Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

100 Days Project

I thought I would take today's post to explain my personal project choice and process a bit more. I am pretty cautious when it comes to sharing personal stuff online - and have been since 2005. That said my choice for this project came to me at a time off loss.  I felt that 100 days of taking an hour aside for reflection and illustrating a snippet of memories of my mom was a good thing.

I decided to use watercolor without pencil or ink and to distill the memory to a single image. I most often paint without drawing first - but - with some of these images a pencil would have been nice. That said I feel that my ideas of a memory can be portrayed best by not overthinking. This is both elusive and challenging. I have used references for some paintings, such as a vinegar cruet and a photo of a bookmobile.  There is a freshness for me to paint without drawing first, to make the brush the drawing tool.  To keep the fuzzy part of the memory intact. To let the feeling sink in and to remember.

By annotating the drawing/painting/illustration I have had the "pencil moment".  The writing part gives me a chance to be succinct about the memory and to add a little back story or detail. It is challenging and cathartic experience and yet a healing one all at the same time. The memories are worth keeping.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Around the Studio

Artist Adam Pearson and designer Rainer Schwake installing Que?!

 Friday marked our latest installation of sculpture by Adam Pearson. It's a big beautiful blue one gracing our newly adopted green space adjacent to our studios. Our outdoor room - one that we have big plans for this spring/summer sessions coming up! Our teen classes will play a part in it as will a few local artists. STAY TUNED for more details and photos of this lovely space!

Monday, May 2, 2016

My Society 6 sale!

Song of Spring (and other artwork) available as prints, totebags, pillows and cards at my Society 6 with free shipping till May 8th!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Day

8/100 May Day Baskets
May Day was always a special holiday for my mom. She helped us make may baskets out of old wallpaper sample books and fill them with flowers and candy for our friends. She'd drive us around to their houses and we would hang them on the door knob and then RING the bell and RUN! I love May Day too. Thanks mom! Want to make some too? Here's a tutorial from my old blog or find it in my Art for All Seasons book with a different twist and 39 other projects .