Sunday, June 15, 2014

But This Came First

9" x 12" watercolor on paper

She's been on the floor for a few days (I'm neither very organized or very neat.) and sort of half kicked under the easel. I had started her before deciding to scrap it and work up a second painting of Cassidy at her graduation from FIT(The second version being my last post, the hot press disappointment/lesson in art materials.)

This one happened quickly and messily and you know what? It's a lot fresher and nicer than the belabored one. I think I may go back into it for a few small fixes and try to KEEP IT to a few small fixes to keep it light and snappy.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hot Press Hot Mess

10" x 10" watercolor on paper
This was an experiment in frustration: shiny smooth hot press paper! Never again. (Of course, times in the past I've said "never again," and again has come, and it hasn't been all bad.) But...

The paint didn't want to stay on the paper. When it did, it pooled in the "wrong" places. Argh. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

portrait practice

Because if I'm going to be staring intently at a face
in order to make a portrait study,
it might as well be a face that's easy on the eyes.

Yes--a bit of fanart. Watercolor, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Game of Logos

I've been working up a logo for our farm, which was instigated by my step-son's auction "win" of a website setup. The woodcut look has always been a favorite of mine, so I sketched out some ideas and carved this one from a couple of small Soft Cut blocks. 

It was not the consensus of those involved that this was a winner, but I like it (the cleaned-up version, which this is not) and I can imagine printing it on a T shirt, maybe. Someday.

Here's the version of the barn that I actually prefer, and subbed in at one point. It's lighter, so color could be layered under the black.

I started watching Game of Thrones.

I watch very, very little TV, to the point that I have been seriously considering dropping the super-basic TV package from my internet-phone-television package to save money. (More on this topic in a "coming soon" post!) I did read the first book of this series a long time ago, and I've been hearing about it for ages, and it turned out I could request it, a season at a time through inter-library loan...

It's not really a waste of time if I keep my sketchbook on my lap and use it as a reason to practice drawing, is it!?