Sunday home studio cleaning.
In scrolling through the myriad of photos from yesterday's Women's March in Washington DC, here in Indianapolis, all over the country and world, I was struck by the artistry and creativity of some of the protest signs. Beyond what they said, which is important, so many of them were down right beautiful. I kept thinking how much I'd like to see an art exhibit take shape.
I wasn't able to attend a rally or march, but if I had, I might have taken this page from my current sketchbook.
I've worked in mostly acrylic for a long time, it's what I would consider my primary media. I combine it with collage, drawing, textures, and more. I've also to a lesser extent kept up with watercolor. Usually though, watercolor has been reserved for planning sketches for other paintings and projects.
Recently, I have been bringing it back to the forefront to stand on its own. I'm still working back in with ink and graphite and other materials, but am also relearning to love watercolor all on its own again.
Here are a few color wash starts for a series of "floating neighborhoods", now underway. They will be available, both framed and unframed at Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts on IDADA First Friday, May 6.
It's been a rough week. I lost my buddy, Buddy, on Tuesday night. He almost made it to fifteen (which after some scares surprised a lot of people) and my house feels strange without him.
For this week's #SketchbookSunday drawing, here's a little doodle of this cool cat...
And here he is during healthier times...
And on a lighter note, happy first day of Spring!
Keeping a sketchbook is all about the process for me. I use it to jot down notes, ideas, quick sketches, or to doodle patterns for hours. Only rarely does a finished piece resemble an actual sketch. This is one of those stories...
One of my favorite recent paintings is called the Water Bearer. It's about the things we carry with us. These things are heavy and in motion and even though we shouldn't be able to carry the weight, we do.
Here's the original sketch, done in August of 2013 while I was visiting Portland, OR:
And here is the finished painting:
As you can see, the title changed, but little else. You can see Water Bearer in person in my studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts on First Friday, April 1 (no joke!) or at the Indianapolis International Airport from June through September.
Happy Valentine's Day, loves!
I've been sketching these root or branch structures for a while now. It's become meditative. And now I really want to draw this on someone's wall.
Who needs a mural? Let's talk!
Each winter I get a shipment of Honeybells (sometimes called Honeybell oranges) - a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, that are only in season for a very short time in January and February. It's a welcome bright flavor in the middle of the cold and snow.
This year's shipment hasn't yet arrived, but I've had them on the brain this Sketchbook Sunday.
I'm also trying out my new travel watercolor set. It's a compact set of cake paints with brush with its own reservoir of water. It's an odd feeling to not have a cup of water standing by while I'm painting, but I like the ability to take paints with me on the road (or to the living room).
I may have missed Sketchbook Sunday this week, but I still have art to share!
I played a lot of black and white design using ink and marker in an attempt to try out some ideas for potential products and illustration projects. Ideally, I'd love to start doing more wedding and event artwork and this might be a good place to start.
This morning I left my sketchbook in my car... I don't know why either. But we make it work. Scrap paper and a ball point pen and Sketchbook Sunday is saved!