So this little gem was drawn by my 6 year old granddaughter and pinned to my studio wall. These eyes have been staring at me for a few months as if to say ‘hey, why not use me in your paintings?’ or ‘you use so many fish how about giving us birds a chance?’ So I’ve been listening and adding a bit more wild life into my work–humans and birds and fish. Covering most bases with an occasional dog making a cameo. I’m learning to always consider new things in my work–careful not to throw myself offtrack–but to think of how an innocent little drawing can breath new life into my work. Thank you Gwendolyn. Love, Grannie.
Here are a few more birds that have made in onto my canvases lately.
Lesson learned: When developing new work, let something new in.
Done as an exercise exploring how to use bold lines to replicate directional lines found in the landscape near my home. The curved line indicates mountains known as the Uncanoonucs. Really just large hills but are what we view from our front yard. Verticals are suggestive of very tall white pines and the foreground verticals are grasses. I am playing with these elements as I consider a series of works that incorporate this kind of abstract line quality. Pencil on paper. 5×7. This is part of the 30 paintings/30 days challenge presented by Leslie Saeta on her blog,http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com
This small format painting is a warmup for a new floral series I am working on for 2015. Bold black lines in acrylic paint define the flower shapes on paper and color was added by layering Neocolor I by Caran D’Arche. 30 paintings in 30 days project presented by Leslie Saeta’s blog, http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/.
Next drawing/painting for the 30/30 Challenge on Leslie Saeta’s blog, an artist/blogger whose work I really admire. This is piece is 5×7 done with Ebony Pencil.
Here’s what happens when hoping for a perfect day turns into hoping for a somewhat not rainy day. And that’s what I got. No sunburn, no bugs, no heatstroke. Instead of whining about the weather, I made the most of the light mist by letting it help me create the inexact lines as I drew with my whittled stick dipped in ink. This approach kept me from being too cautious as I drew the Christian Science Center building and reflecting pool –designed by I. M. Pei–world famous architect. Awestruck. Good thing I didn’t know this before I started. I did a quick pencil sketch in my sketchbook to assess the overall design of my painting. (Each participating artist was working on a square 14×14 format in their choice of medium.) Because the weather was so poor and threatening to downpour at any moment, I got right to work and drew directly with onto my Arches cold press watercolor paper for approximately two hours. A few ducks checked out my progress as I worked next to the beautifully reflecting pond with white caps at times. It appeared the sky would hold off so I added the subtle tones of neutral colors suggesting the stone surfaces and highlighted some of the reflections in the water at the bottom of this drawing. I flicked my brush a couple of times to add the raindrips as a memory of the day. Hope you enjoy my messy, uncommon, friendly view. Art is available at Copley Society of Art in Boston. http://www.copleysociety.org