Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bits of paper

More paper and glue.  I printed out some images from a gardening book and this is a cut-up drawing of a dianthus.  

Monday, September 28, 2009


Similar to the last oil on panel, but no color this time.  I had intended to use color blended around the lines like the last one but for some reason it felt like it needed to just be gray.  The pencil lines are drawn into the wet paint and it's interesting the way the graphite dissolves on contact with the paint.

I love these panels so much and I think they look great on the wall, but I don't know if I can use them with paper to either draw on or collage onto the wood.  It seems like the canvas and oil paint can handle being exposed but I worry that any kind of paper would be a problem.  Maybe I should experiment with paper and draw some lines on it, then coat it with acrylic medium and see if it stands up to a little wear and tear.  I'd love to be able to mount things to the panels besides just canvas.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Finished watercoloring

Here's that drawing from last week, finally with color.  I think I'm learning to love watercolor paper again after losing interest in it for a while.  I love the unpredictable results I get on Yupo but sometimes I want the drawing to stand out a little more.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My creative space

This is a drawing (soon to be a painting) on watercolor paper.  The tree is a red alder that grows tiny little miniature cones but the cones from this year are still little green blobby things.  I especially love all the holes that are nibbled into all the leaves.  

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saturday shopping with Belinda

Belinda very kindly added one of my drawings to her Saturday Shopping list this week.  I'm delighted to be included in such a lovely list!  Thanks, Belinda, and I look forward to seeing your picks every week :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

New shoes

The horseshoer (or farrier, if you prefer) came up to trim Boo's feet today.  He was joking that her shoes were worn so thin that after one more ride you could shave with them.  He was exaggerating, of course, but I felt very pleased that I've been able to ride her enough to wear out her shoes.  I've definitely been trying to make up for all that lost time when I was writing papers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My creative space and 100 posts!

This is a painting I did a few days ago and I've been waiting for it to dry so I could put the hanging wire on the back.  I love oil paint but I hate waiting for things, so it's a challenge for me to be patient and not mess it up by touching it when it's wet.  This one is 9x12" and I wanted to try drawing with a graphite pencil in the wet paint, so those little lines you see are graphite that's sort of inscribed into the paint.  It's a pretty rough line because of the texture of the canvas but I think I like the effect.

I'm trying some different things with my photos of these panel paintings, so the third photo is on top of my wooden flat file with a paper parasol that sits there and makes me happy.  My scanner is still the best way to get a really accurate image but I'm having fun playing around with the camera and trying to convey the size and feel of the paintings.

And as you see from the title, this is my 100th post on this blog!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My antler

This is an elk antler that I found walking in the woods near my parents' house a few years ago.  It's about four feet long and is kind of heavy.  I'm trying to find out where to put it in the new house (it was living on the porch before) and I'm kind of stumped.  It's just too big for most spots and it's a little pointy and huge to just put on the floor.  The cats seem like they want to destroy it whenever it's in the house and I'm moving it around to look at it.  So I should probably hang it on a wall...?  Maybe make a loop of twine to hang it?  I don't know, but I really really love it and it needs to be displayed in all its glory.


Labor Day weekend was pretty wet around here.  We didn't have any special plans, so it wasn't a problem but I'm glad I wasn't camping or anything like that.  

I've been watching the spiders building and rebuilding their webs every time it rains.  There are so many huge web-building spiders here.  I'm used to seeing maybe one big spider that builds a proper web a year around the house (back in eastern Washington) but here there's a big fat one living between every pair of shrubs.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Last one...for now.

This is the last of the group I was working on.  Today's diagram:  another cyme.  The paper texture is the same as before, just a different area of the sheet.  The original piece was only 6x8" or so but I scanned it kind of huge.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Today's flower diagram is a panicle.  Panicle, panicle.  I think panicle is a great word and I like how it sounds.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Digital collaging

Here's the next one.  The paper texture is from an old piece of paper that was in one of my grandmother's sketchbooks.  The flower head structure today is:  a cyme.  There will be a quiz.