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09-12-2001, 09:11 PM
I know some of you out there vented or focused your feelings about what happened into your art. J* figured it would be good to see them all in one place. I don't mind starting it, put your feelings on the page here.

For this I was up all night last night and on an hour and a half of sleep (I think) I've finished this painting from a free association drawing I did watching TV yesterday (that's all I did; draw and watch). It's rough, I just wanted to get it all out, don't ask me wht it means exactly.
24x24" Oil on Canvas

09-12-2001, 10:02 PM
Hi Zotma,

re: your post "up all night last night ... free association drawing I did watching TV yesterday :crying: (that's all I did; draw and watch)".

This is quite an interesting (!) response to 'watching'!

I do like it - 'fluid', quite 'kinetic', 'surreal' > they're floating, falling??! ... certainly 'feminine' (!! -subjects & mood) .. I think it's great!

At this time though, I am still trying to make the **connections .. :rolleyes: > the visual to the information which was input. Very interesting response. :)
(re: your post "don't ask me what it **means exactly")

You did quite a bit in one night!!!

09-12-2001, 10:16 PM
Hee hee, I don't really 'watch' TV ever. It's on a lot.
as for the visuals; I'm getting it as I go along, the nudes convey vulnerability, they don't have control (heads covered). All but the two at the bottom are linked (how humans are) and those that aren't, aren't doing so well, isolated. There are structures suggested. What came out was an image that the viewer had to finish on their own, my own emotions are infused but not blatent.

I've got the piece in critiques for comments (sorry 'bout the double post), I'm hoping others will post their art from the events here!

09-12-2001, 10:51 PM

here is mine not finished yet - I sit and draw - and think - went to bed last night got up because this was in my dreams - If you are not familiar with New York it is the Brooklyn Bridge and the tall building is the Empire State Building. The twin towers would have been in-between. Slightly to the left of the bridge.

09-12-2001, 11:06 PM
here's a sketch I did, I'll post the painting later ...


Susan Seidman
09-12-2001, 11:44 PM
Can't think of anything but what has happened over the past two days. Here is my middle of the night catharsis. I wish there was something i could do.


09-13-2001, 12:45 AM
:) re: Zotma > "don't have control"

> now it comes together! The structures I did recognize. They are very much like the real ones - the compostion is great.

:) Hi miss mouse

..although you mentioned it not being finished as yet?
It's odd, but when I look at it, it's almost as if the smoke,
& what it resresents (!!) is more 'over powering' anyway, than the 'fragile man' made buildings.

:) Hi J*

Interesting concept - the face on that building is a very strong (!!) message! And he was 'there' with them .. the terrorists, in spirit , wasn't he?

:) And Susan your own just came in
> so haunting the two .. with dust on their faces, in the middle of what?!! Chaos .. The heaviness of your day surrounds them

(Zotma? have you noticed that others have really started posting?! ;0)

Bye 4 now - off to bed ;)

09-13-2001, 03:59 AM
i canīt say how much i admire the strength of all this work. zotma, i keep thinking of your lighthouse. it rises up into a place that is hard to reach right now. i havenīt painted but i keep a book everyday and i forced myself to this. looking at it now i see a snake being attacked. for me, snakes are a sign of life. so into my book of life i had to paint death and it is really unbearable.

09-13-2001, 05:19 AM
What other or better way for the fine artists at this site to express thier grief. Thanks for sharing these. I'll be working on mine tomorrow, thanks to this thread. It may very well be a powerful step towards healing.

09-13-2001, 06:02 AM

Please think about an international internet, online art exhibition where we all send in images protesting about the carnage and stupidity of all that has to do with terrorism...what do you think?

If you would like to send an international visual protest by doing the above
please send me your email messages to fez@iinet.net.au and I will take it from there. I can advertise it in Australia as well as on the net (my husband can start a web page) and if we get as many artists as we can doing this and advertising it to all the art sites and friends they can think of - what a wonderful, visually powerful thing it will be...
let me know and I will reply in due course.

cheers julie fearns pheasant

09-13-2001, 12:42 PM
intense to see the art to say the least, thank you all for sharing.
I agree with what Cheryl said and I'm looking forward to seeing more expressions of this, I think it does help.

09-13-2001, 03:08 PM

09-13-2001, 03:55 PM
and I am especially moved by Zotma's & Jeanette's paintings but I have too much anger to paint. All I can think about now its what needs to be done.

09-13-2001, 04:22 PM
Cindy - paint it helps to release - we teach the children to paint what they feel. So this is how I feel ....
Everyone - I started something on the proj page it might be easier to view all the works there.

09-13-2001, 04:29 PM
project page is a good idea (though 'project' feels like a light term), I'd like to see them all in one gallery. Thanks! And thanks everyone for posting and expressing your feelings.

09-13-2001, 04:49 PM
This is probably going to sound really gross and weird... well. Maybe not to some of you who've seen my sculpture before.

After I went to donate blood the other day, I went home, peeled off the bandage, and let a little more of the blood drip into a small glass vial.

