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Autumn inspiration

October 9, 2018

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Life is calming down as the weather shifts towards rain. A couple of friends took a nature printing class that inspired me to play with leaves, colors, and cloth.

Since I really have no idea what I’m doing, the mark of a true adventure, I pulled out fabric screen ink, waxed paper, paper towels, and made a foam covered blotter (a suggestion by the friend). A few maple leaves provided the templates and off I went a dabbing!

The initial attempts used slightly dampened cloth (old cotton sheets) with the inked leaf. If it’s too wet, the ink bleeds creating fuzzy edges. The more I played, the more I leaned towards using dry cloth as in the above images. How thick the ink was also made a difference. Top image used denser ink, lower used more watered down. I’m not sure what I want out of this experiment, but leaning towards creating unique tea towels.

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When pulling out tea towels I discovered a bunch of un-sewn bags cut years ago for another project. The above image is from the testing of one. The material is a light weight cotton canvas and it took the ink rather well.  All it needs now is heat setting and a sew up!

Creativity is slowly creeping back into my life again. Hopefully it will stay for good!

 

 

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Moby Forest continues…

August 21, 2018

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Isn’t it done YET??? Oh my goodness!!! I’m just furious with myself for not getting things moving and out the door! What the heck is wrong with me??? I guess life keeps rearing up and stalling progress forward.  The next book is on it’s way…

So, what’s been happening? Well, more coastal stuff, trying to grasp the next move with all the clearing out, sorting everything once it comes home and re-homing/recycling/trashing before it enters my house. Monday I had a site visit to Halsey to start figuring how the big installation will move from the garage attic to the pristine walls behind the city council desk.

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If you recall, the piece originally fit on a 20ft wall span. Now, it will have the two end panels living on the short side walls  and the small squares and the center panel will take up the space behind the mayors seat (about a 16ft wall span).  The strong shadows will not be part of the interior flavor, but oh well. Guess you can’t have everything. Plus the work will only stick out from the wall about 2 inches, so a change of hardware will be required. Another thing to figure out over the next several weeks.

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The other odd ball thing in the mix is a couple of dog wall murals at a training center about 6 miles from home. Sometime in September I’ll wander over to have a good discussion with my friend. A very interesting design challenge to figure out.

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And then there’s the big wedding on Saturday for my niece. We’re so happy for her!kirsten n gale

More craziness to come!

 

Progress?

August 13, 2018

I have been swamped with quite a variety of things since posting back in June: kitten time, health issues, home challenges, and to top it off the upcoming sale of our family’s coastal home in September. The book progress has been at a standstill as I attempt to get through theses different tasks. I’m horrible at multitasking. If the energy isn’t there for art, I don’t seem to be able to pull it together like I used to. Maybe it’s due to the drug combinations and stress levels. Anyway, I’m glad to report some progress on Rebecca’s book.

I find it difficult to capture what I’m seeing in my brain, combined with long breaks, and a cohesive piece isn’t quite emerging yet. By the end of this week, I hope to finish. Famous last words uttered weekly over the past several months! Don’t hold your breath or you’ll turn blue!

On a side note, the kittens just passed the 5 month mark. Both are already in estrus. Spaying at the end of August . Oh, how time moves quickly and yet so slow.

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Kittens on the brain

May 4, 2018

I think it’s official. Two sisters will be joining our house in a month!shadow

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Que the ohhhs and awwwws! Can they be any cuter? The whole litter is beautiful and not a single one looks like their mother, which was kind of sad because I adore tuxedo kitties.

Current names are Shadow and Smoke, but those will change once we learn who they really are. Guess I won’t be able to use Humphrey on this batch. That name is waiting for an orange tabby….

Kitten proofing the house has begun. The terror of two …. I think I need my brain examined!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Backyard Wildlife Book

May 2, 2018

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Today, the start of my book titled “Backyard Wildlife” was packed up and sent to Minnesota for the next addition of artwork! Horray!!!!

Concertina Book Collaboration 2018!

Background: The group was formed through blogging. (Yes, there really can be some cool connections made through blogs!) The first book collaboration started in 2015. It included 4 artists (2 from Australia, 2 from USA). Each artist started their own book, filling a page spread and a bit more. After adding art, it was forwarded to the next group member, where they would add a page spread, until everyone had completed work in each books.

