Dog on a mission: to take in the last spectacular days of Indian summer before the cold sets in.
I am taking a break from ink, after InkTober. I went for broke yesterday and bought myself two 4B pencils. I remember when I first started to draw, these things scared the daylights out of me. You could make a mark and it showed up. What if it was the wrong mark? What if someone […]
An Inktober ink mix: I began with zebra brush pen with waterproof ink and was going to move on to watercolor, but after I scanned it, the siren song of PhotoShop was too strong. Color and colored pen strokes are all digital.
I have just submitted my first grant request. It is for funds to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) winter conference in NY. I’ve been dreaming of going to the conference for a few years. Awhile back I began to look at the costs to get there and realized that it […]
Today is national dog day. How did I not figure that out until 5 pm?? Oh wait, I know. I bought a new graphics tablet and have been working to get it to behave with WIndows 10. (Ahem – Wacom – not all artists use Macs). I finally won, but it involved doing a lot […]
Last night I went to a grants funding workshop. They pounded home one thing over and over: the artist must have a consistent body of work. If you have work in multiple categories, even if you have very good work in multiple categories, you will not be taken seriously by a group of reviewers. “Find […]
Midsummer in the south is unbearably hot for most of the day, but fabulous in the early morning hours. It’s a magical time. Walking in the nearby woods, you can hear crickets and frogs; birds are singing their walkup soliloquies and baby birds are shrieking for breakfast. If you look hard, and are lucky, you […]
Breaking away from the experimental book format, I have stepped up slightly to 140 pound cold-press watercolor paper with collage, acrylic paint, colored pencils and neocolor crayons. The cake just snuck in there. Probably too much Wayne Thiebauld in my youth. Besides, as we all know. everything goes better with cake.
This page started out with a copy of a page from an old comic book. I’m not exactly sure who the superhero was. Cuphead man? Robotman? In the original image, the comic book persona was staring out of a double-hung window, semi-smiling. The rest is just compositional fun.
This blog has gone to the dogs again. Mixed media experimentation with a wide-eyed, innocent chihuahua. This may be one of my last book experiments for a while. The seam in the middle is beginning to irritate. This picture began as a collage: magazine page close-ups of precious stones provided the deep reds and blues. The […]
Experimental goal for this exercise was to use a rubber stamp. In a lonely drawer in my studio, I located a chrysanthemum rubber stamp. I loaded the stamp with acrylic paint and deliberately printed only part of the flower. Hindsight, I should have used the entire stamp. It gets a bit too abstract to really […]
Dog Doodle, not a labradoodle. This was the second page in my experimentation book. I wanted to work large and semi-realistically. This page began with a layered collage from magazine and book pages. I then painted and drew until things felt finished. The media used was the book/magazine card stock for the surface, cheap craft […]
Just about 2 weeks ago I took a tumble in a parking lot and smashed my wrist. It was an impressive crashing and smashing. After some surgeries I now have a bionic wrist, a wrist brace, a fair amount of pain and swelling, and an outright impatience to get back to painting.. But […]
Building tiny armatures of wire, tin foil and masking tape for papier-mâché circus dogs. This new found passion began a few weeks back when I discovered myself without power during Hurricane Matthew, but recalling directions on how to cover plastic and styrofoam Dollar Store pumpkins with papier-mâché, I started wrapping some old pumpkins and cats’ heads in papier-mâché. That […]