Sunday, June 7, 2009

Meg Kat Studio

Over the weekend I went to sketch the studio of Megan Lee Katauskas. Megan left a comment on my blog stating that she had grown up with many of the landmarks I have been sketching around town and that seeing the sketches has bought back fond memories. I found out she has a fantastic blog called "Imperrfections" which chronicles life here in Orlando. She paints bold images of Hollywood stars that I really like, so I asked if she wouldn't mind if I sat in and sketch while she worked on one of those paintings. She was working on a commissioned portrait the day I stopped by. Rather than use an easel, she simply sits cross legged on the floor on some puzzle piece foam mats. Megan is in constant motion while she works. She wrestles the canvas turning it constantly. Megan often posts vlogs on her blog and she was shooting video and photos of me as I sketched her. You can see the video camera on a large box by the window. The camera is right at the vanishing point in the drawing.
Two weeks ago Megan and her husband, Mathew, had their identities stolen and every last cent was withdrawn from their bank account with Wachovia. Right now Wachovia or Walk-all-over-you, has been saying there is nothing the bank can do to help the couple. They were left with a balance of negative $170 and this morning Mathew had to sell his Wii video game console to help pay the rent. I dropped my computer off at Mathew's Radio Shack on Orange Avenue south of downtown and the tech, Don, has been really helpful. Megan has prints of her Hollywood stars for as little as $25. Quite a good buy.

4 comments:

meg.kat.art said...

Thanks for coming over, Tom! If you ever need to sketch a twitchy fidgety person that makes you sit on the floor, now you know who to call :)


P.S. To clarify, the thief actually left us with a balance of negative $170. But, thanks to the print you bought and some odd jobs Matthew has done, we have some gas in the truck and about $30 in cash.

And now we're about to wisely spend some of it at...Ikea! Breakfast here we come :)

Thor said...

Enjoy the Ikea marathon. I updated the negative $170 copy. I like the weird facial animation you posted, talk about twitchy....
No you were a saint for letting me struggle with my sketch for so long.

dewey chaffee said...

Holy cow, Meg! I am so sorry to hear about your terrible bad luck. I wish you all the best and I will go right over to your blog for a look-see.

polusladkaia said...

A really wonderful sketch, despite the criminal victimization of its subject. Thank you for sharing both the story and your art, making it warmly personal!