Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Comet!



This is my new print, it is of a comet.  I am starting to sell them on an etsy site.  But it seems that only Russian people who drink Stella beer, misspell and those who "wish they had a thriving blog of their own" will see this.  I have been getting a lot of spam comments.  They are actually very entertaining.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KoalaPorpoise


Thursday, May 23, 2013

4 new little paintings




I basically have about 20 minutes to an hour to paint on any given day.  Not much time to do painting a days or anything like that, but enough to do these super short paintings.  Each of which took me a total of 45 minutes at tops.  A couple took me 20 minutes.  It totally shows but I am happy to be painting again and might start another website page to it if I keep it up.  All of these paintings are oil on paper, 8" x 10".  Per my artist school classes I have decided to give up liquin.  It is a painting medium I have used since I began painting almost 20 years ago.  without it the paint is much thicker because I don't use any other mediums right now.  But I definitely like it that way. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Badminton Shuttlecock (or Birdie)



This is my second linocut print.  I played competitive badminton when I was in high school.  For a long time many people thought that was something of a joke, competitive badminton.  And it is true that the thought of playing badminton competitively is quite a surprise if you are just used to carefree summer afternoon games.  Either way it is a super fun, great sport and I have always been drawn to the "birdies".  This drawing is of a feathered birdie which are definitely superior to the plastic birdies that come with the backyard sets in big box stores.

I am glad with how it turned out.  I love the bright orange color, very summer.  The only slight issue with the run was that the ink was really thick and I am not sure if that was because I was printing basically the negative space.


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

a little bit of this....

Since we have been back from Austin, which marks to me when I delivered the work and therefore the last time I was really trying to do something, I have been doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  Typical.  I randomly picked up a lino block (or a softer version of one) at Utrecht and was really excited to make my first prints.  I figured I would make an image that I had already made so that it would be easy to draw it and I strangely decided to make a linocut of Marsha Brady.  It came out pretty good for my very first try.  I had to learn how to ink the block and all of these activities I have never known much about.  I would really like to make more, plus I haven't yet gotten a great print of the Marsha Brady, but here it is:


It was so satisfying to make.  It was very gratifying to carve out the block and watch tv at the same time.  I always try to draw and watch tv at the same time with limited success.  But this felt a little closer to knitting or some sort of activity that can be mindless once you figure out the design.  Although, there was the threat that I could mess it up with one wrong slice (or mess up my finger) which kept me on my toes.

And then yesterday I made a gouache/watercolor of a pigeon.  I had been struck with pigeon inspiration about a week ago at a park.