Thursday, April 18, 2019

Colors and Pen and Ink

The top four feather pieces are exactly that, four pieces of two feathers.  It is a thin plastic stencil you combine to make two whole feathers.  I decided to use it as a whole stencil.  The large feather at the bottom is a real feather.  The squiggly lines in the background are a sgraffito technique I learned from Jane Davies.

I then decided to go back into the dry print with some pen and ink work with some outlines and details.

7.5" x 9.5"
Pen and Ink

I'm not sure but I think this might have been a quick little demo of some techniques in class.

Once again that little black pen seems to have appeared and taken over the print.  In the end I think this will make four very nice laminated book marks.

5" x 7"
Pen and Ink

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Last of the Sketchbook Project

Here are the last of the pages for the Sketchbook Project.  I sent it off and received an email saying they have received it!  Hooray!!

I really enjoyed this venture into colors, textures and patterns.

Not only did images using the dots of bubble wrap and the nettings or holes of the netting continue to emerge but also I seemed to enjoy adding a curling undulating line to the pages.

The final page and inside back cover of the book……a few more feathers for good luck!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sketchbook Project Pages

…more pages….
This is the back of the front cover and the first page of the sketchbook.

A new perspective on a cityscape?

It was very fun to go back into these pages of color, texture and pattern with the black pen and bring out the story of the page.

More Sketchbook Project

More pages from the Sketchbook Project.  I have two more pages left in the book and then it's off to Brooklyn and then back to California for the Spring Sketchbook Tour.

I've decided on a title:
"…and the black pen"

That is what fell into place when I decided to go back into each page with my black pen.

More to come…….

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sketchbook Project

I got an email from the Brooklyn Art Library about another edition of the Sketchbook Project. This time it was for California artist and a California tour before resting in New York.

Well, sounded like I qualified so I signed up…..and now I just have to finish!

I must say the paper was fairly thin and any watercolor bled through and the pages became very wrinkled.  So I switched gears and used my water based print inks and just rolled on layers of colors.
You can see the smooth left side and the wrinkled right side where I had applied watercolor to the other side of that page.

After getting a few pages layered I decide I would go into each page with black pen and make that the theme of the sketchbook.  This one went a little crazy but who doesn't need a little crazy in their life.

These are double spread pages.
Pages are 5" x 7"

Monday, December 17, 2018

Happy Holidays

Oh my goodness I have been neglectful of my blog.  Next year I will try to be better and post more fun things on a regular basis now that my wrist is at my new normal.
In the meantime I wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Slowly Getting Back in the Game

Well, I'm slowly coming back or I should say my wrist and hand are. It's slow progress but the operative word here is progress.  Getting back into my art with some Zentangles. This one I did while booth sitting for a friend at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.

 …and this one was also done at the Festival.  It was great fun to be in this great artistic venue with Music, Art and lots of friendly people who were fun to interact and chat with.

I finished one last little window on this one which I had started a while ago in my new book.

Rick's Paradox is the first page in that new book.  It looks complicated but is a really good warm up to letting the ink flow with repetitive movement.

All of these pages are in my Aquabee  6" x 6" Super Deluxe Mixed Media Book.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Still out of play but….

Well, I've been out of play since May.  Needed another surgery on my wrist for some ligament damage….stay vertical people!  This time I had a cast up over my elbow for immobility and healing so I got a lot of reading done.

Anyway…. I found I had a couple of things I hadn't posted so here they are.

This little 5.5" square print was watercolor painted onto a plexi plate which I let dry before printing. I then went back in with pen.  I got to a place where I really liked it and then went too far and didn't like it.  So I figured if I was going I might as well go all the way and now I love it!  I'm naming this one "Kimonos".

This is the last of my 5.5" x 14" series that I was able to work on before my little break.  Not to say it is the last in the series as I have more waiting in the flat files.

I also chose to add a little bit of white accents to this piece for a little sparkle.

I can't wait until I can get back to really working on art.  The big cast is off and I'm back in the split but my elbow is free to help hold big pieces in place while my pen find the wandering trail!