|ice covered branches of the cherry tree|
The sleet made drawing very interesting. It melted on the paper and my crayon slid over the wet spots and caught and gave a good black in the drier patches. Maybe I'll try to replicate this in the studio: wet the paper discontinuously and work over it with waxy and greasy media.
|The South Natick dam | Feb. 2, 2011 | litho crayon on paper|
|A detail view showing the resist caused by the melting snow on the paper|
I was heartened to see a flock of mallards feeding in the calm of the eddies at the base of the fish ladder. Maybe this means that food is not so plentiful elsewhere. A recent spell of very cold weather has limited the open water and they are congregating in smaller areas. Maybe. They looked "happy", cooperative and very active dipping and dabbling in the swift current. I don't know how they survive.
All in all, it was a nice day to spend indoors working on special projects.
|I'm working on a children's book. Here's a spread with a flap and die cut|
|The die cut hints at the surprise (a bright red balloon) underneath|
|Snorri and Cupcake|
I think the cats had the best strategy for a gray, gla gla afternoon.