Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
I haven't drawn with charcoal in forever, but found this pencil and gave it a try in a Moleskine sketchbook.
I love the intensity of the black but not the sound the pencil makes--a draggy scraping instead of (in comparison) the silent and soothing flow of water media.
It's funny what little thing can make a difference to my creative process.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I pulled out the water-soluble Tom Bow markers and filled a lot of pages with generalized forms, then colored them in to experiment with applying water over the strokes.
I love the intensity of the colors and the blendings. Here, any resemblance to the cat is accidental.
TB markers and water on 90# Canson paper.
Friday, March 10, 2006
I did a bunch of plant paintings in the Moleskine, using the paper's resistance to create texture in the leaves.
This one turned out with less texture in the leaves, but with more interesting flowers.
Zooming in . . . waiting for things to bloom on the page takes a lot of patient tending.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
I paste these little scrap doodles in my regular journal to provide some colorful breaks in the text.
It's art as an everyday activity to brighten my historical chronicle--vaguely like a medieval illustrated manuscript. Very vaguely.
Tech pen and colored pencil on w/c background.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I did this as a background to an ink drawing, but the more I looked at it, the less I wanted to add anything.
Now I see a human shape in there, approaching with knee and foot up on the left side, swinging arm on the right side, and a round head. (Kind of a snout nose.) See him?
(And later, on a different monitor, I saw a left-looking profile.) Told you I had cabin fever!
Acrylics and pastels on Moleskine.
Monday, March 06, 2006
An aeriel view of the cat enjoying breakfast, one of the few times he stays still long enough for me to capture his contours.
The closest paper to grab happened to be 140# Canson in a 6.8 spiral pad. What a joy to flow on the paint easily--better paper is SO worth it!
I also had the time to use the good paint and mix my own brown from Daniel Smith quinacridone burnt orange and hooker's green. Just to put this simple moment on paper makes me feel like I've made a step forward in painting.