Time has felt weird to me in the COVID-19 world. Simultaneously standing still but also the months seem to go by so fast it frightens me a bit. In June of 2020 I started creating one series of drawings or paintings per lunar cycle starting on the new moon to help make time feel more organized and structured.
There are no "rules" to the series, but I typically create something throughout the entire lunar cycle corresponding to the phases of the moon. It can take the form of ~9 individual paintings or drawings for each moon phase or a single work that is gradually completed throughout the entire cycle.
I made a total of eight series over an 8 month period from June 2020 to February 2021. Maybe one day I will resume this practice, but currently am taking a break to work on other projects.
I. 6/20/2020 - 7/20/2020
This was the first series comprised of 9 watercolor and ink paintings.
II. 7/20/2020 - 8/18/2020
The moon's fitness journey told in white pen on black paper with pearlescent watercolor shading. This was a really fun series to create.
III. 8/18/2020 - 9/17/2020
Accordion style watercolor and pen work with nine square segments connected into a long row.
IV. 9/17/2020 - 10/16/2020
Inspired by Yayoi Kusama and the apocalyptic orange sky which occurred on 9/9/2020 in the Bay Area. The moon shadows are made with black ink, the color watercolor, and the rest of the details in pen.
V. 10/16/2020 - 11/14/2020: The Confusion of Autumn
Inspired by an unexpected visit to Montana in the fall. Yayoi Kusama influences as well as fall fruits, vegetables, quaking aspen, and a lawn gnome in the front yard of my in-laws house.
VI. 11/14/2020 - 12/14/2020
Watercolor circle backgrounds with black ink and white pen. I don't usually draw people but I'm happy with how this series turned out.
VII. 12/14/2020 - 1/12/2021: Bloom Wherever You're Planted
"Bloom wherever you're planted" is written on a chain-link fence with squares of white duct tape in Potrero Hill, San Francisco. This quote brings to mind the large population of wild parrots in San Francisco.
VIII. 1/12/2021 - 2/11/2021
This is one of my favorite series, but was made during a difficult time for me. It was really therapeutic to make simple line drawings with pencil and concentric pools with watercolor.