We took Kathleen and family around Portland on Sunday. Lunch at Kennedy School where they were staying. Went to the Chinese Garden, Saturday Market, Queen Bee, Woodsman and a walking tour.
I want to watercolor journal or travel sketch or art journal or mixed media journal. Or what ever feels good at the moment. I practiced buttercups this morning. Drew on from Claudia Nice’s book then a couple from Internet photos. This one is from the wikipedia entry on buttercups.
Need to work on my penmanship.
Offices come and go. I haven’t had a door in six or seven years. I’m acting supervisor for the next couple of months. It may shake down into something more permanent. For the time being, I have a private office near the break room. No one is even in the cubes right out side. I brought in a bunch of art that I’ve worked on in the last year. Bought a two dock iHome, verilx and flower calendar and some cat office supplies. Almost as nice as my home office now.
(don’t zoom in on the pictures, they don’t improve upon closer examination)
I ordered Sandra Angelo’s Flowers 101 Home Study Course from Northlight Books in December. They were running a special. Flowers are my favorite subject and I have been wanting to get better with Graphite and Value. I didn’t know she was doing it but Sandra selected 20 people to do on-line tutoring for the class via Facebook.
I’m not crazy about some of the flowers we are drawing copying but it seems to be working as a process of learning to draw. The 30 minute lessons take me at least 2 hours. I’ve been using Derwent pencils and am curious to try others. I ordered her drawing supplies and they should be here in a couple of days.
I had major problems with the orchid and i’m still not happy with my efforts. I did get some Strathmore Windpower smooth bristol and quartered it to work on. Paper really makes a difference. I’m amazed at how differently graphite goes down and lifts on it.
Found an image in my Silhouette Studio that looks like it would be good practice for cutting and printing. I used Dick Blick Readycut which is very easy to carve and feels rubbery. It made 4 proof prints. The first (top right) was using my speedball press. 8.5 x 11 paper was too big for it. The second (top left) was my first ever hand print. Third (bottom left) water color paper. Fourth (bottom left) is bristol.
Started a silicon intaglio plate and did a short two color run of my first carving. The color background I did a couple in magenta and a couple in red using a blank linoleum block. Then went over with my carved block and black ink. I’d like a chance at re-carving the design because I think I could do better now. But I like the over all effect. I found a frame/mat combo at Aaron brothers and it is on display in my laundry room Art gallery.