Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Artist of the Week: Mckaylah Dekay

This week's featured artist is Mckaylah Dekay.  She just finished her first drawing and is planning her next project.  The next challenge is to create an original idea by combining something contemporary with something ancient.  Her sketchbook (bottom) is a great example of how artists work:  generating multiple approaches and then choosing the one you like best.  The text below is Mckaylah's own words about her art.

Medusa (2015), sketchbook pages

Pelican on the Bay (2015), pencil
"This is a 13.5 by 13.5 inch drawing.  It is based on a photograph I took while on vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The drawing depicts the silhouette of a pelican perched on a wooden post on the bay. In the background you can see masts from docked yachts and sailboats. The sky is gloomy, but doesn't detract from the focal point.  This picture reminds me of good memories with my amazing family as we spend a day on the bay."
"To me, art is something everybody can do. Every artist has a reason why they do what they do. Me? I make art because art is the only way to truly express myself without limit. Art is  a way to relate to others as well as get a sense of pride when you've created something so beautiful straight from your imagination." 

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