This blog is my portfolio of artwork, a journal about my process of making art...and the things that I have no words for...


Saturday, May 31, 2008

Slivers of Time

I promised to show my latest effort with photos of my progress...some of them didn't turn out so good, disappointing, but I salvaged what I could...I set up at the dining room table for this adventure, made a big productive mess...

I taped three sheets of Strathmore watercolor paper 18 x 6 to a drawing board, I used lots of water, lots of gouache, watercolor, and acrylic paints, some color pencil, some pastel shavings, pencil sketching, and I shaved some water soluble graphite with my jack knife into puddles of water where it's dark dark dark...makes for a crusty surface...

The cardboard "ring" on the right is from a finished packing tape roll...makes nice circles, either by tracing with a pencil or stamping into paint and twisting it on the paper...

The pesto jars on the left contain the various colors of thinned washes that I have splashed all over...


Day 1
Day 2



Finished

It was fun making three at a time, I didn't really want them to connect like puzzle pieces, I wasn't going for a triptych, (to tell the truth, I wouldn't want to mat such a thing...I can do it, but if I don't have to do it, I won't choose to do it!) Ah-h, "The Triplets"... funny, like children, each one has it's own personality, just as I had hoped they would...



























Sunday, May 25, 2008

Celestial Spring series


A little mixed media fun on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper...this one a delicate pale green...there's a lot going on in there...it started off with a wash of watercolor and gouache, then pencil, more watercolor, gouache, and thinned acrylic splashed about, pastel and graphite shavings saturated with water...more pencil...more splashing...

It's play time...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A delicate touch


The First Saturday in May: Eight Belles, 5/3/08

This is a recent drawing, one of my "big ones" 14 x 11, I really enjoyed making the grays as much as I loved making the velvety blacks...I named it after the 2008 Kentucky Derby...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Remember this?

Once upon a time, I had promised to show you the finished product of this gray colored pencil background that I made, so here's the before...




and finally (I just got around to taking the picture) here's the after...




I never really know where my pencil is going to lead me, but the colored pencil made an interesting surface for graphite to glide, it made natural skips, sharp lines, and the black took on a different tone, I will play some more with this technique again...only on a better quality paper, this sheet really took a beating...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Photography...a portrait of a wild daffodil

I'm slowly coming around to the idea that digital cameras are just as good as the old fashioned cameras that I learned on way back when...even though my new digital camera isn't that fancy, more on the low end...but I intend to have fun with it making pictures of the bits of nature in my yard...

This wild daffodil reminds me of the ones I used to pick for my mother when I was a little girl running around in the back woods getting burdocks caught in the fringe of my poncho...sometimes in my hair...


A bit reminiscent of Georgia O'Keeffe's flowers...


Next to blue, yellow is one of my favorite colors to work with...and this little flower had it all in one delicate package...

Which brings me back to this little watercolor...Stream of Consciousness, Yellow from January of 2006...


And Celestial Spring, March 18, 2007...



And Celestial Spring, II from December 2007...



Yellow...