Friday, June 9, 2017

Oh grow up.

thinking about growing - in studies, friendships, skills - in a 2-minute free for all:

Or playing with watercolors on an art paper postcard:
Start with a few water marks and scribbles
And a few more color washes to see what could happen.

Put in some marker lines ...
And before you know it, you have a view.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A half-week of words and edits

Teaching is energizing
and tiring.

Editing teaches
but it also drains.

Quick sketches
capture it all.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Visual journal - Singapore: teaching week1

Every day that I've been teaching in Singapore, I've done a quick (2-10 minute) page with really dreadful oil pastels. The colors are an uninspiring student grade, the texture is not great, and the paper is cheap.

But it's fun to play, if only for a few minutes at the end of the day. When you paint quickly, without thought, your hands and eyes tell your heart how it is feeling. It's not great art but more like a dip in the pond to refresh before bedtime.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Quilter's pleasure

I love this quilt. The colors delight me. I'm happy with the pattern.

I started it in England, 13 years ago. The fabrics are odds and ends from British fabric stores. The back is a faded sheet I bought with old curtains on Hand quilting makes it uniquely mine.

Now it's rolled up in our cabin, waiting for me to finish its checkered border. I may have to retrieve it this summer.

The tools of the trade are simple but effective: needle, thread, thimble, hoop, and scissor.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Art days

I'll be participating in the Sketchbook Print Project 2016 because it was so much fun last year.

For Lent, 3 friends drew an idea a day. Here's my completed project:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

From a distant land

I enrolled in an art print exchange months ago. Now it's due. I make 12 prints, related by theme and color. The general idea is "News from a Distant Land." I have language school in mind.

The exchange asks for 11 prints. They keep one. They send 10 to other artists. And I'll get 10 prints from all over the world. I'm always optimistic and usually disappointed by what comes back. Oh well. At least the deadline forces me to take out brushes and paint, paper and imagination. I play.

First I paint eyes and a nose. And then the serious work begins. On the back, an explanation of the balancing act of learning a new language.

A few of the prints below: I kept the middle one.

The Golden Mean

The balance and chaos
of learning a new language.
Knowing is golden
but not straightforward.
Letters floating.
Eyes watching.
Gradually flowering.

And I think I love most the paper left over from printing. I tape it inside an 22" frame - an unexpected pleasure ... until I find artwork I like better.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pastel magic: taking Impressionism from gloomy to bright

Her apartment is dark with minimal windows. The painting looked stormy and garish. Before:

She and I took soft artist pastels and smoothed on color with our fingers. Now the 4X4' print is soothing, cheerful, and bright. After:

Which do you prefer?

On the wall, room in process