By Maria Cristina Fridenstine
(Del Rosario) '75
"Eddie's Frog " from her Frog Series
"Onion and Chile" from her Ristra &
My drawings are another form
of my chronic doodling, a habit born of a short attention
span. Sketching with pen and pencil was a hobby until I
discovered the drawing tool in Microsoft Word more than
a year ago. After that, drawing became even more fun. The
tool's color palate has provided almost instant gratification
to my hunger to color.
I consider this, my most recent
artistic endeavor, as old-fashioned sketching using non-traditional
tools: a monitor, a mouse, and an inkjet printer. No clip-art,
photos, previously existing scanned prints or other graphics
software were used to add to or form my compositions. While
I have pursued no serious training in art, I am strongly
influenced by the works of Van Gogh, Gaugin and just about
every illustrator of children's books.
My previous work in counseling
college students and teaching writing seminars about symbolism
in fairy tales provides the character to most drawings.