I woke up to snow on the roses. I sat there for a few moments watching the cat on the windowsill, watching the birds as they flew to and from the feeder. -Dangerous Combinations Day 3
The idea came to me while lying on a model stand in thigh highs. First the words, “I woke up to snow on the roses” and then the images trickled slowly in to a melody that often flutters through my head. Five women including myself passed through in painted imagery, all of us former addicts, all of us writers.
On this blog you’ll see the process of a project. You’ll see the studies, notes jotted down and acceptances and rejections as they come. Right now I’m doing studies of the girls as seen above. Jess Butler (formerly Tilley) was the overdose prevention coordinator at the Cambridge Needle Exchange. I have known Jess since I was a teenager and throughout our various relationships with drugs we always seemed to find each other. When I wrote my book I dedicated it to her. She is one of my most cherished friends.
They way I handle a painting is by studying the person. I look at them for hours, stalk their facebook pages and look for quirks. I listen to music they like, look over books and art they are fascinated by. And then I create a sketch. The studies being posted are facial studies, so I can get the essence of the person. Later I will do full body studies and start mapping out the altars.
Jess is currently accepting submissions for the second issue of IN VEIN! IDU related artwork, poetry, fiction, prose, harm reduction related articles, rants, etc….
Very early in my life, it was already too late. - Marguerite Duras