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Wordless Wednesday....Window Zoo

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

More is Wordless Wednesday....


Quote Monday...

Monday, January 27, 2014

'nuff said...


Fine Art Friday...this week's watercolor...

Friday, January 24, 2014
Lady Winter
Watercolor & Ink
300lb Arches

Watercolor & Ink
300lb Arches

They are back again!!!  It's just too cold outside for prolonged lens action.

Back to the studio...

Sketching with Pentalic sketchbook, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and Kuretake

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I like sketching, iPad or traditional sketchbook, it doesn’t matter to me.  Lately, I’ve been testing out a Pentalic Nature Sketch 6”X12” sketchbook.  The paper is 130lb, a bit lighter than I typically like but it handles watercolor and light washes well. Not so well with acrylic.  It’s semi-toothy, more like rough vellum on the side I was working on. More like a cross between cold and hot press watercolor paper.  The opposite side is smoother, more for pen and ink or pastels.  Both sides are a natural white and plastic spiral bound.   

I have been pleasantly surprised with the paper quality.  More so because it's fifty sheets for less than $10.  It didn’t buckle as long as I used one piece of tape and didn’t work too wet.  It isn’t as great as Arches but better than Canson, and behaves much like Fabriano.  The quality is fine for sketching even with watercolor or ink.   The 6’X12” size is perfect for me…easy to carry in my camera pack with lots of options for sketching.  I build color by blotting and dirty washes.

This is a test drive and review of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I didn’t pick up many, just a handful to see if I like them or not.  I do like them, the black is fabulous for sketching.  All I need to pack is one of these,  my sketchpad and a waterbrush. Easy peasy and I’m off.   Kuretake has a brand of waterbrushes, they handle much like a pen and a watercolor brush.  

On a side note…Kuretake makes waterbrushes as well. They come in several different brush sizes but I typically reach for the medium. Easy to use, the brush works well with watercolor, and portable. Best of all, they don’t leak. I use them for inks and liquid watercolor as well as a waterbrush.
Back to Zig’s Clean Color Markers… They are water soluble, blend well, and have the vibrancy of a marker. I used them more like watercolor than markers but I have used them for bolder illustrations. They work great because they are controllable and have consistent ink. The brushes are rather flexible, can fluctuate between thin to thick lines. They are affordable but non refillable and come in a huge selection of colors via Dick Blick.  I'll be ordering more in the future.

That’s all the pros…the con is that I can find no info regarding if they are lightfast or not.  So with many different types of ink and watercolors, I have set up a test in my sunroom.  In a couple months I will have my answer but until then, I will use them for sketching.
All-in-all, they are worth a test drive...

Quote Monday

Monday, January 20, 2014

My favorite quoted from MLK...


Fine Art Friday...watercolor abstracts

Friday, January 17, 2014
I've been spending a lot of time on several different projects so I've had very little studio time.  That's where I spent my week...well, as much as I could. 
Arches Art Board
Arches Art Board

Time to pick up the studio and get started on another piece. 

Have a great weekend...

How the Arts impact your world…something to ponder...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This is a meme that is going around Facebook currently.  Every time I see it, I cringe.  Yes, I do understand that art as a whole helps the masses appreciate culture.  The underlying attitude of the third sentence is killing art from an economic stand point.  So why pay and support artists? If the public doesn’t, artists don’t teach, they don’t create, and they move into different employment. 
There are times that I wonder if folks really understand how art impacts our daily life.  Look around and think about it as you move along your day.  

Like the house you live in…thank an architect.  Like listening to music on your way to work…thank the musicians and singers.  Like the novel you are reading…thank the writers.  Like those cartoons in the paper…thank a cartoonist. Like those pretty photos on the internet…thank a photographer.  Like the lovely patterns on your pillow, clothes, or shower curtain…thank an artist or a designer or digital artist. Like those lovely school photos or your wedding album…thank a photographer. Do your kids enjoy the Disney movies…thank an animator.  Or the wonderful books…thank an illustrator, watercolorist, printmaker, and/or writer.  Or the colorful plush toys…thank a designer. Don't even get me started on all the things that digital artists create within our daily life.

