Friday, August 11, 2017

Yikes, Stripes!

The question hardly ever varies: what to paint? I stare at the open sketchbook in front of me and a fully charged watercolor brush in my hand. What is the most elemental motion? Shall I draw a representation of a thing? Shall I simply transfer the paint from the brush to the paper in the most honest and efficient way possible? And after I do that, what do I do next? I will often paint stripes. They look pretty and they reacquaint me with the colors on my palette. And then what? Is it a sampler of colors? A paint chart? And if it is just a paint chart, I could add a bird or two. Or a castle. Or some flowers. I have a crazy, self indulgent job!

08-10-17
charcoal, watercolor, ink
07-29-16
pastel, acrylic, ink
07-16-16
crayon, watercolor, ink
07-26-15
pencil, watercolor
11-16-15
watercolor
02-11-13
collage, watercolor

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Eagle Envy

the East Eagle
the West Eagle
The Eagle with Three Heads
"We have the Best Eagles!"
08-04-17c
ink, crayon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Battle

There is a battle dragging out inside me between Abstraction and Realism. I go so far with an abstract approach. This is very satisfying but in the end it leaves me hungering for something recognizable or sympathetic --hence, all the birds. Sorry. I persist though. These are from the past week or so.

07-22-17a
07-22-17b
07-24-17b
07-27-17a
07-31-17a
07-31-17b
08-01-17c

Friday, July 21, 2017

Peaceable Kingdom

The gang's all here.

"Peaceable Kingdom
07-19-17a
watercolor, ink
Owl
Nuthatch
Squirrels & Woodpeckers

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ferny Forest

In the in-between time, an owl notices you.
It lives in a funny forest with parasol trees.
Ambitious ferns, but… no.
07-09-17a
mixed media

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