Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lens Eye Woman in Winter Trees

drawing in progress
A new drawing finished this evening.  

Happy Holidays from Us and the Pony

No, we didn't trade Nate in for a little pony, he was just not available for the photo so we grabbed the closest thing...thought nobody would notice.  :)

It's been a wonderful year full of new experiences.  In July we moved into our first home in Donnelly and it has been so amazing to live in such nice, big house and a beautiful location.  Nate is mending very well from his accident last spring and Jack is growing like a weed, running, climbing and speaking in his own language.

We wish everyone a beautiful holiday season.
November 2010-Brant, Adri & Jack with "Mini Joy" pony.
Nate enjoying the water and sunshine at Secesh this summer. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Saddest Chippendale

Jack buddy had a couple Halloween costumes this year... He was a cowboy sheriff by day and a male dancer by night.  But a sad one, as you can see.  It just pays the bills.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Autumn Makes Me Sick...

homesick that is.  When I lived in Kansas for grad school I would miss Idaho, specifically the family farm, immensely.  And now, living in Idaho, during the fall I miss Kansas like crazy.  Something about the season turns me to mush and I get really sentimental and teary.  I remember making my commute to Lawrence when we were in Kansas, crying part of the way.  It was during one fall that I worked on a photo postcard project in a little town called Desoto Kansas.  I spotted the most beautiful old home and asked the owner if I could shoot images with his home in the background.  He said yes and also gave us a tour of the restored home, which was amazingly generous of him.  This produced a collection I call "Writing Home: A Postcard Project."  I remember that time in my life so fondly and maybe that's part of what makes fall feel just right.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Change is Good

Today is my last day at my current job.  (I say current because I seem to be changing employment quite regularly)  I've been working as a manager of a storage unit in our small town for almost 5 months and when a new owner bought the business, he decided to use a 24 hour kiosk rather than a human.  I actually don't blame him,  I think as a customer it makes sense.  (And I love gadgets)  It has just been a good, sensible job because it's full time AND I can take my 14 month old son along.

So....goodbye day job.  I'm actually excited for this change.  Winter is here and I hope to work in the studio, apply to some shows, visit family, ski a lot, and take some part time hours with my friends at The Fogglifter Cafe in McCall.  (I love that place!)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Camera Faced Man with Winter Trees, 2010

detail, Camera Faced Man with Trees, 2010
Hatched ink and charcoal. Inspired by a photograph I bought a while back. The tree limbs were fantastic and I had to spend some time with them. I'm now working on the next drawing along this line. Somehow these camera mechanisms sneak in as I draw, merging themselves into faces, etc. I keep coming back to the idea of the head being a camera...just a dark box imaging the world as it goes by. Being a photographer, I instinctively look at the composition of things and my drawings reflect this automatic 'camera eye.' I also see that with the convenience of digital cameras, phones, etc., people are facially connected to a lens almost constantly...recording the world in mind and machine. But what if the earliest cameras, the large and cumbersome ones had been so common in daily life? That's where I'm headed...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Art & Fear

Just finished reading Art & Fear again...last time I read it was over 10 years ago and I have to say, after 10+ years of being an art maker, the book made MUCH more sense this time. Thanks guys! I feel cheered on and inspired!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Go Suck on a Wet Sock

Today it arrived...that shitty part of winter that nobody likes. It's sneaky. The sun is out, and the sky is clear, but there is the most horrible icey wind. The renegade long parts of my bangs are dangling in my face because that stupid wind loosened them from the shorter ones. Jack doesn't like being indoors all day and when I let him loose outside, he dashed to the nearest puddle and came back shreiking in pain from the cold socks and shoes. I have him back in the office now and just noticed that he was sucking the water out of his wet sock like we all used to do with the wash cloth in the tub.

Ah winter with a toddler. What a change.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stippled ink drawings 2007-present

Some small stippled ink drawings I committed myself to after finishing my MFA.

New Website for Adri Meckel images

Please note that my website has changed to

Best to you!

Image from "Plain or Peanut" 2005 video by Adri Meckel

Tuesday, March 9, 2010