A Show at the Bywater Bistro, Rosendale, NY

Most of what I have been drawing has been in preparation for putting work up in the Bywater Bistro in Rosendale, NY. I’m just trying to catch up on documenting what I’ve been working on.

JFogdenAntlers

“Antlers” 2013. Watercolor Ink, Beeswax, Gold Leaf, on Paper

JFogdenNova

“Nova” 2013. Ink on Handmade Paper.

JFogdenRaven

“Raven” 2013. Ink and Pencil on Paper.

JFogdenPine

“Pine” 2013. Beeswax and Oil Pigment on Paper.

JFogdenBearFox

“Flowers in Their Hair I” (L) “Flowers in Their Hair II” 2014. Ink on Mixed Media.

Encaustic Cloud Forest

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This past summer I took a biology/tropical ecology class. We would be spending two weeks in amazing Brazil, studying the ecosystems in the Amazon Rainforest in the state of Amazonas. Before we left, we had some classes briefing us on what we would see. The professor mentioned cloud forests, and something like this image came to my mind. Of course, I think of large pine trees when I envision “forest.” This is that original thought, done in ink, then the paper is dipped in encaustic wax.

In case you were wondering, the actual definition of a cloud forest is, “A cloud forest, also called a fog forest, is a generally tropical or subtropical, evergreen, montane,moist forest characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and vegetation, in which case they are also referred to as mossy forests. Mossy forests usually develop on the saddles of mountains, where moisture introduced by settling clouds is more effectively retained.” (according to Wikipedia)

New Page!

I’m in the process of moving things around and making new pages chronicling old work. I love to hear your feedback, so please don’t think that I deleted posts and responses on purpose. I have a lot to learn when it comes to moving things around on the layout here.

Check out the new page on my thesis work, and I promise I’ll have more stuff up soon!

Spirit Guide Inspiration

Getting back into drawing was not as easy for me as I thought it would be. How is that so? I over think the processes and materials, can’t create a starting point for myself, or my personal favorite … not finishing a drawing or project I started. So as a way to get work out there, I have chosen to work with “a theme” for myself. Obviously, just by scanning previous posts, that theme is nature among some other ideas. My family is Mohawk, and I still find it hard to explain to people what I know, and how I feel as a person that is only part. I have learned from elders from many different nations about the many cultures that encompass Native spirituality. I have realized that the learning process is going to be something that will take a long time. That is why we look to our elders to teach us, rather than the young people, right?

My “Spirit Guide Series” is about the search for finding oneself, finding the knowledge that is sought, and highlighting the beauty of the world around us. The picture below is connected to an article from National Geographic about a beautiful pack of creatures. Seeing them in their home environment would be a dream for me.

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Spirit Guide Series

While this drawing is going to hang out with me for a while before I saw that it is actually completed, it represents a deep connection and lesson that took me a long time to understand. The series will include more sacred animals as I continue to expand.

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A Completed Project

I have always loved the textures and sheen of different papers, and have recently started studies of what paper can do for the eye. This is paper cut out of a European Robin, finished with a line drawing.

The Process:

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Finished:

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It’s Been A While

Thank gosh my computer memorizes my password for this blog … because I didn’t. I know, this is a boring blog, it’s not like there was a “HOLY S*** she’s not updating me!” moment.

BUT after laying in my bed, bored, I’ve decided to draw something everyday. I drew one thing. One day.  Then laid in my bed some more. Went to work, then laid in my bed. You get it. Anyway, I’m going to try to keep this blog updated with what I’m doing. In the cold months, on my days off, I’ll (hopefully) be drawing. Or making. There will be lapses, it seems I have forgotten how to be creative. Come summer I will be boring you with garden pictures and information.

Maybe, I’ll change the name, or just get a new blog entirely. Time shall see. If there are no further updates, you have my permission to unfollow me. (Even if there are updates, and ya don’t dig ’em, you can delete me anyway. May the odds be ever in your favor… I just watched the Hunger Games)