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“Untitled” © Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is icon.

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines icon (noun) as:

1. a painting of Jesus Christ or another holy figure, typically in a traditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches. 

2. a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: this iron-jawed icon of American manhood.

I think a humorous depiction of a modern Buddha sort of squeaks by in this category, don’t you…?

“Untitled” (watercolor, pencil)

 

 

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“Untitled” (pen & ink) © Susan Sorrell Hill

So…It’s Summer. It’s HOT. Why not a cool little monster blast from the past…? This one was a self-promo postcard from my freelance graphic artist days, circa 1993. The fellow on the left later became an oil painting, the dragon in the center became a bas relief sculpture, and the rock star on the right became a textile design for fabric. Hope you enjoy these critters! (The Illustration Friday word of the week is funk.)

“Untitled” (pen & ink)

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“Untitled” (watercolor, pen & ink) © Susan Sorrell Hill

You might know, if you’ve followed my work for a while, that before I worked in watercolor, I was an oil painter. A mid-life crisis brought me face to face with the realization that there were things I wanted to do (books) and mediums I wanted to go deeper into (drawing and watercolor) and that there was only so much time left.

I leapt.

But then (and this, I think, is one of the hazards of not working steadily) amongst all of the other chaos happening in my life over the last few years, I found myself back on the fence: watercolor or oils…watercolor or oils? A reasonable person might simply say, “Do both.” or, “It’s a no-brainer…oil is the medium of The Old Masters, and besides, oils sell for far more.” Or, “Choose and get on with it, damnit!”

But the best reasons and arguments haven’t been able to tear me away from my love affair with watercolor and drawing. My own brain and sense of responsibility has been my worst enemy. And a pros and cons list only tells me that the right decision (logically) is the wrong decision for me. Alas.

I’ve wasted a lot of time wrestling with this, and for a person who normally likes to know who I am and where I’m going, it’s been a particular kind of Hell. Truly. The only answer that keeps feeling right is, “Follow your heart. You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.”

“Untitled” (watercolor, pen & ink) About this painting: it’s a sketch on a scrap of watercolor paper, from a possible imagined story. No, it’s nothing to do with anti-this or pro-that. It’s not political, it’s not taking a stand for anything except the joy of “taking a line for a walk.” Please don’t post political comments. They will be deleted.

 

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