Some I Have to Keep

I’ve been working on post cards for the iHanna swap in May, but sometimes I make one that I can’t bear to part with.

There is a tree outside a window that reflects beautiful leaf shadows and apricot light on our living room wall when the sun reaches it. I took a photo, then tried to render it in a way that captured the magic of that ephemeral light.

After it was finished, I decided to mat it and found the perfect yellow frame, so now it hangs on the wall near the spot where the actual light comes in. I used a vellum overlay, inking in the branches and filling in the color with water color. That is laid over another layer of water color underneath, which I think gives it more depth. The “happy accident” that happens in art is that the ink, which I thought was permanent, ran when I painted in the water color. It blurred the edges a little, just as they are in the photo, even though it was unintentional.

Apricot morning light (ink and water color on vellum over water color on paper)

Apricot morning light (ink and water color on vellum over water color on paper)

Here is the photo of the actual image.

apricot light

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Sea Garden

Just one painting this week, but considering it was catch-up time after spring break travel, I’m pretty happy about it.

"Sea Garden," acrylic, 8x10

“Sea Garden,” acrylic, 8×10

I’m working on post cards now, having signed up for the spring iHanna swap coming up in early May. I need 10 cards by the end of April, but I already have a couple in the works.

Benefit post cards

As part of my gallery show, I offered to send an original post card for a donation to the church. Since it’s spring, I went with a floral theme in mostly primary colors. The tiny red biplane was inspired by one I often see fly over my house.

Spring Flight

Spring Flight (water color)

Spring Flyers (water color)

Spring Flyers (water color)

 

When it hits the fan

You know how you can be chugging along just fine and life is great, then suddenly the poop starts flying and hits the fan?

I’ve been blessed this year with some wonderful opportunities: my gallery show, a trip to Seattle to audition for Jeopardy! and good things happening in my family.

But once in a while things just go all to heck, and for some reason I’ve been converting the poop energy into paint and slopping it on canvas. Along with knitting and cleaning, it’s therapeutic.

Turmoil. Acrylic on canvas, 12x9

“Turmoil.” Acrylic on canvas, 10 x 8

"Window." Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 9.

“Window.” Acrylic on canvas, 10 x 8.

 

Call and Response

Call and Response 2-25-16

“Call and Response,” acrylic on canvas. It painted itself and gave itself a title.

Salon des Refusés

Not that I put myself in the illustrious company in the Salon des Refusés show, which was for artists whose work was refused by the establishment: a few obscure artists like Manet, Pissaro and Cézanne.

But I thought it would be fun to share a few pieces that didn’t make it into my gallery show at the Alternative Space Gallery at the First UU Church of Austin.

My favorite aquatint (print), "Bristlecone pine."

My favorite aquatint (print), “Bristlecone pine.”

An old self portrait in graphite.

An old self portrait in graphite.

"Tree, McKinney Falls," pencil.

“Tree, McKinney Falls,” pencil.

Lucky shot, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand.

Lucky shot, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand.

"Spirits of the Davis Mountains," acrylic and beach sand.

“Spirits of the Davis Mountains,” acrylic and beach sand.

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“Cataract Surgery, ” water color

I am delighted to have my work in a solo show, and once I get some photos from the opening I will post some of those.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Postcard Swap

iHanna’s fall postcard swap was a great success this year–I received all 10 cards during November. Here they are, in no particular order.

From Libby in Idaho

From Libby in Idaho

Lina in Ontario

Lina in Ontario

Kathleen M

Kathleen M

Karen B

Karen B

Jenny P, Colorado

Jenny P, Colorado

Helly J in the UK

Helly J in the UK

D. Walsh--Sparkles and jewels--this came in an envelope!

D. Walsh–Sparkles and jewels–this came in an envelope!

Dori P, Iowa

Dori P, Iowa

Cathy, Iowa

Cathy, Iowa

An Lina Designs, Texas

An Lina Designs, Texas

Next: I’m still painting, but with holidays, upcoming design work for Paradox Players and having a rambunctious nine-year-old in the house, it goes slowly. As my therapist says: it’ll wait for me to get back to it.

Fall Postcard Swap

As crazy as this fall has been, with adjusting to new beings in my life (updates on my other blog soon) and a trip, I squeezed in the iHanna postcard swap. Fortunately I had a small supply saved, so I had to make only a few. Here’s what was sent out at the end of October.

Beautyberries 2

Beautyberries 2 (water color, marker, paper) – Impression of colors of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) - More realistic view of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) – More realistic impression of a beautyberry bush.

Utah Impressions (water color)

Utah Impressions (water color)

Piscivore (collage)

Piscivore (collage)

There was a face - Kupka (water color) - Homage to the artist František Kupka

There was a face – Kupka (water color) – Homage to the artist František Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) - Another nod to Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) – Another nod to Kupka

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) - Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) – Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Autumn glow (water , glitter paint)

Autumn glow (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

This was a repeat of a previous card:

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

I have started receiving cards, so I’ll post them after I’ve received all 10.

The paint is still wet

… and it’s untitled, but for the first time in weeks I have made some art. Another painting, started before major life changes took up my focus, time and energy, is in progress. I’ll get back to that, but this one just came in a rush. (See my other blog to see what has taken up my time and energy.)

No post cards for a while, but I hope to get back to mail art again when my new routine settles down.

Untitled, acrylic (painted mostly with my hands)

Untitled, acrylic (painted mostly with my hands)

 

It must be the heat

Not too much output yet this summer, for the usual reasons. Here’s this week’s work.  Apparently I’m into hot colors. Happy July!

Off-Center Boom. Had a scrap piece of round cardboard to play with. (Acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Off-Center Boom. Had a scrap piece of round cardboard to play with. (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Little Bang (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Little Bang (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Orange, red, purple (water color)

Orange, red, purple (water color)

Sailing the Cosmic Sea (water color, collage, stickers, confetti)

Sailing the Cosmic Sea (water color, collage, stickers, confetti)

The above began as the first version of “Orange, red, purple,” but it wasn’t working so I just played around with images until it became rather whimsical. (I rarely just give up and call a piece a failure–of course there have been some–but I usually try to push through until I get something pleasing or, if all else fails, fun.) I also just realized that each of these four pieces was an attempt to express the same idea, and “Orange, red, purple,” is the closest fulfillment of that vision. Also the simplest and quickest (and last) one. That’s often the way art is. It works best when you quit trying so hard.

Received a nice packet from Honi in New York state, including the scan of a weave, and the dear little purple envelope with butterflies on it and a tiny handmade book inside.

Image of a weave, from Honi

Image of a weave, from Honi

Little envelope and booklet with tiny "tickets" inside, from Honi.

Little envelope and booklet with tiny “tickets” inside, from Honi.