Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Gutter Artist, Lyons Regional Library, Art-4-Art

Facing Down Dragons of the Deep
Title: "What Kind of Day Is This?"
Artist: Damaris O'Trand
a.k.a., The Gutter Artist
Medium: Finetec Water Colors, Germany

What's Done
Is Done
First Day
Last Day
Only Day
Every Day's
A Good Day







Are the wounds too deep?

How many sleepless nights must be embraced before the truth is told?

How to move forward?

Something bad happened, cruel, beyond measure.

Secrets only whispered, but never shared aloud.

Must this be faced alone?

How many silver tears must fall in silence before a frozen heart can be healed or mended?

What must I let go of?

How many deadly dragons remain to be slain before enough blood's shed to satisfy the Gods?

For what am I responsible?

For what must I atone?

Am I at fault?

Can I be blamed for having been taken hostage by circumstances not of my own making?

What am I holding onto?

There's only one sure way to be free of dragons: Accept the gift of being loved and know what's done can't be undone, but a secret once told no longer is one.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Gutter Artist, ATC Swap, Lyons Regional Library

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, says, "Practice, practice, practice."

Title: "Join the Revolution"
Artist: Damaris
Medium: Yarka (Russian) Water Colors
Resources: Tumblr: The Near Sighted Monkey; Book: "The Magic of Mess Painting" by  Virginia Barclay Goldstein (1999); Book: "The Creativity Mobilization Technique" by Wolfgang Lythe (1976); "Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts" by Clive James (2008).

















Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, invites you to join the Lynda Barry Revolution

The Gutter Artist Finds a Side-Kick
This month's ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) are morphing into honoring Lynda Barry, Cartoonist extraordinaire. She is one of the finalists (again) for the Reuben Award, which will be presented to the winner May 26, in Philadelphia, PA. I know I should list the other nominees, but I'll just link to the Comics Super Blog and let you find out for yourself: http://smashpages.net/tag/awards/

Just posting into the void. The Gutter Artist Out.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Damaris, The Gutter Artist, explores "Disco-Very"

Artist Trading Card Swap
Lyons Regional Library
March 17, 2018
Title: "Disco-Very"
Artist: Damaris
Medium: Torn art papers, glue, Willow Paper, 80 lb, on Sienna Cardstock

Text: Zengo from book:
"Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Caligraphy" by Shozo Sato