|Fiore, W2, Shard, Striping, Footlites|
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Continuous line drawing with ink!|
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI Saturday June 22
on opening day.
The exhibit will run to August 25.
Sat/Sun noon to 5.
(Note, Birds in Art, the "flagship exhibit" will open on September 7 and run through
|Kenn Backhause "Butterflies" in oil (about 12 x 12" I'd say.|
One of my favorites.
This is a really nice exhibit and I hope if you are in the area that you will stop in and see it. Mostly oils, a few pastels and a few watercolors.
Click here for the museum website.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
In this challenge the Diva asks us to explore the "zen" in Zentangle.
Maybe not use tangles? Just explore.
But for me the zen comes from THE most relaxing of the tangles...those which no longer require me to look at a "step out" or even think actually..just "be" in the moment. If I am "inventing lines then I am back into the "creation" level again. For me the ZEN comes in the "unthinking" part of the design.
The tangles in this Zentangle are all gentle on my mind. Note there is only one semi-grid one which is a variation of Cubine.
Crescent moon, Paradox, Golven, Jetties, Cubine, Striping, Tipple, Shard. laces. All just gentle Zen tangles for me.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The flowers and the architecture looked inviting. Then sun came out. I was up away from the lake it wasn't so windy but enough to keep the mosquitoes off. Really pleasant. But then.... I turned around and there it was. This gorgeous motorcycle. Could I do a continuous line pen drawing of THIS? I LOVE a challenge! This was all free hand and "almost" continuous line. I did pick up the pen a few times.
I spent almost an hour on the drawing/wc. VERY fun. Then I changed locations and went over to the flowers and did a little pencil sketch (took a photo so I could finish later) and off to lunch with the gang. (I'll post the second sketch later.) We had a great lunch at the Northern Cafe in Arbor Vitae on Hwy 51. Home made bread! Oh yum.
I'll miss next week as I am headed to southern WI to visit my friend Kendra for a few days. But I'll take my sketching supplies with me. Ya never know when a motorcycle will be sitting RIGHT there! :-)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|Cosmo Top Spin Flat Da Vinci #20 MM brush|
|The Book that is gluing together my spring and summer.|
First off...top photo. That is the beautiful little 6" brush that Brenda Swenson uses. We all know that all we have to do is BUY the brush an artist uses and we'll instantly start painting just like them. Right? Of course. :-)
This is a real dandy brush though, seriously, and it is the lightest brush I've ever touched...weighs next to nothing. Perfect size for outdoor painting for sure. I got mine at Dick Blick (about $17) but I hear some other art stores carry it. First thing you do is take clear nail polish and paint all around the top edge of the ferrule. (You should do that will all your good brushes.) Keeps the water out of that area. Another tip is to always dry your brushes laying flat.
Second off, click here to see what I am doing this summer (among other things). Scroll down through the "arts" section to find me. Cool, huh?
Third off, the other photo is of the book I have been raving about the last week or so. (Laying on those old fall leaves my husband is busy raking up!) For so many reasons this summer has had a quality of "distraction" about it. A friend's illness, the weather, another friend sliding into dementia, lots of broken things, etc etc. This book seemed to appear by magic with simple words and thoughts...like walking a labyrinth in your head.
Thought for today: "The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity."
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|Grid # B-2 and Hollibaugh|
|Grids: E-3, A-2, D-1, F-4 and Kuke, Striping, Paradox, Bubble Bobble Blup|
And in the case of the "grids" chart...I have copied it and pasted it inside the front cover of my tangle pattern book. Really a clever way to look at grid designs. I only used one grid design in the first one and then put 4 of them in the second one. And of course each grid design as myriads of optional choices. Boggles the mind.
Weather is warming slightly in the north woods (for my weather watchers). We will be in the 70s all week which is a joy. Sunshine is optional on some days but will appear often enough to keep our spirits up...finally. Looks like my En Plein Air group WILL get to paint on Thursday morning. We got pretty much rained out last week but I was in Brenda's class and missed it anyway. Mosquitoes are a BIG hazard especially right at the beginning of the season. Then the black flies follow them! Sigh. So a big bottle of bug repellent goes with me everywhere. We are going to a new location this spring called Marywood. Photos to follow.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
|In my sketchbook (permanent black ink and watercolor) 9 x 11|
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Line contour drawing....makes for "wonky" drawings.
We started out with warm ups of objects people brought in Brenda Swenson's class on wc sketching today. A basket and a carrot peeler...overlapping line drawing not lifting the pen.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Remember this is all pretty "experimental" at this stage. These have been just totally "fun" and pure "escapism". Remember "retsu" translates sort of "things collected in a line" or a series. Wabi-Sabi more referring to "imperfect beauty".
The way I am "planning" on displaying this particular ensemble..is with mat medium glued to a primed, gallery-wrapped canvas. I have laid them out on the canvas here to you can sort of see how that might look. I plan to leave the spaces between the tiles. Just interesting eye-jumps.
I primed the canvas last night with a coat of Cheap Joe's EXTRA special white gesso and sanded it smooth. And I have lightly sprayed all the tiles with a light coating of clear acrylic to set the graphite shading. Now comes the experimental part. Part III.
I will coat the canvas with clear gel medium and put the tiles on top of the medium using it for "bonding". The ticket here is to try hard to get the tiles to glue down flat (on a flexible canvas backing). I have stuffed the inside of the wrapped canvas with newspaper to help keep it "braced" because I am going to have to lay some heavy books on top of the tiles to keep them from curling.
IF this works, I'll finish it up by coating everything with at least one more coat of mat (or gloss) medium to completely seal the piece. If it doesn't work...well then next time I'll frame them under glass...a kind of boring option. But more secure. Cross your fingers. More later.
Tomorrow I start a watercolor sketching class with Brenda Swenson at Dillman's. Lucky me!!! Photos to follow.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
This ensemble will eventually be nine tiles (3 rows of 3). Each tile is 3.5" square. One middle square and all top 3 tiles are yet incomplete. And of course, the middle one on the bottom is "under construction".
I am not sure yet if you can tell that these are "tree-like" tangles? The tiles "roughly" go together somewhat imperfectly (on purpose). But hopefully when completed will give you a "thoughtful" view of early spring trees. In a Zen-like manner, of course.
The early title for this is "Retsu Wabi-Sabi".
Roughly translated as a "series of imperfect beauty".
When you live in a small cabin among a huge forest of trees...the idea of trees permeates your thoughts. I am reminded of Mary Oliver's lovely poem "When I Am Among the Trees"....."around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out 'Stay Awhile'. The light flows from their branches. And they call again, 'It's simple,' they say, 'and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.'"
These small images are perfect to work on as a series of wild storms rushes through northern Wisconsin over a period of 4-5 days. We get hit over and over and over. Just when you think it's safe to go out...wham another series hits. Temps have dropped from 77 to 57. Gray scudding clouds. Frost is predicted tomorrow night. Welcome to late spring in Lac du Flambeau!