Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Stroll through Bowers

Made a little side trip over to Bowers Museum to renew my membership and took a quick sketching trip through the galleries.  I had started this page awhile back when I visited an exhibition from China just doing the hatband for a crown.  Took a spin through the Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands to finish the page.

This is another collaborative piece with M.  He painted the watercolor and I added the pen work.

Both of these are in my
Robert Bateman 5" x 7" Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Zentangle Time

Tangled Expressions is a group that meets once a month to meet up with friends and play with Zentangles.  This is a page in my 5" x 5" Handbook where I combined a few pattern ideas and actually did a little shading too.

This is another page in my 5" x 5" Handbook using a traditional Zentangle set up and some of my favorite tangles.  Looks like those silly Quabogs took over two or three windows!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pushing ink….

My monoprint class students this semester are off and playing so I get a little time to push some ink around as well in class.

I cut a 5.5" square plexi plate and using a water based black crayon I drew some ovals and then added some speedball water based inks.

I think I needed more pressure on the press for this one because my black lines did not release.  No problem I just got out one of my many black pens and add them back in.

Playing around, Playing around, ah, ah, ah, ah, Playing around!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little bird, little bird….

…in the cinnamon tree.  One of many great songs from Man of La Mancha.  Now I'll be humming that all day!

This page came from working with one of my art students.  We played with an 05 micron and drew some little birds and then we added color with Inktense pencils and our water Niji brushes.  It was a great fun day and I will post hers when it is finished.

Robert Bateman 5" x 7" Sketchbook
Pen and Inktense Pencils.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

more collaborative art

Here is M's watercolor with a little of mom's hand in there as well….

…and after the ink was added.  Started this one at lunch and finished last night.  I do have to say these are lots of fun.

Went to lunch the other day with an artist friend and showed her the first collaborative piece and we both saw a space creature in this one right away….

….and sure enough there he was!

5" x 7" Robert Bateman sketchbook
Watercolor and Pen

Monday, February 9, 2015

a little collaboration art……

One night while out to dinner with the family I dug out my sketchbook, small watercolor palette and a Niji watercolor brush and handed them to my 2 1/2 yr. old grandson.  He loved it and did a few pages.  A few weeks later as I was looking at them I decided to get out my pen and play around with his colors….and this is where it went!  Not sure what it is exactly but don't care.  I didn't think to do a before picture but I for have the next pages so I can show you the before and after of our little collaborations.

Robert Bateman 5" x 7" sketchbook
Watercolor and Pen

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Colorful Circuits

A little more play with some abstracts.  I just put my pen to paper and came up with some connected shapes and lines.  It looks like some type of whimsical circuit board to me.  Don't all circuit boards have a few flowers in them?

This one is approx. 6" x 8"
Micron pen and watercolor

As I drew each line I went back over it quickly to make a double line and then I added watercolor.  Where there was a space between the two lines I add a little accent color to give the pieces some dimension.

These two are a little smaller approx. 4" x 5"

Okay, these just make me happy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

More Playing Around

Amoeba? Jellyfish?

It is so funny sometimes when a zentangle becomes something else.  It is kind of like looking at clouds and finding something.  I really like the movement of this one.

5" x 5" Handbook

This one started out as a Sharla exercise at our monthly ZenFriends meeting.  I like the cross hatched background which came about because I was too lazy to fill it in solid black.  Being lazy can be a good thing!

5" x 5" Handbook

I played a little more with the colorful ropes using the Zentangle "hollibaugh" as the pattern for this one.  Playing with these has a very zen quality very similar to the calming "zen" of Zentangles.

5" x 7" in my sketchbook