After it dries, I'll make the glass vial into the abdomen of one of my insect sculptures. And that's the same blood that will probably be helping one of the injured people, soon enough. Blood and steel wings, flight, it all kind of ties together in my mind... When I'm all done I'll have this as a kind of testament to that day's events, and the days that followed, and the people.

I guess I just feel like I have to make something directly connected. It makes everything more real, somehow.

-=- Jen [img src="http://www.beware-of-art.com/artist/personal/tinyheads/blood_droplet.gif"] de la Cruz

09-13-2001, 04:59 PM
Originally posted by ZOTMA
project page is a good idea (though 'project' feels like a light term), I'd like to see them all in one gallery. Thanks! And thanks everyone for posting and expressing your feelings.

I agree

09-13-2001, 05:34 PM
Unable to paint right now. I have changed the first page of my site and my tinyhead, in sign of mourning.


09-13-2001, 05:47 PM
no problem with not painting, nothing wrong with that

the vile-insect sends very interesting and apt. Good idea (not gross to me).

09-13-2001, 07:21 PM
It's great to see everyone's art here, and the project is a great idea. I've signed up and posted a couple sketches, even though I don't usually sketch.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing these meaningful pieces, and a special thanks to Miss Mouse. Your post and comments about art therapy in the watercolour forum inspired me to try sketching out my thoughts last night.

I still have one sketch in my head that won't come out yet. It's a Canadian flag hugging/ helping a crumpled American flag. I hope it will come out soon so I can show y'all.

09-13-2001, 07:31 PM
Haven't felt like doing art since, but today this illustration poured out.

09-13-2001, 07:52 PM
((((HUGZ))))) and friendship

09-13-2001, 08:34 PM
"Tears"..although I created this image a long time ago...it captures my feelings this week....

09-13-2001, 08:43 PM
I remember this one (and like it a lot)
seems appropriate

09-13-2001, 08:47 PM
I can't stop crying long enough to see the brush. MY recent painting "apricots" sold to the sister of someone who worked at the WTC. It is a gift for this person. Thank God he is alive...but he has been evacuated from his apartment and the painting stays with me until then. I want to write something on the back...something about hope...and gratitude and I just can't find the words because it all seems so terribly bizarre and horrible.

09-14-2001, 03:46 AM
yes exactly.
I am very very serious about the idea of an online gallery to represent
'protest against injustice' - a safer way to represent our feelings. We will be seen as something /people with something to say/feel if we come under the a
aucpicious of a gallery with a voice. Anti terrorism art is too limiting. There are so many things we need to say.
Where I am based we had a fellow called Martin Bryant go into a quiet peaceful tourist villiage in Port Arthur and kill families. It devastated Australians equally- regardless of it's scale compared to the horrors you have had in your lovely country. That's why we understand or are at least in
heart with you all regarding this tragedy.
When I talked about us running a gallery against terrorism I meant an
overall, encompassing gallery of protest against anti peace.
The Beatles had a sit in, the artists had posters protesting war and racism in the 60's, Goya protested in his way as did Kathe Kollwitz so beautifully.
I'm a phillistine when it comes to technology and sometimes it comes between keeping families together and united (computer obsession)
but why not use it in a form that speaks and holds our thoughts suspended for others to see? Please email me (fez@iinet.net.au) or just here if you would like to be part of it...any ideas, visually, professionally and legally would be fabulous and welcome.

09-14-2001, 04:20 AM
done this while watching the destruction of human lives....


09-14-2001, 08:18 AM
how do u write whats in your heart at this point in history. I was sitting doodling and found myself drawing this. I call it twisted heart cause its hurting so much it has no more tears to shed nor more blood to give instead it is at breaking point but still with in its heart is its loved one so badly missed. I do hope that when you send in our drawings as aprotest you will include mine.

forever thinking of you guys


09-14-2001, 05:18 PM

09-14-2001, 10:14 PM
this is great thread.. and i am more than willing to post on it .. but my scanner has spazzed out . so as soon as i get it up and going ill post everything that i have been doing since this all began :crying:

09-15-2001, 12:14 AM
thanks again for your incredible posts everyone, I think that people who aren't members can't see the project galleries, right (or can they, it always asks me to log in)? so post here so that everyone can see and then post in project to have them all viewable in one place if you'd like.

09-15-2001, 05:32 AM
I posted this in watercolours the day after the terrible events in America,some body said to post it in this forum,it's called America reborn,and I've dedicated to the people of America,and all my American friends,I was painting at the time these atrocities started.My prayers and thoughts are with you ,I was thinking of the tide 's cleansing action,and the process of healing and rebuilding.Alan

09-16-2001, 02:27 AM
Great idea Zotma. A wonderful place to put our emotions.
All mine have been coming out so dark since this began. From peppers to landscapes. I don't think this dark mood will be lifting any time soon.
Here's my latest one that went flat and dark and stiff.. many of the things I feel. The jpg doesn't show well, but there's a bird eating out of the boy's hand. Peace, love, awe,... and right behind them unawares the plane is about to hit the building while the other one prepares for the circle. I guess I tried to capture "A Moment in Time", that split second of carefree joy before the reality of how cruel certain individuals hits.

