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!

 

Lost, found, and reworked

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A month has flown by since I posted last. Incredible. I've always kept the holiday hubbub to a minimum, but I've been investing energy in plenty of other places and suddenly the end of the year is nigh.

I've been spending time in the studio–some of it cleaning!–mostly on experiments and not so many finished pieces. I've got pieces from all the Text & Image lessons, just nothing to the point it feels ready to put out there. And some of them are lost in the piles I've been moving around, along with a couple of other things I'm looking for. Sigh.

I did work more on one lesson 3 piece at Jane's suggestion, and toned it down. You can see the previous stage in an earlier post. Definitely less overpowering. I think it still may not be done but here's the next stage:

I have found things while cleaning the studio, too, one of which has triggered some experiments I'm pretty lit up about. I also found my box of Secondary Color Canvas pieces, so I'm committed to doing some serious work on that project in the coming months. I think it's a good idea to go into a new year with intentions rather than resolutions. In fact, 'Intention' is my word for 2014. One of my intentions is to put my word for the year 'out there' more, so here's a start!