Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hear Me Roar

Watercolor batik on rice paper

While going through some old photos, I found this batik from 2008.  It was originally the size of a half sheet of watercolor paper, but I eventually cropped it because it seemed as if the lion's head was just floating in the middle of the painting.  There was a problem with the values (tones), but I didn't know how to fix it at the time.

I found a couple of nice lion references yesterday and decided to try something new (for me).  Here are two small paintings done with a technique using water-soluble gouache as a resist (like masking fluid or frisket) with waterproof India ink on Arches 140# / 300 gm cold pressed watercolor paper.

These are fun to do because the final step involves covering the entire painting with the black ink, letting it dry, and then putting the painting under running water to remove bits of the ink.

Here is a very short YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YY7aDO6OCQ

Here is a written tutorial:  http://emptyeasel.com/2010/06/18/the-wild-and-adventurous-gouache-and-india-ink-technique/.

Hope to try it again later this week with different subject matter and some color.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Back to Normal

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.32cmX25.4cm)

Things are starting to get back to normal. 

For the last two weeks, my husband Tim has been out of town visiting family and friends in Michigan.  He is coming home tonight.

Cobie is feeling better, too.  Soon, he will be back in the routine of going on
 long morning and evening walks around the neighborhood 
and spending lazy afternoons in the backyard.  
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In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with short winters and long seasons of spring and autumn.

In our yard, the daffodils have finished blooming, the tulips are here and the rhododendrons are ready to pop.

Last fall, Tim constructed a cold frame as an experiment to see if we could grow some greens during the winter months when we get occasional frost and snow. 

The veggies were placed in grow bags filled with good soil.  We planted arugula (rocket), swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, bok choy and garlic.

The frame was then covered with greenhouse plastic and held in place with staples and large rocks.

The experiment worked.  I took this photo of the lettuce yesterday.  We have been harvesting the outer leaves from the same plants once or twice a week all season long. 

We had good success with the other greens, too. 

There is lots of room in the rear yard to expand the veggie garden.

We are looking forward to spending the first summer here in our new home.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Day 100

Rain gear for Cobie's bandages:  a poop bag, a slap bracelet and washi tape.

Cobie has had a rough week with visits to the veterinarian, sometimes every day, to have his bandage changed.  His vet was unable to suture the surgical wound completely closed, so it has to be professionally dressed.   It's been very traumatic for him, but he has stopped limping and everyone is happy about that.  We're hoping the bandages come off next week.
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In the meantime, I received an order of black glossy card stock.  Beautiful alcohol ink art has been done on this paper, but I still can't figure out exactly how to do what I want to do.

alcohol ink background on black card stock for mixed media (did lots of these), white ink on black card stock, watercolor on photo paper (the flip side)

Also, over the weekend, I received the final two postcards from Liberate Your Art swap members.

Below:  from artist Madeleine Jones

Below: from photographer and Liberate Your Art host Kat Sloma

Today, April 10, is the 100th day of the year 2018.  
Where did those days go?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thank You

A sincere thank you to everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Cobie.  

The good news, of course, is that he is still with us.  The bad news is that the vet removed a nasty tumor, his front dew claw (digit) and a newly discovered cracked molar.

He's had a rough few days.  Tim has had to carry him around (outside and back to the vet for bandage changes).  We've been with him 24/7; our daughter even sleeps on the floor with him.   

With the worst behind us, we are all very relieved.

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And then two postcards appeared in the mail, both brightening our weekend.

The first is from Texas artist Sharon Lane.  
You can find Sharon at twistylane.blogspot.com.

"Nine Lives," Mixed Media on Index Card, artist Sharon Lane

The next postcard is from German artist Heidrun Siebeneicker.
You can find Heidrun at www.heidrun7eicker.de.

"Paper Cut Heroes," artist Heidrun Siebeneicker

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Not much artwork done lately, but here is a peek at the sketchbook:  a two value lion done with a thick Sharpie marker and an elephant drawn with a charcoal pencil.

And again,
 thank you very much for your heartfelt comments and prayers for Cobie.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Resort to Alcohol (Ink)

A routine trip to the veterinarian at the beginning of the week has turned into a nightmare. 

Our sweet labrador Cobie is having surgery tomorrow to remove a soft tissue sarcoma (the vet thinks) from his left leg.  

Please hope for the best for my boy...
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In the meantime, swirling translucent alcohol ink on Yupo paper has been a nice diversion.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Postcards and Patterns

These are the first two postcards I received thru the mail in the postcard swap.
Photos don't do them justice.  They are really beautiful!

Photographer Lisa Comperry - Texas
You can see more of Lisa's work on her website:  wanderingshutterfly.com.

Jane Ross - Rainy Day Sunshine 2018 - Digital Manipulation
Jane's link is unavailable.

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Watercolor batik on rice paper

The batik here is a little different from how I normally do them.

 I found a free online pattern & printed it on regular photocopy paper.  The pattern was then covered with wax paper and rice paper & was ready to go.

 It was quick and fun - nice for a change.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Liberate More Art

Well, its back to the sketchbook before planning some paintings.  I like drawing anything with a face.

My husband Tim taught me to place guide marks on drawings to help with proportions and placement of features.

  For some reason, I forget that when the head is tilted, the eyes and the mouth have to be tilted in the SAME direction.   Sounds so basic, but I always want to straighten out the mouth and then wonder why the drawing looks off.  Guide marks remind me to stop doing that (so does Tim).

Here are a few of Tim's paintings that were done from live models:

Mickie / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

Mountain Man / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

The Traveler / oil on canvas - artist Tim Lally

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Here are a few more beautiful "helper" postcards I received at Kat Sloma's studio with the Liberate Your Art 2018 swap.

Artist Beverly Leeck / Instagram: @bjleeck

Artist Margea Silva

Artist Gloria (sorry, unknown last name)/ instagram:goldeglo

Artist Karen E. Johnson - no link

Artist Janice Darby on trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com

Can't wait to get one through the mail.