Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The colors in this make me think of spring.
8 x 10 inches Strathmore printmaking paper, fluid acrylics and stamps.
Another one that turned out to have some interesting shapes and colors. It might look better and more organic turned on its side...
This one made me think of circus performers...
At the Circus
Strathmore printmaking paper
8 x 10 inches
Tried to make some acrylic skins a la Traci Bautista, but as soon as I pulled one off the sheet, it stuck to itself and was ruined :( Must be a trick to it to get it to pull off without sticking to itself immediately.
Monday, March 23, 2015
These two were just stopping by to say hello and munch on the grass now fully uncovered and growing. Both as still as statues as I aimed the camera from the deck to get a good shot.
When the snow was 10 inches deep, 6 deer came up the hill to the neighbor's feeders (which all hang down onto his back garden), raised up on their hind legs and grabbed a bit of food from the bird feeders. Poor things, they were hungry. But strange to look at at dusk and see 6 deer walking and running up and down the hill just past our fenceline.
Hiding in plain sight, the Coopers Hawk hangs around, watching all the birds coming and going around the neighborhood feeders. Raptors gotta eat, too.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
I pulled out my new printmaking supplies and, using Golden Fluid Acrylics (I seem to have a lot of those although rarely use them), I started doing some prints...on the small Strathmore Printmaking Paper (400 Series), 5 x 7 inches and 8 x 10 inches. Using the inking palette, I inked up the palette and then pressed in some stamps I'd created from cutting out the thin foam pieces I bought, incising them with the embossing tools. Fun! But you have to have a theme so I did ovals and circles...
When you get tired of one color scheme, you can change it up on the inking palette and keep going.
This is an overview of all I did and you can see some of the stamps I made in the upper right corners of the photos.
Here's one of my favorites so far - a small (5 x 7 inch) print on the Strathmore printmaking paper.
Purple Circles Print
And another of my favorites on 5 x 7 paper - of a crow I carved into a Blick ready-cut plate (4 x 6 inches). This was carved during a Myrna Wacknov workshop way back when...
I don't really know enough about printmaking to know what I'm doing - but Traci Bautista has a Strathmore Online Workshop going on right now and you can probably still sign up - it's free and she knows lots about lots (I think she's obsessed with printmaking and printmaking materials, even saving her 2-ply paper towels she uses to get up all the extra paint = wasting nothing). I, too, could get really involved in this, but always return to my best love = watercolor (and you can make monoprints from watercolor, too, using the paint thickly or using the watercolor crayons).
Friday, March 13, 2015
Sometimes you have this idea and you can't wait to try to get it on paper. Then you think, "How am I going to do this part?" Without thinking more, you plunge ahead...
And realize you should have spent more time thinking!
This is a long skinny piece (11 x 30 inches) and I just drizzled the background colors down while having this tacked to my cork board behind my table. So far, so good. Then I wanted the black feather in there. Hmmm...not great. Too solid and not much depth and can you even tell it's a feather?
So maybe what it needs is a lighter touch on the feather and some drizzles away from it - but turn it another way to drizzle?
And still not quite right but getting closer to what I was thinking about when I started...
Letting this one dry and then...well, who knows? Right now, I'm not crazy about the lines and maybe should soften and blur all that more? Or it may be too late for this one - so could do another and try a different strategy...