Friday, March 27, 2015

SMALL PRINTS



A couple of small (5 x 7 inches) prints using a cutout of a bird as a resist and stencil...

Day and Night Birds


I might add a bit more to both of these.




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MORE PRINTMAKING FUN



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

SUNDAY MORNING VISITORS


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

ALMOST THERE



Just a few more touches and this one will be finished.  Much better than the first effort!  

Fourth sheet (11 x 15 inches), Fabriano Artistico 140# watercolor paper.  

Field of Dreams





Put in a hint of hills in the background and lifted a bit of the tree shape...

Done.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CROW FEATHER



Added a little to this initial print to make it something more.  A fake crow feather glued on after tinting the blue down a bit with bone black acrylic paint (transparent), and using the fake feather to stamp some areas on top and bottom.  


On Strathmore printmaking paper, 5 x 7 inches.


Crow Dreaming 




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

AND A HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY TO YOU






A bit of green for St. Patrick's Day...



Not sure what I'm going to do with these prints - maybe just make cards from them.











Both of these are on 5 x 7 inch Strathmore printmaking paper.




Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Don't drink too much green beer.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

GOT PRINTS?


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...

Crow Mandalas










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

A GOOD IDEA DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN A GOOD PAINTING




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...




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ART SUPPLIES FOR SPRING



Using my birthday gift cards from Dick Blick and Cheap Joe's, I ordered some new art supplies.  

This should get me started on new and interesting fun things this spring or before.  The snow is finally melting with temperatures above 32F for more than two days in a row = YAY!