Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Another face jug from the wonderful exhibition Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th Century South Carolina at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

 

This is one of the smaller face jugs. Bug Eyes!

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Another crazy face jug from Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Yes, it’s ears really are that far forward. Apart from the ears this one is creepy because there are no pupils indicated. There’s something disturbing about the completely dead stare this one has, like a dead fish.

This drawing kind of got away from me as far as scale, that’s why the ears are a little cropped on the sides. It’s a challenge to make a drawing that can only be 152 pixels wide. The ears in the drawing are not that far off; they are lopsided on the jug. That’s okay, my ears are not perfectly level either.

Since my most popular post to date has been about weeds I thought I would post some more weed drawings. Ya’ gotta give the people what they want.

I’ve got no idea what this is.

The ever persistent dandelion.

Another face jug from Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina. My good friend Mike Mikulay did another excellent job of designing this exhibition for the Chipstone Foundation. The wall of face jugs is especially impressive.

I tried shading this drawing by stippling it in MS Paint, but it kind of looks like the face jug has 5 o’clock shadow.

Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina opened at the Milwaukee Art Museum last week. I took a short break from work and drew two of the face jugs today. I haven’t read all of the information for the exhibition yet but apparently scholars think these jugs were made by slaves in a very specific area of South Carolina (That may be of interest to one of our dedicated blog followers). I really like these objects and am looking forward to learning more about them. It’s a beautiful exhibition and definitely worth visiting.

 

 

The daffodils were early and stayed longer than usual but, sadly, are now over.

 

A vase of dead daffodils by the back window.