An Evolving Life.  Freak Flag.

An Evolving Life. Freak Flag.

Freak Flag

Since 2016, I’ve been studying life drawing by attending classes and an open studio with a model at the Southampton Cultural Center. For the first two years, it was quite a struggle just to put the body parts in the right place and in the right proportion.

About six months ago, I felt that I had progressed enough to start experimenting. Not that my drawings were perfect, far from it, but they were good enough to start having some fun.

Since I gravitate to shapes and patterns in my photography, I found myself doing the same with my artwork. First I created a cross-hatch technique that I call the Fishnet. To date, I’ve completed at least a dozen and continue to produce more and more in new variations.

Then a few months later, I developed a bolder, freer style on black that I call Sacred Monsters. Although the title seems to be controversial in view of the MeToo movement, I’m sticking with it since they look rather freakish and reveal an inner emotional turmoil we all experience at times. Both of these styles can be seen on my Instagram account where I post my progress.

Recently, I’ve ventured even further. By literally pushing outside the lines, I’m creating anthropomorphic creatures I couldn’t have imagined just a few weeks ago.

From the start, I longed to know where all this work was leading, why I have become obsessed with drawing, then painting, especially the figure.  Slowly, the answer has emerged and with this one I was rewarded for my patience. 

It seems that it’s time to let my inner fears, passions, wants and needs out, in other words to let my freak flag fly.

So as I suggested in my first post here on Hummingbird, if there’s an inner voice nudging you in a new direction, off your well-beaten path, don’t ignore it, just listen and learn....

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Freak Flag.


Warm Seas.     An Evolving Life  is a Hummingbird series in which Meryl Spiegel shares her journey to become the creative person that was hidden within herself for so long. Meryl chose this image,   Warm Seas,   from her  SPLASH  series, to represent  An Evolving Life.

Warm Seas.

An Evolving Life is a Hummingbird series in which Meryl Spiegel shares her journey to become the creative person that was hidden within herself for so long. Meryl chose this image, Warm Seas, from her SPLASH series, to represent An Evolving Life.

Editor's Note

I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years.  We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for.  I also knew her as a writer.  Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work.  When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process.  They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too.  In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights.  Sandra Novick

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