2018: The participants total 5 this year! The additional artist lives in Sweden and we all love her work! We agreed to create a specific sized Concertina Book for this round. 10 pages in each book (210 x 150 mm) to make 5 spreads, one for each participant.

About my book, Backyard Wildlife: The paper used was Arches 300gm watercolor. All images were started in pencil then watercolor, colored pencil, and micron pens. The book cover was created using the same watercolor paper, a hand carved block stamp, archival ink and lots of watercolor. The subjects reflect a small selection of wildlife seen from March through April in my backyard. We have almost daily visits from numerous Black-tailed Deer in the far back, including several bucks of different ages and pregnant does with last year’s fawns still hanging around. At the bird feeder, Black-capped Chickadee’s take advantage of everything we offer. Audubon’s Yellow-Rumped Warbler especially loved the suet during winter months and were sighted often until the end of April. Dandelions are an early blooming plant that draws the native bumble bees. Cotton tailed bunnies are year round residents.

I already have the second book resting above my worktable waiting for attention. This one arrived from Sweden the other week. I promised myself I wouldn’t open it until Backyard Wildlife left the house. Well, I kinda held true to that thought! I couldn’t stand it anymore and opened it on Monday. Oh, it’s so BEAUTIFUL! My brain is already running around ideas, thinking about what to include.

The other participants are

Australia:

Anna Warren:  BlogAnna Warren Portfolio

Karen Bailey: Instagram: karenbaileystudio  WebsiteKaren Bailey Studio

Sweden:

Rebecca Cary Anderson: Instagram: thepaintedpearart  Website:  The Painted Pear   

USA:

Cathe Jacobi: BlogAmaryllis Log

Gale Everett: You currently are at my blog. Website: Gale Everett Studio

Please feel free to click on their blog titles to see what they are creating! I’m not on Instagram and haven’t a clue how to direct people, but look for Karen, Rebecca, and Cathe there. 

Still not finished…

April 25, 2018

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After several weeks of illness, I’m finally cracking on with the book. A deer appeared in the upper left section because I’ve been seeing quite a few grazing in the far back. The does are still pregnant, last years fawns still lingering, and bucks are just sprouting antlers (more like fuzzy nobs at this stage). Everything is green right now. Not just green, but 21 shades of green! And it changes daily. We also have an enormous amounts of pollen flowing  through the air. This of course means the start of itchy eyes and running noses. The joys of spring!

At least the temperature have reached 80F over the past 3 days. Warmth floods the house through open windows & doors. It’s been a long time since fall! Moby and Hazel have enjoyed the freedom to the open yard. The cat has decided that living with dogs wasn’t to her liking. She has moved to her summer house, aka the garage. Maybe we really will have room for two kittens in 6 weeks!

More work tomorrow unless something else pops up!

Arches paper, watercolor, colored pencil, micron pens

210 x 300 cm

Two birds with color

April 10, 2018

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Household illnesses have certainly slowed down studio time. Monday I jumped in on the warbler, popping blues and yellow in WC, then topping with colored pencil and micron pen. Monday night was critique group meeting and I actually had something to share!  Today I started adding touches to the Chickadee. The slow progress is partly due to my hesitation with the tools. I feel clumsy and uncertain of what I’m really trying to capture, not like it really matters since this book is all about fun. But it matters in my brain. I know the warbler is out of proportion in several areas and that disturbs me. Fortunately the Chickadee is still looking ok and should look better once I tackle the legs, feet and tail section. The act of drawing creates an instant hesitation towards creating in my brain. It’s never been comfortable. Yet, if I don’t do something there’s a loss between hand & brain. Right now I feel lost between those two areas. Practice will rebuild that bridge. Thank goodness for my art friends wanting to create new collaborations!

One question that popped up in the Monday night meeting was ” Is this going to become a book others could purchase?”.  I will certainly show the group my completed book and the others along the way. Printing it for others has always been an interesting thought… Not sure how one would get a concertina book produced through an online book company. 🙂

The illness I had has morphed into something worse for Dave. He has been battling two evening of over 100 F temp! Yuck! Fingers crossed it won’t come back at me a second time!