Posts Tagged ‘birds’

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!


January 28, 2013

Watercolor sketching wrens.  I love seeing them at the bird-feeder. These guys need a background but I doubt they will get one.  Think I will make at least one into a card.Image

nest egg #4

January 16, 2013

For the last couple of years, I have had, in one corner of my studio, a jumbled mess (actually the whole studio is a jumbled mess, hence this blog’s name).  But I am tired of looking at this particular mess.  I have been saving twigs and raffia to make another nest egg, this one for me since the first 3 were given away.  I made it tonight.


That corner is now clean.  I have retired from nest building.

Last night was spent sketching on scrap paper.


I am trying to get in the habit of creating daily.  Bunny and eggs, I think I am also ready for spring.

ostrich beauty

November 2, 2012

Imagine this face inspiring me to do a watercolor for the first time in several days.

It reminds me of  another “beautiful” bird, the turkey.  I was driving in the mountains recently and slowed for a small flock of turkeys in the road.  The turkeys were really interested in me or my car and, just like a country dog, chased me down the road, staying right at my side for 200 feet or so.  Is that typical behavior for a turkey?

Cutting Silhouettes

October 20, 2012

I haven’t cut silhouettes in some time but I spent some time looking on eBay at silhouettes, thinking I want to hang some on my stairway wall with other black and white stuff.  I want vintage but true-cut silhouettes of individuals, not the fake 18th century ones mass produced.  I really know nothing of them, but I figured if they come in pairs of male and female with big powdered wigs, they probably aren’t done by a silhouette artist sitting on the street or at a department store cutting profiles for Mother’s Day gifts.  (My own love of silhouettes began when I happened to be in the children’s department of Rich’s when my kids were little and there was a woman cutting silhouettes.  I had her cut ones of  my kids and they are one of my favorite possessions.)

I pulled out black and white paper (you cut looking at the white paper, it is really hard to see what you are doing on the black paper).  Just using the scissors (no drawing allowed!), cut the profile of the person you are looking at.  Even though I long ago lost my silhouette scissors, I was pleased to see that I am not so out of practice considering how long it has been since I have done this and I had to use a crafting pair of scissors.

One of these is Ken, can you tell which?


For fun, I cut a bride and groom silhouettes of my lovely young friends, Joseph and Adrianne who recently got married.  These don’t really do them justice, but I thought they were so fun.


Here is a bird I did a while back.  I put it on an old photograph mount, wish I had more of those.

And here is a vintage silhouette I paid a dollar or so for.  It is so small and very finely cut.


don’t judge me by the color of my wool…

May 7, 2012

A needle felted pink bird that we all agree looks more like a Monsieur  than a Madame.  I guess  stance and beret make a man more than color… He is 5.5 inches tall, standing on a “soft rock” and his beret is an acorn cap.

evening painting

April 17, 2012

Watercolors create fast portraits.  I did this one this evening.

Compare that to linoleum block reduction printing.  I worked on a little (4″x5″) block based on a drawing of some of my little felted birds.  I used 4 colors of ink, plus the white paper.  It has taken me hours to come up with 12 relatively decent prints.  This is my favorite, I like the offsetting of the ink colors.  But overall, I was disappointed with them.  I wanted a whimsical feel, what I got was too simplistic.

Maybe I should stick to watercolor for a while.

Carving blocks is so much fun though, and I did just get this fabulous book, The Printmaking Bible, for my birthday…  Guess I will try it again.

stitching on paper

March 8, 2012

An experiment that I feel has potential.  I free motion embroidered on top of a simple collage of papers.  I did not plan to put the bird on it, I just kept going and this is how it turned out.  I think I will do another and put more thought into it.  Maybe even do some thumbnail sketches!

Bird’s Nest Medley

February 23, 2012

Here is my latest free motion embroidery.  It developed a somewhat haunted quality that wasn’t my intention.  I intended it to represent the beginning course of  life but it seems to be wrapping up the end of life instead!

It measures approximately 6 inches x 13 inches.

happy new year!!!

January 21, 2012

A bit late, sorry.  But I am in time for Chinese New Year which is Monday, January 23 this year.  I learned it is a celebration of upcoming spring, I liked that.   I had such plans… none of which I have carried to fruition.   It will all come at some point.  Maybe.  I am trying not to stress over it.

Had some free time this week to do a bit of painting.  (Free time seems so difficult to come by these days.   I can’t catch up much less advance.  This seems to be my continual complaint.  Is this my age????)

These are done in acrylic, on 10″x10″ canvas.

I have been spending too much time on the internet looking at various artists work.  Exposure to so much amazing art is not good for my ego.  I have so far to go!  But looking at other’s art is inspiring also.  After looking at a couple of paintings in a gallery, I am so ready to go home and “try” that!

This is my goal this year.   Spend more time creating narrative compositions.  I enjoy creating these little paintings and stitcheries, but I need to expound to capture a feeling, moment, story, sensation… and to push myself further along.  All encouragement in that direction is welcome!