Monday, May 6, 2019

X, Y and Z

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"X Marks the Spot"

A point of interest is usually placed in a particular spot in a composition
to make the overall image more pleasing to the eye.

You can find these spots by dividing the composition
into threes - vertically and horizontally.

A best spot for the focal point is where any two lines intersect.

This spot is also known as the sweet spot or
X marks the spot.

Of course,  rules are meant to be broken.

Watercolor Batik / 12X16 (30.4X40.6cm)

If you want to emphasize symmetry,
if you want your subject to confront the viewer,
or if you just like the way it looks,
break the rule.

. . . . .

"Y is for Yupo"

Yupo paper has a slick, non-porous surface a lot like glossy photo paper.
If you have control issues, it might not be for you,
but it is loved by the alcohol ink crowd.

Alcohol ink on Yupo

Alcohol ink on Yupo

If you want to see how to make ink silhouettes,
click here.

. . . . .

"Z is for Zebra"

Watercolor Batik / 8X10 (20.3X25.4cm)

Zebra - a favorite wild thing.

If you want to see how to make a watercolor batik,
click here.

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I'm going to southern California in a few days to visit family until the last week of May. 

Since our dog Cobie is too old to board at a kennel, 
Tim and a friend will be dog sitting at home - 
just the guys for a couple of weeks. 

Hope you have a safe, happy month!  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

W is for Where

"Look Into My Lips"
Pastel / 12X12 (30.4cmX30.4cm)

W is for where.  Where to look.  I just wanted you to look at her lips :)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

V is for Vintage

Sketchbook Revival / Mixed Media / 7X5

"The question isn't who's going to let me;
it's who's going to stop me."
Ayn Rand

Another Sketchbook Revival lesson; this time from Australian artist Toni Burt.
The lesson was a mixed media vintage girl.  She doesn't really look that vintage to me, but that's okay.  I loved the assignment.

I'm a little behind in the lessons because the sun was shining and the Oregon coast was calling.

These are a few photos taken yesterday.

 Hope you're having a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

U is for Unusual

Sidewalk crack drawings

These silly figures were inspired by a couple of books written by Seattle artist Carla Sonheim: "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists" and "Drawing & Painting Imaginary Animals."  

 The drawings haven't been "embellished" yet, but they're kind of interesting starts.

The animals were made while doing one of Carla's exercises called "Exploring Sidewalk Cracks."

What you do is take some photographs of cracks in the sidewalk or street and bring them home for a look.  The object is to find pictures or images in the cracks just like you found pictures in clouds when you were a child.

These would make great cards or art pieces (nursery art, mixed media, ACEOs, ...) once finished.

I also signed up for the free annual online Sketchbook Survival workshop.  And guess who was teaching on the first day of instruction?  Carla.  And guess what Carla was teaching? Yes, sidewalk crack animals. 

Might not be too late to sign up, if you're interested.  The classes started just a few days ago and they feature two artists per day.  The free video tutorials have been running about 30 minutes each & will be available for the duration of the workshop (ends May 4th).  Lots of fun.

Carla can also be found on her blog.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

T is for Tube

... as in YouTube.

An out of town friend is here for a visit.

Hope to see you soon.

Monday, April 8, 2019

R is for Rhinoceros

Rhino / 5X7 / Watercolor

When human beings were granted dominion over animals, I doubt that meant we have some self-serving right to torture and exploit them.

I was thinking of doing something different for the letter "R" until I read a story in the New York Times about consequences; human consequences for poaching.

The headlines read, "Rhino Poacher Killed by Elephant and Eaten by Lions, Officials Say." Here's the story if you care to see it:  New York Times.