Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cheese Burger

"Tyee Landing" 5" x 8" 90# Watercolor paper,Sept 19, 2014
Collaged checker board deli paper, with matte gel medium. Watercolor paint background wash, acrylic paint cheese burger, Mod Podge gloss on the meat and tomato, Pigma pen lettering and colored pencil fill in on letters. I saved the deli paper from our trip to Tyee Landing for lunch. The 1/3 pound Angus beef burgers are awesome, and the weather was warm but crisp and clear. We sat on their deck and enjoyed the view of the Umpqua River below. The only place between Crater Lake and the coast with a view of the river in Douglas County.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Poppy" & "Swallowtail & Birch"

"Poppy" 5" x8" sketchbook page, number 2 pencil, June 30, 2014.

My cat "Poppy" sleeping on my t-shirt, she was sound asleep so she was holding still. My first attempt at drawing her, I never wanted to try before, but doing Everyday Matters, gave me some confidence I did not have before. I think it came out pretty good. She is so hard to photograph because she is black and shiny, so she absorbs light but reflects it too.
"Paper Birch and Swallowtail" 5" x 8" sketchbook page, colored pencils, July 2, 2014.

This is a sketch in colored pencil of my 3-D quilt, that is sitting on a shelf in front of me. It is about 20" tall and 5" diameter birch tree, made from my original photo printed on fabric and thread painted, with 3-D leaves and butterflies.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Writing Daisy

I am sorry that I have not been blogging. I have not been sketching because my hands have been hurting. I have a hard time writing and holding a pencil for very long. Saying that, I did manage to write out a whole page, in short bursts, that I can use in my art work. I have been trying to use more "Words" in my art. Making rubber stamps, word stencils, or just writing. The handwritten page I put through my scanner and printed several copies, then I went over one of them with a wash of watercolor paints. I tried to use all the colors on my palette, and get some blending too.
I made a card for my sister, by tearing the colored paper and making flower petals, and two leaves and a stem. Using gel medium, I put them on some card stock over a watercolor wash. Next I added texture with acrylic paints, through a sequin waste stencil. If a few dots looked good, a lot was better. NOT! I did way too much, I liked it earlier in the process. But it was a learning experience, I went over some of the darker dots with a soft white, to tone it down some and that helped. I sealed it all with gel medium. I was going to send it as is, as a postcard, but decided to put it in an envelope. After writing a cheerful message on the back, I put it into snail mail, it is so nice to get something besides bills and ads in the mail. I really liked doing the collage, and have other ideas for the writing papers.