Friday, May 20, 2016
When is a drawing completed? Here are some recent examples of revised pieces where I saved scans of the earlier states. All: mixed media on sketchbook paper.
Time to move on!
Time to move on!
|state 1: colored pencil and wash|
|final: graphite added to get more contrast|
|first state: interesting concept and details but not unified in any way.|
|The final: just add more stuff!|
|state 1: collage, ink, litho crayon|
|state 2: red added to pink bird, wash added to backgroiund|
|state 3: an attempt to warm up and mute the red coloring|
|Final: local color added, more collage, fish.|
Monday, May 16, 2016
The first major crop of dandelions blankets the fields and byways of my neighborhood. They remind me of a picture book I illustrated a few years ago.
"The Dandelion's Tale" written by Kevin Sheehan and published by Schwartz & Wade (March 2014) is a story about the unique friendship between a fuzzy old dandelion and a youthful sparrow. The dandelion knows that she has a short time to live and she wants to share her memories with her offspring. The sparrow learns these stories by heart and vows to pass them on.
Below are a few watercolor illustrations from the book.
Friendship is timeless.
|…the sparrow heard the dandelion crying in the meadow|
|The dandelion couldn't survive the terrible storm of the previous night.|
|Later, the sparrow found a happy group of ten new dandelions in the meadow.|
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Every day, in front of an easel, paintbrush in hand, the artist stands before his patient model and paints a picture.|
|He paints a castle with a bell tower and doors upstairs and down. The bell sounds far off yet the house vibrates like crazy!|
|Another day, battling traditional modes of pictorial perspective, a weary bird finally finds a rocky resting place.|
|On a tower built from discarded canvases, the artist inevitably gets closer to the true subject.|