Spring is here

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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!

 

 

Still here

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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.


 

Winter part 2

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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

 

Some future season

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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…

 

Evolution of a journal spread

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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!

 

Next stages, next series

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Here's this series

with white and black added.

 

Here's the third series I started, with warmer colors. I'm thinking these will get a cool color accent somewhere in the process…

 

And here's a fourth series using a darker, warm gray to start:

 

That I had to brighten up. I also used white around the edges for some quiet space.

Not sure where any of these are going next, but I'm having fun!

 

Deli paper print abstract series 1

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I was inspired by Jane Davies' video using deli paper prints as a way to start paintings, so much so that I've got three series going now. Here in the first, I use cheap acrylic in a celedon (I think mine is Italian Sage) like Jane did.

I've always liked the combination of celedon, dark blue, and purple, so I used it here with Indian yellow hue, which I really like as contrast.

 

I'm not sure where these are going but I feel like leaving them fairly 'rough'.

 

Series continued

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I've been making progress on my series this week. The pieces started with acrylic paints and then I added some collage papers.

 

Then I used either graphite or Stabilo All pencil to define some rough, mostly rectangular shapes.

I used some hand-carved stamps with permanent ink.

I defined a few areas with white paint and painted over with a contrasting yellow green, and added blue violet accents.

I added some more white and have been tweaking some areas. I'm not sure if I'm done, but I've started another series!