Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
On the right is what will probably become our Christmas card this
year. Pen, marker and watercolors.
I sketched two pictures lightly in pencil facing each other as close
to each other (similar to each other, the "same") as I could, then
worked from there on each side.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
I am planning on putting it in the pocket of the Moleskine I am working on for the Moleskine Exchange. Unfortunately, to get it to fit, I have to trim it.
Friday, December 04, 2009
New Piece in Anders Moleskine for the Exchange Group. Those of you who see this "in the flesh" will see that the scanner's idea of color-accuracy is a bit pathetic. Water color, gouache. Click to view larger.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
YAY! My next Moleskine arrived today, Ander's book, woo hoo! I'm so happy! As usual, the pieces are so wonderful to see up close and personal! YAY!
My first piece is a collaboration with Steve Loya. The finished piece is on top and his contribution is shown below. Unfortunately, the scanner didn't get the colors quite right, but I guess I can live with that. It's done with markers, some from Andrea. I discovered, as I'm sure many of the rest of you have, that some markers work MUCH better than others!!!
If you click on these, they will get larger.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
pencils--using only the basic colors (I had no flesh tones or anything
but like basic green, so I tried blending pink orange yellow and
brown. Unfortunately, the subtle tones did not scan well, and the ink
scanned much darker than the pencil. But oh well, here it is.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
A quick sketch from life of BB in the back of the Mole from the last round, which still has a few blank pages. I'd like to be able to do likenesses. Click sketch to enlarge. I'd really like to be able to do likenesses!!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I painted this last night while my out-of-town company sat and talked to BB, PB and me. Since I was at home and not at the studio, I painted the entire thing with one of those tiny pocket palette boxes (Windsor Newton). I didn't have my proper brushes, either. And I couldn't get a fine enough line with the masking fluid for the lightning. Oh well, here it is. It's a storm over a barn in Baldwinsville, NY, where I had to run and run to try to escape the coming storm. I will NOW package and mail the mole to Mike, I hope. Today is BB's birthday and I have a poetry class tonight and the girls (my daughters) just left a little while ago, so it will be tight. But I will try!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Here's my half a sketch for this this round, done in water color. One more to go and then I can mail. My daughters will be here 'til Monday, will do it ASAP! (But don't want to rush it, either.)
These, this set, are the last moles in this "year-round" that everyone will see in person.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I know today is the day to mail, but I just got back from a writing workshop and retreat and have out of town company coming and my son's homecoming is this weekend and he has his girlfriend coming from out of town. So I will be mailing late. I may not be able to do any more
until next week. So sorry.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I'm not sure why I am making all these little sketches, but here they are. This one is called "Going by" and is done in water color on Utrech bristol, 4.5 x 6 inches. I cannot promise to make as many for future moles, as my projects very in intensity and duration, and thus, my available creative time also varies. You'll have to take your chances. The scan is a little darker than the original. Click image to view larger. In Steve Moleskine pocket.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Today is my father's birthday. He died in 1998, but every year on his birthday, to remember him, I make some piece of art. Often, I give it to a family member, but today, I am giving it to Steve, by placing it in his mole pocket.
The first is the original watercolor abstract, Mozart in Heaven, 5 x 8 on Utrech Bristol. In memory of my father, I painted it with a child's Crayola watercolor set.
The second one, Mozart in Heaven Blink, I added a color gradient in the background digitally in Photoshop. (Blink is Blue and Pink). My father loved Mozart--so do I. Click images to view a little larger.
The Cover of the current Aperture Magazine shows an abstract by William Eggleston, a great photographer who also does abstract art with markers. There are images inside of his work, and also on the website, though the ones int he Journal are much bigger. I was wondering if the cover image was digitally manipulated from a white original, and decided to try it with mine. (I don't claim my art is in the same style at all, mine was done in water colors, not markers.) It was just something I was eager to try and Steve gets the results in his pocket.
The title of the piece, Angel Light II, comes from the fact that the abstract reminded me of a many-winged cherubim. Click to view larger.
Friday, September 25, 2009
2)UP, Angel Light. In Steve's pocket for Steve. (On ordinary paper.)
I "copied" the painting on the cover of Barbara Kingsolver's book, Small Wonder. I love Barbara Kingsolver, and have read ALL her books. The art was done by Paul Mirocha. He is much better than I am. I changed the orientation to landscape, and the arrangement of the birds and the detail and coloring of the background, as you will see if you look. Click here and scroll down. While you're there, you migt enjoy some of his other work.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Infinity III: Mirror Mirror, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, for Illustration Friday. When BB and I were in Slovenia, staying in Bled, the elevators had mirrors all around and it looked as if our images went off into infinity. View larger by clicking on image.
I accidentally posted the wrong link the first time and didn't know how to undo it. So sorry. :-(
This is a quick sketch, brand new tonight.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
not scan well, so I was attempting to fix it in photoshop and art
rage, but I've decided it probably isn't a good candidate for that. I
like it on paper (A4 size [8.5 x 11]), but no matter how I try to fix
it on-line, it doesn't look the same as it does on paper. It's a
water color background with an oil flower, which gives it texture and
depth, but that doesn't translate well to digital imaging.