And the list goes on and on and on…even to the car that you drive.  That’s not even thinking about all those Super Bowl commercials or the Urban Planners that add parks for those weekend jaunts.  The art and cultural activities help grow, strengthen, and/or revitalize communities.  Think about an art district in any city and how real estate values rise in that area…thank a lot of artists.  
So when I see a meme such as the above, I wonder how many people actually think about the long term causal effects. It is directly tangible to our future.   Maybe that’s the deep structure issue…

So it all comes down to this…you do expect to work at a 9-5 and not get paid?  Do you expect your plumber or dentist to work for free?   If you are involved with an art organization or art business, think about the impact your attitude displays to the masses.  If you are an average person, don’t take the artists for granted.  They live to create and better the world though those creations.
Off my soapbox...I'm off to the studio...

Quote Monday...Art

Monday, January 13, 2014

Illustration Friday...painting with inks again.

Friday, January 10, 2014
It was good to get back in the studio again.  The sub-zero temps froze me out for several days.  I able to get some fundamental sketches and think about a new series; mostly about the direction I want to take for the next several weeks, maybe even months.
Urban Tails Series
Archival Artist Inks on Arches 300lb paper

When I do a series, it’s a major commitment in time and energy.  That’s one of the reasons why I try to do loose, ongoing series.  This time I’m pulled to illustrate nursery rhymes and songs.  It will be a challenge to put old words into new artwork.
I’m off to the studio…I’m being pulled into the garden of the muses.  I want to work on sketches and maybe get a prelim drawing done today.
Later Gators...

Wordless Wednesday...digging out...

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Digging out time...the sub-zero temps have moved on.

Stay warm and safe,


Bird Photos...Surprised to see a bluebird..

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
It's still cold here but there is activity on our backdeck...

Stay warm...stay safe...


Quote Monday...after the storm

Monday, January 06, 2014

It's still cold...I mean really cold for around here... about -15 degrees.  It's part of the 'arctic vortex', which is a fancy mancy way of saying...brrrrrr.

Stay warm and safe!


Random Moments of Delight Challenge...Photography...the snowapocalypse

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Oh the weather outside is frightful
 But the fire is so delightful
 And since we've got no place to go
 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!


Now did I take the advice, no.  I ran out to get a few photos, couldn’t help it. The small town, Danville that we live in is so charming. It’s one of the reasons why to moved here from Austin, Texas.    I’ve been reading about the snow alert for the past several days and have been dreading it.  It’s not so much the 10+ inches of snow or tomorrow’s sub-zero temps, it’s being trapped inside the house.   Mmm…if we didn’t have the weather, I wouldn’t be trapped in the house.  
There’s a simple joy in photography for me.  It enables me to capture a small slice of time or maybe history would be a better term. So instead of me rambling on and on...I'll just show you.  One picture equates to a thousand words...


The timing of my escape took place early in the day, before noon.  Now we are under a Red travel emergency means it is illegal to drive except for emergency personnel, emergency purposes or those who are seeking shelter. The last time this area was under a travel warning was during the 1978 blizzard.

This blog post is part of a blog hop hosted by Meghan, a fabulous artist!!!  Stop in to her blog, it's worth a read.  The Random Moments of Delight Challenge is more of a single moment but...well, photography makes me happy.


Stay warm...stay safe...good luck with the cabin fever!


Before the storm...a new card series....

Saturday, January 04, 2014
We have a winter storm alert...I've seen the photos on Facebook and it looks like the shelves in every grocery in central Indiana are wiped clean.  The forecasts range from 8-14" to 6-10" with winds and then the sub-zero temps set in.  It's supposed to be some of the lowest temps in over 20 years and could rival 1978's blizzard.  We have prepared, it would be dumb not to but it's more of a quite couple of days.  Yes, we could be locked in the house but it will be quite, the fireplace will be on, and I've got work to do. 
Currently, I've got a lot of paperwork to do.  Lots of loose ends to tie up so if a winter storm is going to happen, this is a good time for me.  Well, if there is a good time for such things. 
Getting ready for the storm, I got the bird feeders filled up and new visitors showed up.

The above is one of my favorites. The birdies have been thick, they must be filling up before the storm.  It was also might be the new bird feed too!

The below are some of the photos. These photos have been processed and will most likely be turned into a card series.


Stay warm...stay safe...


Wordless Wednesday...Old into New, Mixed Digital Media, new cat series...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014
First of 2014

Late 2013

Last one of 2013

Happy New's the old turned into new for me.  A bolder and colorful year awaits!!!!