Friday, June 8, 2018

Silly Absurd Funny Ridiculous Whimsical Humor

Silly Absurd Funny Ridiculous Whimsical Humor. Those were the concept words for our latest home project. WOW, what a project, I needed Jen here beside me with some great malarky ideas! Maybe Jen will make an e-course, I'll be the first to sign up! I don't think of myself as a humorous person, it is something that I should develop if one can. It certainly would make life a bit easier.  It was hard for me to relate. Wanted to do a comic of myself, didn't quite work out, thought of making myself into my animal soulmate, the owl. Then I did a Buddha painting in the Sketchbook Revival series, now sadly offline. (Can be purchased ). Stumbled on some laughing Buddhas and developed on that theme. More on the whimsical. I also did make an owl portrait. If I brought a smile then I succeeded!

Buddhas On The Line

Buddha on RISD Alumni Bulletin 
Watercolor Pencil
8.75 x 10.75 "
The Magazine is intact!

Pencil Sketch Watercolor Pencils
9.75 x 13.75"

Two transfers 
9.5 x 12.5

Two Transfers
Crayons Pencil
9.5 x 12.5"

Whimsical Buddha
12.5 x 9.25 "
Pencil and Crayon Sketch

Photo Montage
6.5 x 11.5"

RISD Cover Transfer on B&W Mandela Transfer
Crayons Colored Pencils
My Owl Soul Mate

Luckily I did these before my sprain. Used different materials and methods. At first, I didn't like the Whimsical Buddha but it has grown on me and is now my favorite.
Enjoy and smile

Haven't a clue why my lightbox has stopped working!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

On Top of the World

Thorong Phedi, Nepal, part of the Annapurna Circuit. My grandson Uri at the pass! 

Flying High On Top of the World
27 x 19.5"
Dark Blue Matte Board
Oils and Cold Wax

Finished piece.First draft. Added collage pieces and lots of scratch marks!  Enlarged the photo of Uri in black and white and sort of blended him in. Had to add a bits of the flags with collage pieces as well. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gift Buddha New Start

What a surprise was waiting for me on my table at workshop. One a big 7 x 11.5" handmade sketchbook from heavy watercolor paper, filled with owls and owls and more owls. The background for this was that last week I made a small one-page sketchbook that I learned from Kiala Givehand as part of the Sketchbook revival that I took part in. Sadly they have taken it down already. She also has a great number of youtube videos, but couldn't find the specific one she had on the revival session. I did find one similar but she doesn't show the hidden pages. Anywho I showed Traudi how to make it and she taught her granddaughter while making me the OWL book. Traudi also gave me another sketchbook like the one she previously gave me, she decided she wasn't going to use it and since mine is almost filled, it should be mine! Thank YOU Traudi, I so wish I could share some of her work but alas she hasn't a blog or Instagram etc. Maybe someday! And now you ask, why OWLS.
Well, we were discussing our project and I mentioned that I took an online quiz and OWL is my soul animal.





Hidden Pages
lifting pages 1 -2

Full Spread

Back Cover

We all have some down days where our mind takes over with thoughts and we can't seem to get rid of them. With me, I take a nap which is like an escape sleep. After a shower decided to get it out on paper. In the sketchbook revival, I learned that scribbling and writing on the page has great power.
It really helped and this Buddha was the result! I also remembered the HUGE Buddha at the RISD Museum that I often visited. It was so calming and peaceful!

15 x 13"
Pencil HB on Light Sketchbook Page

 Well, hope you've come this far. This week at Workshop we had our guest mentor Ariel Asseo.
Since his specialty is in realistic figure painting I decided to do two figures. Not happy at all with this WIP. But in the spirit that I show what going on on my easel.  Have to fix the drawing mistakes particularly the left arm and decide on a color palette. It was the end of the session so I used oil sticks instead of getting out my paints. 

Charcoal  Oil Sticks 
Colored Matte Board
21.5 x 27.5