Sketchbook Sunday: Paint Edition

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.

 

 

Sketchbook Sunday: Cat Lady Edition

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!

Sketchbook Sunday: From Start to Finish

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.

 

Sketchbook Sunday: Honeybells

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.

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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).