09-16-2001, 08:49 AM
Sorry, I took it out because of a Copyright issue...


09-16-2001, 09:27 AM
Thank you for this thread.

09-16-2001, 12:10 PM
I was able to draw this morning, 6:30-9:00. This is what came out.

09-16-2001, 12:40 PM
canīt say what is all destroyed, but I think, to paint helps a bit
C:\Eigene Dateien\Eigene Bilder\2001_09_16\9.11.fürwc.jpg

09-16-2001, 03:00 PM
for some reason, out off all the images of horror I've seen since that awful day this is one that has stuck in my head... I was watching a channel, I can't remember which now...there was a very quick image of a firefighter walking thru the rubble, and he stepped over a small rag doll lying in the dust ....
I can't explain why....but it is the image i see when I close my eyes...

this is my rendition of a fleeting image, it does not do justice to how strongly this image effected me...and I can't explain why ....

To the firefighters, police officers, emergency workers, and people who lost there lives in this horror.....my heart breaks......to those who survive their lost ones...my heart goes out .

09-16-2001, 04:06 PM
posted it in the drawing forum.

09-16-2001, 04:56 PM
oops. I went to update with a clearer picture and I clicked the wrong doodad. The shattered focal point and focus reflects my onw.

09-16-2001, 05:36 PM
"Terror In New York City"



09-16-2001, 05:38 PM
And Friday's painting, started after the 3 minutes silence here at 11am.

I don't know exactly who he is, but I hope he is watching over you all and filling you with strength.





09-17-2001, 08:03 PM
Here are my sketches from the project so far:
(This is the Calgary skyline.)


09-18-2001, 12:03 AM
Forget me not
12 x 17 (A3) on canvas sheet.
mixed media.
In memorial: September 11, 2001.

09-18-2001, 10:16 PM

Been a week before I could pick up my pencils. This is from the front page of our newspaper, a lady at the NYSE, and my contribution. This is what we all must do....


09-19-2001, 06:35 PM
My seven year old daughter came home with this today. Since it was a rainy day, they were given free time to draw or color instead of having P.E.
She choose to do this drawing.
I am limiting her TV time and we have talked a lot about the tragedy, but obviously it is still on her mind.

Here's is Katharine's rendition:

09-20-2001, 01:09 AM

09-23-2001, 04:44 PM

03-11-2002, 02:19 PM
Six months later....

09-11-2002, 12:21 AM
I created this the night of 9/11/01. I needed a way to express the feelings that I was having. Just wanted to add it to the Memoriam forum.



09-11-2002, 12:48 AM
I painted this flower in the end of September, 2001 in the memory of killed . I named it "Phoenix" :Always reborn in the fire, never to vanish...



09-11-2002, 01:32 AM

A self portrait of prayer. A year later, and still beyond words.

09-11-2002, 04:35 AM
The background was created digitally, but the rest is from my head... using 3 references for the uniforms, from pictures of that week... I have mixed feeling about this... but I'm glad I took the time to try...

(also a quick color version of this... )


09-11-2002, 07:19 AM
I painted this from several pictures shown on the news ,

09-11-2002, 12:15 PM
I didn't finish this for months, but I posted it before the forum closed. NOW I see the correct thread.

09-11-2002, 06:06 PM
Such sobering images in this forum.

I painted all day today with the mantra.....

May God Bless all who have suffered loss.

My 9-11 project to commemorate the one year anniversary.

title: On The Wing
size: 11"x10" Arches 140lb cold pressed


09-12-2002, 06:29 PM
I did not do this... and most of you have probably already seen it, but I think it is worth posting. Very touching.

05-06-2010, 02:47 AM
Its fabulous thread. I loved this thread. I am very much fond of art and especially i love freehand designs a lot. I think the best freehand collections are present here. I am very grateful to all the people for giving and presenting enormous collection of art. I am greatly inspired. This my little contribution.

06-09-2010, 07:26 AM

As a new member this is the first thread I looked at. All I can say is *bravo*
What a beautiful and touching tribute to 9/11. I live in NY and my husband works in downtown Manhattan. We were very traumatized by this catastrophe and have been amazed at how soon people forget. (granted not everyone lives in NY but still...)

Thank you for this thread.

06-11-2010, 10:38 AM
All the painting are awesome and have a special message there. I think its a best topic as posted in this forum.


01-05-2011, 04:39 PM
ALL the pictures here are quite touching. Raggedy Ann really stands out as a symbol of how destruction -- of any kind -- affects us all.

A decade later. Ten years. There is still a hole in the city, and a hole in peoples' hearts. Will we ever be whole again? Maybe our children, or our children's children...

I did this -- Remembering -- in Oct.-Nov. 2010.


Urk! Uploading trouble!!

01-05-2011, 06:55 PM
Ahh, it worked. :)

Media: Char-kole and Charcoal on 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock.