Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spread 1

Close up

I'm enjoying working in my new Ancient Colors Journal. With just a handful of colors, I'm playing with texture and composition.

Here is the first spread.

Full spread


Friday, April 19, 2013

New Art Journal

Art Journal
6" x 8"
Front cover

This is the new art journal I made to explore my current fascination with just 4 colors. I cut a small 9” x 12” painting on watercolor paper to fit as the covers. It feels wonderful since I mixed some gesso into the paint. It feels rough and I love how it turned out.

Wanting to try Stonehenge paper and using canvas boards as covers, this sewn-over-tapes journal has both. Loved how the tapes don’t show and distract from the covers, something I only thought of a few days before I bound and sewed and glued it together.

Back cover

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ancient Colors

While enjoying my reunion with acrylics, I started playing around with muted colors and really loved it. Several paintings emerged from my watercolor block, including this one:

Call of the Ancient
14” x 20”
Acrylic on paper

But it wasn’t enough. I wanted something small and intimate, where you could see the smallest marks and also touch texture on a page. Influenced by a book we received at the library about aerial photographs of ancient sites, I got excited about using this limited palette and making a book to explore more possibilities. It was further enhanced when I took photos on the walking trail and Nature seemed to imitate Art.

Mud Patterns
Digital photograph

I don’t know how long I’ll be enchanted with these colors and their limits. But while the Muse is calling me to explore this, I’m heeding and listening. It might lead to another art journal or a few canvas pieces.

Or I could switch colors.

Or exhaust my interest and ideas quickly.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Back to Acrylics!

After almost three months playing with watercolors, I’ve gone back to acrylics. At first, I plunged back with my familiar bright colors and palette.

Insomnia Monster
14” x 20”
Acrylic on paper

Then, I began moving in a very different direction.

Stay tuned!