Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Colored Pencil Angel Collage

Paintings for the Riverview Gallery
Back to my comfort zone - collage.

Striving to keep it simple, I am using gallery wrapped canvas for the support - my own original colored pencil art for collage and just a few collage papers, sheets of music, tissue paper and hand made paper cuttings. I've even planned to keep my palette to a minimum.

My first set of collages are of angels. You can see there are two angel drawings, the second collage did not make the cut.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paintings for the Riverview Gallery

Mini Collages on 4 x 4 gallery wrapped canvases.
The cows are prints from my original art.
Added more collage and acrylic paint with the cow.
The sides were painted and antique music paper was added.
On the back I added a bingo card, cut a little door
that when opened, you see a face.

I think these little square boxy canvases are
meant to sit on a surface rather than hang.
That's why I decorate the entire canvas - front & back.

For added decoration, I added a wire beaded handle,
which could also be used for hanging -
but the cows are already floating,
don't you think hanging would be a bit too much?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dancing Ducks in Colored Pencils

An interruption to my painting agenda - an Illustration request. My neighborhood, Forest Lakes, 
is hosting a fund-raising dinner dance.
I am doing the illustrations for the ticket and posters.

The name of the event is:
Moonlight Dinner Dance - so what could be more appropriate than Fred Astair ducks dancing
against the moon!

The fund raiser is to help save our lakes, so I drew border art with some of the critters who live in our water.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The end of the Sketchbook Journal

The last page of the Sketchbook/Journal.
Finished it with a pretty girl with white hair
I love to draw white hair.
I left the white space be white space
The little colored pencil sketch on black paper is a technique I wanted to try.
I was sure I would lose the sketch, so I taped it on this page.
No significance.

Not sure where to go from here.
I'd like to start another sketchbook - maybe with collages
But, before I play - I must work -
My Riverview Gallery contract requires some new work
So - new work it must be . . . .

Here are two pretty girls who spent some time at the Riverview Gallery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sketchbook Journal page Purses and bags

One last ball point pen drawing
for the sketcbook.

I've been asked so many time - "why did you put feet on that, or eyes, or hands."

My answer, "Do I want to draw a purse or a pile of purses - just purses?"
"No - so boring! But - do I want to put teeth and lips on that purse?"
"Yes Yes Yes"
Because it's interesting and fun. Does there have to be a better reason than that?

Art can often be a "self-portrait" - a glimpse into the
person behind the brush.
oops! did I divulge too much?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sketchbook Journal Cat page

While I had the Watercolors out
I thought I would attempt another
color sketch.

I'm sure the idea of these cats belongs to someone else. If I remember correctly in the original art the cats had plumbing on their insides. I apologize for borrowing your idea. My intention was not to copy or steal.

"We borrow from each other,
learn from each other,
and in the end we all grow."
~ Mary Kuilema 
So - It is nearly time to put this sketchbook down for good. It has taken on a life of its own and possessed me. Even if I think of a good idea for a painting, I can't make it to the studio. Instead I gravitate to the sketchbook. I carry it around with me, never leaving it out of my sight.
I have immortalized the Sketchbook in this blog and shared it with whoever might pass by hoping to bring closure to this process. It has taken nearly a year of my life to get this far and even as I write this, I am thinking of more things I could draw in this book.
Am I crazy?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sketchbook Teapot page

My Sketchbook is nearly full,
and I feel like I need a little color.
Something different, something fluid.
Something I am not used to working with . . .
a Challenge . . .


All watercolor - nothing else - no colored pencils!
Goodness that was difficult.
They just cry out for colored pencils!
I'm sure to some of you these teapots look familiar.
And they are exactly what you think they are.
But since they are one of my favorite Xmas ornaments
I'll draw them and paint them - because the are my favorites!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sketchbook - Journal page

I have many sketchgook pages like this one
I tape pictures of things that inspire and interest me -
a plant with leaves reaching like fingers -
a pile od old book, etc.
Sometimes I enhance the picture
by adding my own drawings
And always I add notes about things I want to remember.
On this page I wrote the names of artists
who have caught my attention during this year.

Linda Sommer

Debi Watson

Brett Greiman

John Morra

Brenda York

Maina Dieul

Susan Boulet

Rima Staines:

Brian Atyeo

Mackenzie Thorpe

Graciela Rodo Boulanger

Anna Carll

Jerome Gastaldi

Stephen Quiller

Jamie Gildrow

Cynthis Hellyer

Hollie Castain

Mark Ryden

Mark Brown

Scott Musgrove

Julie Speed

just to name a few . . .


   Merry Christmas