Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Back to the Project... Sketch of Paula....

I got excuses... lots of 'em... for not doing anything with the pile of books on my drawing table... but now, it's horrible cold out there, everyone is on vacation and now it's just me, my toothache, the pen and the books.

Click on the sketch to make it larger:

Monday, December 14, 2009


Dear Marty and fellow project artists,

Congratulations, your moly_x group proposal was accepted into the Profiling juried exhibit! The jury was excited about your joint sketchbook project and looks forward to seeing the finished work in the exhibit in May. You will be contacted in the next few weeks regarding a possible pairing with TalkingImageConnection.

Please mark your calendars for the important dates below!

Delivery deadline of artwork: April 30, 2010
Exhibition opens: May 6, 2010
Artist Reception and Screening of films: May 9, 2010
Poetry event with TIC: June 20, 2010
Exhibition closes: June 24, 2010
Pick up dates: June 25 – 28, 2010


Robyn Awend

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanks for your help.

With your timely assistance, I was able to get our entry into the Tychman-Shapiro Gallery "Profile" exhibition. We shall see what happens. I am glad that several of us entered the show independently. Good luck.

Thanks again.

Here is the statement that I submitted:


This group of local Jewish artists recently began a portrait exchange under the egis of moly_x: an international moleskine sketchbook exchange. The foundation of this moly_x_portrait group was motivated by the announcement of this exhibition. We are eight artists of varied ages, and artistic experience. We are teachers, illustrators, and recent college graduates. We are female, male, parents, grandparents, married and unmarried. We are artists with diverse artistic styles. We are Jews by birth, and Jews by choice. Some of us are already acquainted, some of us are not. We shall see where this project takes us. When this project is complete we will have, at the very least, made some new friends in the Twin Cities Jewish and arts communities. The hope is that we will come to know each other well, and be positive life long infuences on each other.

Here is how the project works: Each artist has started with a Japanese Fold Moleskine (moly)Pocket sketchbook. Victoria, as an example, has begun her sketchbook by entering a unique collage self-portrait. Now, she must send her moly to the next artist on the list. This artist will enter a portrait of Victoria and a self-portrait, then pass it to the next artist, and so on. The project will be complete when all of the artists have their books returned to them, filled with portraits of themselves and self-portraits of the artists who created them. Each artist gets one month to make a
sketchbook entry. Each entry should be 2-4 pages. The exchange cycle will probably take a year.

Imagine getting this little book in the mail filled with hand crafted images of yourself and images of the artists who made them. When closed, the little Moleskine sketchbook is 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches. The book is 9.5 feet long when unfolded. Each book will be a gift of time and talent. It will be a gift of others’ eorts to consider the kind of person you are. As the title of this exhibition proclaims, our group will explore the Faces of Diversity. Conversely, our group will, in a modest way, also explore how faces of diversity see us, the individuals in this project.

moly_x_portrait is based on a project by Rama Hughes, The Portrait Party. On his blog, Rama encourages folks to pos t their portrait exchanges. This blog delightful. He takes all comers, artists of every stripe. Rama wrote, “When I was younger, my family and I used to have portrait parties. We would congregate in the living room every few months and turn our attention from person to person, drawing everyone in the room. It was such a pleasure and so normal in my life that trading portraits became a regular event when I left for college, when I moved to new towns, when I met new friends or favorite artists. Tommy Kane suggested that it would make a good website, so that's what this is...and you're invited! ” Our group plans to throw a portrait party or two before the project is complete, and you’re invited.

* This is an exhibit of self-portraits. If we are selected to be part of this exhibit, we may discus whether you wish to see the entire books at their current state of completion, or the self-portraits only.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Paula's first entry

I have to give her a call and see if she has anything to say about her art. Bless her heart, she's old school. No innerweb skills.

Don't you just love this picture. What a terrific start. This will inspire some wonderful entries, I'm sure. It will be very interesting to see how the diversity of this group will play out over the length of this project. Thank you all.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hi Portrait party members,

The image on the far left is my portrait of Marty. The image on the left is my self portrait that was put into Marty's book. All my images are drawn on WWII photos with black ink.

The image below is my self portrait to start my book.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

I gave my book a theme "woulda, shoulda, coulda". That'd make a great song title. So Rockabilly.

I always wanted to be a Song Leader at Herzl Camp. Silly maybe. Corny, YES. Do you have any thoughts like that? Please draw one in this book. Thanks.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ken by Vic

One down - on to my self-portrait. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Avidor Self-Portraits

Inside cover and first two pages... (click on sketches to make them bigger).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How do you like me so far?

These are images of me created by various moly_x portrait groups artists. Click on the image to enlarge. You can see the variety of styles and abilities. I think that they all just work together. Foolproof!

I'm Batman.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hello Everyone. Happy New Year.

It's time to get this party started. Lovely way to start the new year, don't you think, making friends and making art? Thank you all for joining this portrait party.

This is how it works:

1. Each person will start with a Moleskine Japanese fold pocket sketchbook. There first entry will be a self portrait (1-2 pages).

You can find these books at Penco, Barnes and noble, Dick Blick, Wet Paint, Art Materials,, and more. The price should be around $10-11. Let me know if you have any trouble getting your hands on one of these books.

2. When your entry is complete, send/deliver your book to the next person on the list (at right). That person will do a portrait of you and a self portrait, then mail your book to the next person, and so on. Your book will be finished and returned to you when each artist in the group has entered a portrait of you and a self portrait. Make sense? Feel free to ask questions.

3. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry. Each entry should be 2-3 pages.

4. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

I was inspired to put this group together after Robyn Awend described an upcoming exhibit at the Sabes JCC. Here is a description of that show:

The Tychman Shapiro Gallery is accepting submissions for Profiling: Exploring the Faces of Diversity within the Jewish Community. In a world where racial and ethnic boundaries are becoming increasingly obscured, this juried exhibit will explore how the American Jewish community is also taking on a new identity. Artists are invited to submit representational or conceptual self-portraits reflecting elements of diversity within their Jewish identity.

This exhibit will examine the changing faces of the Jewish people and explore the layers of diversity that exists within the American Jewish population. Jewish origins include a multitude of languages, nations, tribes, ideologies, skin colors and paths to Judaism.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Including but not limited to painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass and film. The exhibit dates are May 6–June 24, 2010, with a reception on May 9, featuring guest speaker Elinor Ruth Tatum. A reading in response to the exhibit will take place on June 20 with TalkingImageConnection (TIC). TIC is an organization that connects emerging poets and writers with adventurous visual artists and new audiences.

Deadline: November 16, 2009

I propose that we enter this exhibit as a group. We can take all of the first self portraits, have them scanned and printed as one display (TBD). If you wish to enter as an individual artist, as well, you may do so. We should have plenty of time to make our first entries before the deadline. The show isn't until May. There may be as many as five self portraits per person by that time. I think that would make a tremendous display.

Any ?'s or !'s ? Please feel free.

Chag Sameach! Shana Tovah.