x 48″

Current works in progress.

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Everything except that square in the middle is covered with graphite powder now. Just didn't get a good photo.

Everything except that square in the middle is covered with graphite powder now. Didn’t get a good photo though.

Also, I should mentioned that i’m in Washington (state!) right now visit my sister and her husband. I would love any recommendations for place to eat or go! Anyway, I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday!

2013 was a good one in the books.

Onwards now to 2014!

Heartbreak

Work is very veerrrry addictive right now.

These have happened:

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Graphite Powder, Acrylic on Canvas, 60″ x 48″

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Acrylic, Graphite Powder and Graphite Crayon, 30″ x 30″

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Installation of four panels (48″ x 48″ each) covered with acrylic and graphite powder. The beam is drawn on with graphite crayon.

Better photos of these and other work I haven’t been able to photograph will be on my website next month!

These have been breaking my heart:

Eva Hesse’s life and work. Read Sol Lewitt’s letter to her! Click here!

Photos of the mass graves in the Philippines and hearing that there hasn’t been a way for people to find out about who is missing and who is dead. I can’t even…

Be back soon.

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Home. Work.

In the middle of doing homework. Yes, I started school and I’m in Los Angeles. Quite happy to say that. Posting photos of recent work. More in progress (even at this very moment!). I love it and it’s exciting and it makes me so happy. Aren’t I entitled to at least that?

I’ll take better photos when they go up on the website. Be forgiving haha.

50, Graphite, 22" x 30", 2013

50, Graphite, 22″ x 30″

a study for bigger work, recycled water bottles, 5.5" x 6.5"

(a study for bigger work), recycled water bottles, 5.5″ x 6.5″

(study for larger work) Graphite powder, Elmer's Glue, Fixative and hairspray 22" x 30"

(study for larger work)
Graphite powder, Elmer’s Glue, Fixative and hairspray
22″ x 30″

An Ode to Balanchine Liquid Graphite, Sumi Ink and Watercolor 22" x 30"

An Ode to Balanchine
Liquid Graphite, Sumi Ink, and Watercolor
22″ x 30″

Wow, that last one is a really bad photo. I’ll get those better photos up soon!

Everything’s that’s around here is made out of the same material, but there is another thing, it’s very important that it’s not made of the material. You see it’s made of something but it doesn’t belong to this world. You see the real world is not here.    –George Balanchine

Happy weekend everyone!

 

Excited. Onwards now.

 

Ill Wills

I’m bedridden and have been on cold medicine all day. I’m hoping a day in bed will be well worth the recovery. I’m being optimistic. Rare, though it shouldn’t be. My only recent drawing. (should I get up and go take a quick photo… should I go mount that sheet of parchment to start a new drawing… for my own mental health, yes.)

(For Crying Out Loud) work in progress

(For Crying Out Loud) work in progress

parchment

parchment

Done and done. That took way too long. Excuse the yellowness of the photos. The light in my room is very yellow and very annoying. Well the NyQuill is really kicking in now.

Onwards.

A Lovely Eve

Tonight (7/10/13) is the eve of making my art website public and I am very excited. Trying to keep a cool exterior, but really, i’m squealing like a little girl inside.  DearLightYoung will continue to be my blog because I would hate to just abandon it, while finished work will go on my portfolio website. Though managing multiple platforms is a bit cumbersome, virb (I love them!) has made it pretty easy for me to keep everything linked and whatnot so i’m not worried! I’m just way too sentimental about this blog. It was just two years ago (almost to the date actually!) that I started this blog with the hopes that it would keep me accountable to always keep sketching, keep making, and at some point during my day to make it in front of some kind of pen and paper no matter what filled my schedule.

So visit my artwork at cararaejoven.com when you can. It was awesome to knock out a project like this on my to-do list. It’s a big one! And it makes me so happy to be making art that i’m proud enough to show as a portfolio. That’s a big deal for me. As I continue to move forward, more is happening. And though all that’s happening requires so much hard-work and so much patience, i’m happy to be moving forward and without a doubt, I wouldn’t have it any other way. And it makes me so happy to be able to say that.

And because I can’t let a post go without any sort of visual, here’s a detail shot of MagnificentThe full and finished work is on my website.

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Magnificent (detail)

This head is actually completely different from the progress shot in my previous post. Yay for not messing her up! Phew!

Anyway, is it too late in the night for good nights? Never really right? Okay time to sleep. Starting to talk to myself. Have a lovely rest of the week! Visit my new site! Working on getting prints made! Those are in the works!

Onwards, everyone.

A Moment Ago

February feels like a long time ago. A House ago. A Wedding ago. A couple of trips ago. A portfolio ago. It’s been two trips to SoCal — to home. It’s been my giving my little sister away at her wedding. It’s been gaining a new brother. It’s been busy but it was all pretty damn beautiful. I have to admit, being back in northern California is a little tough coming from all that is my home in SoCal. I’ve been a little reluctant to get back in my chair and back to work.

Anyway, just a few images of things finished and in progress.

The Swelling, Oil, 22" x 28", 2013

The Swelling, Oil, 22″ x 28″, 2013

Affinity, Sumi Ink, 22" x 30", 2013

Affinity, Sumi Ink, 22″ x 30″, 2013

Magnificent (in progress)

Magnificent (in progress)

That drawing of the girl is undergoing revisions right now. I hope I don’t screw her up!

In other news, a few evenings ago I was researching website designs and I randomly came across this graduation speech on a website. Quite a tangent, but it’s pretty awesome.

