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Rainbow Birdy, quick studies...using FW Ink as a resist/mask and a Pentalic sketchbook

Thursday, August 29, 2013
I had a couple people email to ask how I come up with my critters.  The answer is, I use a sketchbook. If I don't use the idea now, I will in the future.  Or at least a version of it.
Here's how I do it...each person is different.  By no means am I an expert on watercolor or painting in general.  Yep, that's the disclaimer...
My sketchbooks vary but this one is Pentalic's 6 x 9, 130lb, 'Nature's Sketch'. The size is wonderful, it has 50 sheets, and the price is affordable.  You do get what you pay for, the paper doesn't lift watercolor well and it's really more for drawing than wet media. It's thick enough that I can use both sides of the paper, which I do. I like it and the company donates to the American Wildlife Foundation.
I start with a basic sketch in pencil, typically a Staedtler 3B. It's my favorite on this paper because I get the outline I want and it's easy to erase. I typically use either Prismacolor or Generals brands on this paper because it pills so easily.

Since a lot of my critter development is over my morning coffee, I want to keep it quick and sweet. I use Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Artists Ink.  Great color, it dries quick, and doubles as a resist.

I don't want to spend the time at this point waiting on a frisket to dry. I use a product by Masquepen, called Fineline.  Wonderful but it takes forever to dry. Not really, I'm just not the most patience of artists.

FW inks are not bulletproof...
but they are water resistant and it's enough that it sets a barrier on the paper. If you don't have that, you can use a wax birthday candle, a crayon, or even wax paper with a pen. I've used all of then in a pinch.


Next, I lay down my watercolor.  My pref is Daniel Smith with add on's like Blick's Phthalo Blue, Holbien's Crimson Lake, and Winsor & Newton's Indigo. 

I use the same colors in my travel palette (above) as I do with my larger palettes. Just more colors.  Hey, again, it's just what you get used to. 

I use ink for highlights and Mr. Rainbow Bird is done, waiting to be used in the future. 20 minutes over coffee and ready to start my day in the studio.

Mr. Rainbow bird might get used in a children's book I want to write.  He's rainbow because birds know that birds are birds, no matter what color they are. Birds believe that it takes all kinds to make a backyard village, not just the 'cool' birds.  They even realize that the bullies can be stopped by team work. quick, the FW Ink dries quick but the white ink is fabulous with wet watercolor. get extra texture, use a rubber tipped object to draw lines. 

Tip...don't worry about perfection, it's a sketchbook.



Wordless Wednesday...from the studio...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
From the studio....
I'm working on a children's series...the above is the first....



Thursday, August 22, 2013
HJR-6 was passed in 2011 but HJR-6 must pass through the House and Senate again in 2013. If it passes, unaltered, it will be on the ballot in 2014. This means that Hoosiers will cast their vote either for or against HJR-6 as a referendum.  In other an amendment to Indiana’s constitution.
The bill reads:
“Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.  A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”
The result would be, depending on the wording:
Prevent any future attempts to allow for same-sex marriage
Eliminate health care benefits for same-sex partnerships
Eliminate legally binding documents for same-sex couples that are “substantially similar to marriage” such as wills and trusts
Eliminate inheritance laws from being applied to same-sex couples
Eliminate hospital visitation rights


I find this piece of legislation vile because of the obvious blatant disregard of human rights.  This type of discrimination has been found repugnant to the United States Constitution. 
I also believe that this would have an economic impact on my state.  Both Lilly and Cummins have opposed the ban on same sex marriage because of the impact on their employees.  It also has an impact hiring the best and the brightest to many of future positions.  
It also has a huge impact on economic development for the the state.  Companies that might entertain opening offices or hubs in Indiana would have to think long and hard. How will it retain it's white-collar workforce?   Why would a business, with a national or international platform want to come to an area that promotes bias and discrimination? Just because it might be OK locally, doesn't mean that it's OK in other parts of the US.

The worst is…it writes blatant discrimination into my state’s bill of rights and constitution.  Huh…this is being billed as anti-freedom…to me, it’s anti-human.
Rant over but not forgotten. 

Wordless news

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I'm glad this is 'wordless' Wednesday...I have no idea what possessed me to tear apart and reorganize my studio today. This morning, it sounded like a good plan...

Maybe...I was mistaken...



The Art of Jazz Concert at Avon Town Hall...Hendricks County does it again....

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Congratulations on a well-run inaugural concert! Y'all did great. Thanks to Hendricks County Arts Council and the Town of Avon.  An outdoor concert by the Cool City Band and art melted together for this event, The Art of Jazz, held on August 17th at Avon Town Hall Park, 6570 East U.S. 36, was a delight to all those in attendance. 
Green Street Pub and Eatery, Black Swan Brewpub, Julie Vornholt (body painting) and Bill Frisbie (Cigar Box Guitars) were shining stars at the event.   For those that missed the evening, the below is a little sample of the sights…



See you next year....but if you have a chance, stop by Avon Town Park, it is beautiful!

Wordless Wednesday...from the studio

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

From the to figure out how to enlarge it to a building wall.


Indy Custom Art Panels Review…Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Since this is my ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post, a picture is worth a thousand words. The below is the naked panel.  Loved the unique custom size.

The panel can be primed or unprimed, I preferred to test my favorite gesso.  The mix worked fabulously.  Totally happy with the results.

Next hoop was testing the panels with Liquitex spray paint.  I’ve had issues with other panel working with my favorite spray paint, not all panels are created equal.  This passed with flying colors!!! Great smooth coverage. Wonderful because I use spray paint for backgrounds lot in my work.

The end of my abstract paintings that I'm very happy with.

The times I'm glad I have an iPhone...

Sunday, August 04, 2013
I'm working off my iPhone to post on the blog.  Since I've never done this before, I have no clue what the layout will be like.  Sometimes surprises are good...we'll see.
The above is digital on one of my drawing apps.  Nice for waiting in line or killing time for a meeting.
The above is a plant that caught my eye...great color combo!!!  I have no idea what it is. The below is koi...yeah duh moment.  The thing is, I don't always have my big girl camera with me.  There are times that don't feel like lugging about my camera bag.  Geez, I don't even carry a purse any longer. I like my hands free so I wear Kangatek Go, it's a bandolier type sling. 
I'm also finding that I really enjoy my iPad too.  It's been bit of a learning curve with all the new gadgets but hey, it is the 21st century.  Just because I'm old doesn't mean I don't keep up with all the fun stuff.

More Summer by post

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Have a great weekend!

Sneak Peek of what I've been working on...project 46122

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Project 46122 was started by a Danville, Indiana artist, Moon Stumpp. Yep, that me. There isn’t anything political, drama related, or financially driven about this project. It’s about art…it’s about changing the world one step at a time. It’s about doing instead of wishing. It’s about not waiting for the perfect moment; it’s about taking the moment and making art.
Why art? Because art is what makes us human.
Why do I do it? Because I can.

How did this project start?  In the beginning of 2013, I got involved with a 'Pay It Forward' project.

I waited for a bit for people to forget that they signed up for this.  Then sent the surprises many moons later.

During the waiting period, I wanted to start the ball rolling.  The next step was planning and setting up 46122 ArtOut with sponsors.

June 1st was a rainout, many people still showed up.  It was a start and sometimes the firsts steps are the hardest.

Back to the studio with me...I've got a handful of halfies (half finished projects) to complete...