three trees--flexible and changing
Monday, May 31, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
So, in order to complement my traditional art methods, I'm diving into the world of Adobe CS5. It's both energizing and overwhelming to ponder all the buttons, processes, and options that such a high-powered piece of software offers. My head was spinning after today's Indesign meeting, but I was equally thrilled to explore some new horizons, and I can see that there will be many long nights ahead of me as I wrestle with all this techie knowledge. It's a good thing. It will keep my brain sharp, and it will make me more marketable as I venture into art licensing. Now... I need to find a way to make sure I get sketchbook and studio time---trying to keep the balance! ;)
Friday, May 21, 2010
A friend of mine just lamented over the marketing and business side of art and how it takes over her life, literally leaving nothing for creative endeavors. Well, this morning I feel the same way. I'm excited to be learning the licensing side of art and expanding my knowledge of design and illustration, but it's now 2:42 in the afternoon, and I haven't held a paintbrush today. I think I will have to limit the internet research and graphics free-play to a set number of hours, or else it will consume my brain and limit imaginative experimentation.
That being said, I have NO idea who is going to get this housework done! :) There's only so much of me to go around. LOL
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Woke up a bit groggy, but I painted this quick sketch in my moleskine as I sipped my morning tea. Now I'm out in the music room trying to play some Scottish and Irish fiddle pieces, but I definitely should practice more! (hold your ears--'tis painful)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Started with watercolors and ink, added collage and acrylics, colored pencils... still trying to like the image; sometimes images just don't speak so clearly--maybe the direction was just fuzzy.
Wanted to do some abstract paper weaving. Found a photograph page in an old Smithsonian magazine, so I cut it up and played with the colors in this two pages spread.
Monday, May 17, 2010
bird alone, flying high
flying through the clouded sky...
you'll be singing in the night
Okay, two loads of folded laundry is a good start. One load is currently spinning around in the dryer, so I figured it was safe to come in and finish up a journal spread. Abbey Lincoln's songs are always inspiring to me. "Bird Alone" set the mood for the pink-beige wash of acrylics in the background, followed by an abstract pencil sketch. I added the words as the song was playing--snippets of the lyrics.
That was what I sat down to this morning. The basic background. I realized that I wanted a bird image, so I started picking out the abstract shapes with my charcoal pencil, and then created the bird on the left side. It was interesting to use gouache over the background of acrylic, the gouache hovered on top of the paint layer and didn't disappear into the paper right away. I liked the effect. I then went back into the design with some free-form ink pen accents, and then sprayed the spread with workable fixative so it wouldn't smear in the small moleskine.
I'm feeling a bit obsessed with the charcoal pencil and watercolor combo right now... more to come. :)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
So, I'm supposed to be working on 2 additional flowers/birds greeting card designs, but I've been distracted by trying to figure out the Facebook privacy issues with regards to their new "community pages"---it seems like Facebook changes their policies so quickly, that it's a real chore to make sure they aren't violating any individual privacy rights. I'm getting tired of policing my wall and making sure that posts and photos don't get dumped into a community pool which I haven't agreed upon. Seems like it is more trouble than it's worth. Can you tell I like control? :)
So, enough griping. I only have a moleskine abstract doodle to post today--just some goofing around with charcoal and colored pencils, etc. I'm currently waiting for the Caramel Truffle coffee to finish brewing. I feel free to brew the "girlie" coffee (also known as flavored) when Jeff is out on the road. When he is here at home in the home office we do straight up Columbian, or something more manly I guess. HA HA! Whatever. I will enjoy my caramel truffle--and I'm going to dump in some French Vanilla creamer too--make it real super, uber girlie!!!!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday was Caitlin's final performance with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra where she had the privilege of performing the first movement of Mozart No. 5 as one of the season's concerto winners. It was a beautiful way to spend Mother's Day--filled with great music and time spent with friends who will long be remembered. Even though the day ended with tear-filled good-byes, the immense joy of having experienced seven beautiful years with this organization will be kept inside our hearts forever. Everything changes. The ebb and flow of the seasons of life. Waiting to see what happens next!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Ten minute watercolor sketch warm-ups today. Trying to work quickly without fussing--hoping to capture a moment, a vision that passes through brain as a distant memory. The words follow the colors and line--summer love under a blazing sun, dreams in daisy meadows, and returning home.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Each year I try to donate an original piece of artwork to the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's annual Gala Silent auction. This year I have framed an original floral watercolor in a black frame for their 2009-2010 season. Unfortunately, this will be our daughter's final concert with the FSYO, for she will be off to Yale in the fall, but we want to express our sincere thanks to the entire staff of FSYO and to the young musicians who were a part of our lives for so many years. We leave with fond memories and cherished friendships that will last a lifetime. Caitlin will be performing the first movement of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 this Sunday as a 2009 concerto winner. It will be a bittersweet ending to a wonderful musical journey.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Some pages just emerge one line at a time; no theme or direction... just a fine tip pen journey. Then the images ask for color and the mind wonders why the images appeared at all--so words try to explain, but in the end it seems to fit.
And sometimes, yes, the brain gets so far ahead of me, that I cannot recognize my soul.
Nurture you neurons. I guess the pages do not have to make sense to anyone else. ;)