I hope this finds you all well.

Onwards now.

Fall Apart. Fall Into Place.

Greetings from the West Coast! Flew in just this past week. I’m currently in the bay area, but even as I sit and write this, I am surrounded by moving boxes and my undone book shelf. Another move is in the works and of course I don’t know for how long. Despite the turmoil, I know everything will fall into place, like it always has.

I wanted to wait to finish some other works in progress before I posted an update, but I haven’t posted anything since November and it is now 2013. So I thought this would be better than nothing. This little drawing is about 3×5 inches. It started as a “I can’t sleep doodle” and turned into something I worked on anytime I was on the subway. I should credit the subway’s hum and roar for contributing to this drawing. My heart aches for New York every time I think of it.

Light

Light

Have a lovely rest of the week! Extra love and hugs to my East Coast friends. I miss you already.

Keep hope. Onwards now.

Life Studies

Finished (involuntarily, the pose ended) these pieces last week. We had some excellent models. I wish we could have the models for much longer, but they are living and breathing creatures.

Here’s Cynthia.

Cynthia. 11×14 in. Oil on canvas.

I love painting from life and trying to figure out composition and problem solving color and perspective, but I’m starting to feel like i’m losing creativity when it comes to these paintings from life. Anyway, I have to figure out what to do with that. Here’s Sering.

Sering. 8×11 in. Graphite on Bristol.

Sering was awesome and so interesting to work with. The last day of the pose he told me about a documentary he watched about a filipino jeepney driver. He said he felt really bad for the driver because he works so hard and is so poor. He was talking about how it’s so unfair that we are where we are, while there are other people living like that. Sometimes I don’t know what to say to things like that because I ask the same questions. My dad said that it’s just destiny. I agree. But it is quite unfair. Anyway, I just didn’t want to forget that conversation.

We have a new model in class. She’s a young ballerina. I get no sharpened graphite nor erasers this week. A self imposed rule. My sketch book is a mess.

Other news, Rainer Maria Rilke’s letters have been keeping me up at night. You can actually read all the letters online here. They’re letters he wrote to a young poet that reached out to him asking him for advice about his own work. Ha, i’m totally that kid. I’ve written those emails and had those conversations with other artists and my professors, begging for the answer to my million dollar question, “what do I do with my life?!” Hahaha. I think i’m getting better about not knowing. Ha says the kid. Anyway, no matter what kind of art you make, these letters are worth reading.

“You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” 

Have a lovely rest of the week.

Onwards now.

Eat All Them Birdies

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Oh Thanksgiving. I wish it was easier to teleport to my hometown, or to all my “homes” actually. Everyone who has been able to keep track of everything has a confused look on their face right now because they don’t know which “home” I’m talking about.

Okay, where was I going with this? Ah, Thanksgiving. Yes. Well anyway, someone asked me the other day what I was most thankful for in the past year or so. My answer: all the things that didn’t work out. Are you grinning with me when I say that?

Some things I’ve been working on. Ready? Oh and I have no idea why the photos are uploading with a disgusting yellow light. I refuse to retake them. Lazy. I know.

birthing sketches

Beginning sketches for a concept that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I do have to mention something. The other day (when I was sketching this) my social media feeds were full of letters of love to Justin Van Hoy who passed away recently. I didn’t know him personally, but he is one of the founders of THIS Los Angeles, which is this lovely little gallery that I use to visit in Highland Park. There are no words. Except, CANCER CAN SUCK IT.

Onwards now.

detail on a 22″ x 34″

I finally got some foam core big enough to keep this sheet of paper in. That detail is smaller than my fist. It’s just the beginning!

ink from class

I fooled around with some ink in class after being driven to madness by graphite. That angle of the eye and zygomatic is going to be the death of me. That is all.

Alright. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Double fist those turkey legs and take it solo on the apple pie!

 

Onwards now!

 

 

 

Send Your Well Wishes Eastward

Hello hello! Reporting from New York. I just got back last week, just in time to prep for Hurricane Sandy. I was lucky enough to be staying in Long Island with my Aunt’s family and despite the current loss of electricity (i’m at a Panera across the street. Thank you bread!). We are very blessed to have been safe during the storm. Anyway, even with the power outage, i’ve proceeded to keep busy.

Lino Carving

I’ve taken on the task of making my little sister’s wedding invitation and they include a little print that I made. Hopefully it turns out well. Here’s a test, but the figures are about to undergo revision again because they look weird as silhouettes.

Test Print

And I took a whack at drawing chiaroscuro style the past two nights. Just some charcoal and a candle. I’m just starting to get a handle on charcoal, but it’s not bad for a drawing done in the dark.

Night Vision

Oh and here’s my finished poster study of Antonio Lopez Garcia’s Skinned Rabbit. I went home to San Francisco and found time to paint in between family hangs and wedding dress shopping for my little sister.

My Poor Little Bunny

I can’t wait to get back into the studio. The League’s been closed because of the crane on 57th Street. All my friends have told me it’s dangerously dangling or something. I’m had limited access to the Times since my phone’s been in and out of service so I haven’t seen the reports.

To all the East Coasters, I hope you’re staying safe and staying warm. And salutes, respect, prayers and hope to all the city workers and leaders working their asses off to get the city back into place. New York, always so resilient.

To everyone else (i’m talking to you California), do send your well wishes eastward.

Okay. Have to go! Have to beat the sunset home! Ahh!

 

Onwards now everyone.