Friday, March 27, 2015

The rest of the birds; on to the next challenge


Day 12, Robin

It’s spring so I had to include a robin.  Here are the rest of the birds…...

day 13 the sparrowday 14 bird on a wire

day 15 the orioleDay 16, Bonapartes Gull

Day 17, chickadee day 18, tufted titmouseday 19, Michigan Loonday 20, hummingbird

I’m really pleased with how the birds came out; not so thrilled with the still life sketches in a similar sketchbook. This one is only 10 days, after tomorrow I’m half way home.  One thing that has surprised me about these sketchbooks is that watercolor crayon in many cases can be used right on top of the acrylic and show up.

Day 1, a pear Day 2, 2 pear

day 3, wine and bread day 4 more pears

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Bird Challenge & Handmade Sketchbooks

My most recent work has been non-representational and mixed media.   And most recently, I’ve been working on a Challenge my friend Valri Ari threw out on Facebook.  More on that later but here’s today’s piece for the challenge.

Day 11, Lin's shorebird 

The mixed media is a combination of monoprint and collage.  I’m  using more acrylics and one of the things I do when I’m using them is keep an extra sheet of paper next to me that I can use to blot some of the paint off a piece.  I also use the paper to clean my brayer as I’m printing..My intent in using that paper was to create papers for collage.

page for day 2

Enter sketchbooks.  I use a lot of them.  There are always a couple in the studio and I keep one in my purse and in my car.  I thought I would try to make some signatures of my own using the same paper but without anything on it.  The idea being to use the signatures as the sketchbook and eventually putting some of them together into one book.

One of the blogs I follow is Jane Davies.  She is the one who gave me the idea of lifting paint onto a separate sheet and she sometimes puts those sheets together into a handmade sketchbook.  I thought it would be a good way to work out some non-representational ideas so I made a few of those too.

some sketchbooks

A spread in one can end up looking like this….

sketchbook spread

The idea is to connect them somehow or use each page individually. I hadn’t been brave enough to use them until Valri Ari’s bird challenge came along.  The first challenge was birds, 20 in 20 days.  One of my signatures has 20 individual pages so I got brave and decided to give it a shot.  I am loving the results… Here’s the cover of the Bird Challenge…

day 1 the cover

For this one I’m doing individual pages, here are the rest that are done to date..

day 2 owlday 3 cardinal

day 4 crowday 5 female cardinal

day 6 roosterquail, day 7day 8 another owlDay 9, a gull

Day 10, a shorebirdDay 11, Lin's shorebird

You can see that the last two are from a spread that is in the middle. 

I’m looking forward to the next challenge and using another of my signatures.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two Conch Cottages and Two Cherubs

Listen to the Whispers

These little guys will be going to the Gallery Uptown soon.  I may get one more cherub done before I take this one in; then again, maybe not.

The March exhibit at the gallery is Spring Fever and it opens Friday, March 6.  The opening reception is 5:30 to 8 that evening.  These two pieces are going to be in the exhibit.

captains quarters

These two are from Pigeon Key, the Captain’s Quarters and the Maid’s Cottage.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another Shack And A Portrait Start

another shack

This is the preliminary drawing for another mixed media piece.  I’m not certain but I think it’s one of Li Newton’s photos.  I didn’t fine this on my computer, just a copy stuck in one of my sketchbooks so I’m not sure where it came from.  Li is one of my wetcanvas friends and she takes a lot of photos which she shares with wetcanvas participants.  She never fails to post one or two that I fall in love with.

And another portrait.  Not too long ago I posted one that I had started of my mother.  This is it, almost finished….


Today I started one of my aunt, her big sister.  She has been harder to do for several reasons.  First, she was the softer sister, not that she was overweight, just a softer person.  She was also four years older than my mother so I never knew her close to the age she is in the photo.

Aunt M

I’ll have to post this one on facebook to see if my cousins think I’m capturing the image.  One thing that points up the difference between the two women is the tops they are wearing.  Both were expert seamstresses; I know Mother made her blouse and this is her senior picture.  I’d bet Aunt M made hers to and notice the difference in style.  This one has a long way to go but so far I’m happy with it.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Playing A Little More

This morning I did a little experimenting with printing, a monotype print, on fabric.  Here are two views of the maids cottage on Spider Key.  They’re based on the same sketches in my sketchbook that I used the other day but this time on fabric.  More collage items will be stitched to these.

maids cottage angle view on fabricmaids cottage on fabric

Thursday I spent the day making collage papers, here are a few of my favorites….

collage papers

Yesterday I spent the day playing with Thomas the Train and my grandson.  I had to leave him in Grandpa’s care for about 45 minutes.  Evidently Grandpa wasn’t in to playing because when I returned he rushed to me, gave me a big hug saying “Grandma, Grandma, I misseded you sooo much.” Later in the day when I had changed into clothes for the gallery opening last night he looked at me, hands on hips, stern face: ‘You’re not leaving again are you.”  I assured him I wouldn’t be leaving until after he had gone home.  Gotta love that little guy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Productive Day

This afternoon I started some mixed media pieces.  Several weeks back my wetcanvas buddy, Li Newton, posted a Conch Cottage from Spider Key.  I had an opportunity to visit the Key with a group of artists several years back so I dug out my sketch book from that time and here are three of the cottages I sketched.  These are monotypes but will end up as mixed media pieces.  I plan to add collage elements to them.

First, the Captain’s Cottage…

captains cottage print

Just one of the cottages…

conch cottage print

And finally, The Maid’s Cottage

maids cottage print

Before the afternoon session I was stitching.

This morning I worked on a project I started over a year ago…. a quilt/blanket.  I started it as part of a class.  When it was done I decided it need to be bigger since it was going to be a blanket for our bed.  I put it aside but recently got back to it.  Here is the whole thing so far…

quilt in process 1

And some of the newest blocks, a wonky 12 patch,

quilt in proces 3 wonky

and a stack and wack that I may not use

quilt in process 4

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesday Morning At The Museum

I paint with a group on Tuesday mornings.  This morning we were at the Historical Museum and one of the displays had so many choices for little paintings.  I did this little sketch of one of the items, didn’t plan well because I only got one of the pair on the page.


Actually, I took so long sketching the first moccasin that there wasn’t time to do the second one anyway.  I took lots of photos of other possibilities, including some potential abstracts.  Still have to download those so I can’t post.

The dailies for January are done; I know myself well enough to know I’m not going to get one done every day for the rest of the year but I do something daily:paint, sketch, draw, stitch, make some collage papers, gelli plate printing so many different things. I’d love to be able to zero in on one like so many do but I have accepted that it just isn’t me. 

Grandma always said “Jack of all trades, master of none.”  I’ve decided I am a master at being a Jack of all trades and I can live with that.