Sunday home studio cleaning.
Curio: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.
I have been drawing a lot of human vertebrae since injuring my back in December... like, a lot. It's resulted in a set of four completed graphite and watercolor drawings. Here's a sneak peek at two of them.
The full set will be part of the Curio Cabinet show at the Indianapolis Art Center, opening on Friday, June 9. I hope to see you there for what is sure to be an intriguing, unusual show.
A theme has been developing in recent work. While water has always been present, the latest round of painting has had an element of contained bodies of water. Let's see where this goes.
I'm in process of decluttering both at home and in the studio in an effort to own less stuff and have what I do own mean more or at least hold a regular, useful purpose.
This has resulted in quite a bit of rediscovery of art that was abandoned mid-creation. Rather than tossing out bits and pieces of my starts and stops, I'm throwing them in one place with a goal to finish them out, even if it doesn't follow the original plan (because I'm not in that place anymore anyway).
Here's the first of this blast from the past clean out project - I came across a short stack of small (5 x 7 inch and smaller) bits of paper from a time when I was experimenting with more saturated layers of watercolor. This was before my obsession with gel inks that can easily by applied over dark backgrounds. I combo'd another recent subject matter - hands - with a nod to a client's illustration project by circling the wrist with ranunculus.
New item alert! There's this little race that Indianapolis hosts each year at the end of May, you may know it.
In any event I've created an original painting, 'Let's Go Racing', in honor of this years running and am now taking pre-orders for fine art prints.
You can sign up for a pre-order of this 8 x 10 inch print in my Etsy shop, here, now through Monday, May 9 with prints shipping out by Monday, May 16. Prints are $25 (plus a bit for shipping).
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.
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).