It's been a month of lows and highs. The whole summer feels as if it's gotten away from me, but then, it's hard to know when summer begins in Vermont. May might be hotter than June, and there may be days in July that feel like autumn. Today, for instance. I have a summer cold, too, which is now headed for a third week. It just hasn't been a very artistic summer. That will all change in a couple of weeks, however…meanwhile, here are a couple more watercolors with quotes.
It seemed like it would never make it, but ready or not, spring has appeared. I know, by Memorial Day, most people are looking at summer, but this is the Northeast, and other than a couple of weird hot days, winter hung around forever. My yard is it's own ecosystem, too, and it seems as if it's the last place In the county for the snow to melt. We've had a patch of wet weather, so I've spent much of the weekend planting, weeding, and mulching like a fiend as if I can cram the entire season into a weekend. The daffodils are just starting to fade, the lilacs are blooming, and the hummingbirds are dogfighting all around the porch where I'm sitting.the studio is usually quiet this time of year while I'm outside, but I've done a few small watercolor pieces while watching the Giro d'Italia and waiting for the rain to stop.
The pictured piece started as a pencil doodle. I added watercolor crayon with a waterbrush, then I used colored pencils and graphite pencils to add highlights and shading. I realized that if I rotated it, I could add a quote quite easily. Brilliant! :) I penciled in the quote, then wrote over with a gel pen. Easy, fun. I'm thinking I may put the watercolor pieces together in an art journal, but not unless it starts raining again!
Yes, it's been a while. I've been working on a few things but nothing finished so far. I'm always doing other things in the spring, although it's been a slow spring to get going here.
I'm finished with this journal spread unless I decide to actually journal on it. It was mainly an experiment with shading. Next time I won't use the mechanical pencil to do the outlines. I used charcoal for all the shading over Dylusions sprays and stamping using Archival ink, then a couple of layers of workable fixative.
We've reached the end of March without much sign of spring here in VT except a few disappointed red-wing blackbirds who hung around the feeders out back for a couple of days. I suspect they've retreated south again; I heard a distinct “WTF?” In the usual red-wing calls. We're nursing another sick cat, and when I can't entice him to sleep on my lap, I've been working on this journal spread.
Acrylic, graphite, watercolor crayon, charcoal pencil, marker
I had a long weekend in the studio and spent most of it working on two pieces that evolved fairly quickly (unlike the series I seem to have been working on all winter). They both started with a background of yellows and tan:
I started this as a horizon but it didn't stay that way:
This one is called Spring.
I managed to get more photos of the stages of this one:
This one is Summer.
Neither Spring nor Summer seem anywhere nearby as we just had 20-some inches of snow this week. But we can dream…
I put the beginnings of this spread up a while ago:
Here's the latest and final incarnation:
Spent some time on the little details:
It didn't take that long to finish this. I lost this journal for about three weeks, behind a chair on a box in the studio. Of course, I have no memory of putting it there. Finding it spurred me to work on more than just this spread. More to come!
Here's the second in my deli paper print series. Much the same as the first but I forgot the white layer.