Archive for February, 2013

memories

February 26, 2013

I spent the evening reading old journal entries.  I couldn’t keep a journal until I decided I would write it for one special person, my future (maybe?) great grandchild.  That made it easy to think of what to write.  I wrote things that I wish I knew about my great grandparents.  My aunt recently told me that she wrote her memories of her children and grandchildren and gave them as birthday gifts this past year.  How clever of her to think of such a wonderful gift!  I am always surprised that my kids don’t remember things from their early days, or when their memory is flavored with the telling and retelling of stories.  But isn’t that the way it is for all of us.

My mother talked a lot of memories during her last months.  She didn’t share memories (she shared plenty over the years), rather she talked of  what memories were, of how our perspective of an event so totally affects a memory.   My memory of an event from childhood may be very different than my sister’s memory of the same event.  But both of them are true, who is to say your memory is wrong?

The other writing I do is note taking while listening to sermons in church.  Those notes include lots of doodling.  Sometimes a sermon inspires very visual notes, other times not so much.  I am not sure what inspired this fish!  Can’t remember from the notes!

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Here is another watercolor portrait I worked on last weekend.  Added some finishing touches tonight, mainly to keep me up past 9 pm!

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This is on aquabord, 8″x8″.

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first prints from my baby press

February 22, 2013

 

I haven’t had the time to carve any new linoleum blocks but I so wanted to play with my new Utrecht Baby Press, so I used very old blocks and tried printing.  Theses were the best of the bunch.  I like the bird printed on watercolor testing scraps, a leftover from architectural rendering and trying to find an ideal paint color for siding on a house.  See, there is a reason I save scrap paper!  Who can tell me who the gentleman is?  Anyone?  (I hope so, means my portraiture skills need improving if you cannot tell that is Wm. Shakespeare!)first-printing-with-baby-prI think the press does a pretty good job of making contact with the paper.  I also played with “engraving.”  I drew on aluminum foil in preparation for my children’s Bible study class and then rubbed ink on the engraved side and ran it through the press.  It actually made an image!  I am going to buy some heavy duty foil and try it again!

For 2013, those same Bible study kids made a block printed calendar from drawing on styrofoam plates.  Here are three randomly selected months.  They are all wonderful and I love seeing the calendar hanging in my kitchen!February-2013 May-2013 July2013

Wondering why 27 is not showing up in July???  Hope I fixed that on the final printing!

Woman #14

February 16, 2013

Last Saturday was spent in bed with a bout of stomach flu and fever.  My pour husband.  Today was so much better.  I received a wonderful  Utrecht Baby Press for St. Valentine’s Day (he really loves me!).  I cannot wear it around my neck or on my finger but it is so much more fun to play with than jewelry!  I pulled out old cut lino blocks and ran a few prints to see how it works.  It is a little persnickety but if you run the plate though with care, it will give you an even, good quality print and is a whole lot quicker and easier than using the back of a spoon!  But I am not an expert yet and did get a little frustrated, so after a while I put it away and pulled out my watercolors.  It has been a while since I had the whole day to just play with art supplies!  Here is my watercolor.

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Woman #14  8″x8″

I hope your day has been as fun as mine.

Super Bowl Sunday

February 3, 2013

It is Sunday and they happen to be playing something called the Super Bowl and I was able to spend the day in the studio.  This is the result – a super bowl chicken.  It is pastel and larger than a sheet of print paper, I am proud to say.  I have only been doing small things lately and I want to paint/draw/create larger, but just haven’t convinced myself to do anything that will take longer than a couple of hours.  Well, this didn’t take much longer than that and it was super fun pulling out pastels.  These were my mother’s pastels (mine are buried under hers) and hers were, I am sure, organized the way she liked them.  I just used what was on top.  And that was mostly Sennielier.  Oh, the pleasure of using Sennelier soft pastels…  What an inheritance!

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