Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Getting Ready for Painter/Photographer Exhibit

I worked out drawings a few weeks ago.  This week I finally started to work on the paintings.  The drawings were transferred to the watercolor paper and a wash of color was poured over both pieces that I’m thinking of entering.  These are the two drawings….

day 12 more buoystwo in the harbor

I did the transfer drawing so light that after the first pour I couldn’t see it anymore so I spent the morning untangling those buoy lines.  I was finally able to put the first mask on this afternoon.  Now to dry and do another pouting of paint.

bunch of buoys wip

Same problem with the second one, tomorrow I will have to find all of those buildings again. 

2 in the harbor wip

There is a fine line between having the drawing too dark causing the graphite to mix with the paint making a mess and have the drawing so light that it gets lost when paint is applied.  Time to get back in the groove of doing this type of painting because I do love watching the colors mingle.

Friday, October 16, 2015

More of the Challenge & Some Therapy

I was behind but caught up with my dailies… Here are a few more of them….

day 6 house day 7 sage

day 8 a door day 10 gargoyle

day 11 angelday 12 more buoys

day 13 millpointe park wde boat

adventist church door

The color one was done with pen, ink and watercolor. 

And the therapy… I spent yesterday afternoon making acrylic skins… only because I love watching the colors mingle.  Here are two that are simply black and white, one with a bit of gold.

skin, b and w  skin, blk and white only

I will probably use these for collage, then again, maybe not.  We shall see

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Challenge and more on Etsy

day 5 pumpkin

I’m a day behind on the pen and ink challenge but I plan to catch up tomorrow.  Today has been a play date with my grandson.

I’ve also posted more of my daily sketches on my Etsy site.  This is one of them,,,

door in provance

More of the pen and ink coming when I catch up…

Saturday, October 3, 2015

An October Pen and Ink Challenge

10 3 buoys

This is day 3 of an October pen and ink challenge, one pen and ink drawing every day.  Here’s a link to the challenge if you’re interested in participating. This is my day 3 and the most complex one I’ve done to date.

This one is from a photo by a photographer friend, Ed Post.  He and I are participating in an exhibit in December – the artist paints the photographers photo.  This one isn’t going to be the painting I don’t think, there is another more complex one that I really like and plan to see what I can do to simplify it.

My usual practice is to do a careful pencil drawing first to work out what stays, what goes and where the values are.  When I finish that drawing I’ll post it, meanwhile here is 2 of the challenge

10.2 on the beach

Day 1 was a flower and I lost it somewhere in cyberspace.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Some things have to go


Some of you know, I do daily (almost) sketches.  They are piling up so I decided it’s time for some of them to go away.  Some will go in the  Etsy Store I’ve opened and some will go in the recycle pile. 

Prices for those in the Etsy Store are $5 or $10 depending on size and time.  They’re quick sketches as is, no mat, no frame.  Check it out, here’s a link to my store.

The recycle ones will get a coat of gesso and a new sketch.  I hate the idea of wasting good paper.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Delivering My ArtWalk pieces

I’ll be delivering my work today, a day early.on harbor island

This one isn’t official but if there is room at Calico Cat “On Harbor Island” will be there along with “Artisan Gallery” …Artisan Gallery small… which is my mixed media piece.  If there isn’t room Harbor Island will go to the gallery uptown.Echos of a Sacred Past

Echoes of a Sacred Past will be at J. Morgan Ltd.  Due to a mix-up this one won’t be in the program but it’s in the painting category and will be at J. Morgan.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Almost Ready

Next week Art Walk opens here in Grand Haven.  I have entered in two categories, painting and mixed media.  The painting has been done, just needs a title and then photographed and framed.

This morning I finished the mixed media piece…

Artisan Gallery small

It’s a monoprint with collage added but this time I did a little experimenting.  I added some copper, the door.  To hold it in place I used industrial strength double sided tape, a carpet tack for a door handle and small nails opposite the door handle and to add an accent to the window,  It’s small, just 8’' x 8”.  The framed is 1 and 7/8th” deep so it can either sit on a shelf or hang on a wall.  It will be at Calico Cat along with another piece that isn’t officially part of Art Walk.  The price is $95.00

I’ll post the other one here when it’s finished.