Monday, May 16, 2016

Drawing #69 - Come Back Safe

This month and the last of April have been exciting. This is the fourth drawing completed and a new one is taking shape. #69 has been in the works for a long time progressing only in fits and starts. I began a new, even larger, drawing and when I began to apply a little watercolor to it, I looked at the other and suddenly saw how it was begging for more color. That was easy with watercolor and collage followed quickly. That provided the title (although it actually reads "comes back safe") that seemed to be what one would need from exploring the drawing. More work on this drawing seemed to bring it all out. So, follow into it, but please, heed the title! The collage is from an old, deteriorating book of Tennyson's "The Princess." The drawing is on 12 x 16" watercolor paper. This is the largest size, except for one, I've done these drawings.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Drawing # 68 - brown leaf papa

Back to the 8 x 10" sketchbook, this drawing's color comes from acrylic paint and collage. I used various pens for the ink. When the color was established I found the bit of word list in my mother's elementary reader and immediately knew it was meant for this image and its title. Strangely, though it is much smaller, it reminds me a bit of an earlier drawing, "Somebody's Mother." This should really be a lot of fun for you! See where it takes you.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Drawing #67 - The Power of Spring

Long in the works, "The Power of Spring" came to a conclusion at the perfect time to celebrate burgeoning spring, even hearing Yellow Warbler and Baltimore Oriole in the yard this afternoon. The drawing is on a 9 x 12 inch sketch pad done with watercolor paint, colored pencil, inks, and collage. Some of the collage is from my mother's shorthand textbook and includes "spring" in a word list.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Drawing #66 - So Proud

Last week I took my 8x10 sketchbook to a genealogy conference with a page started to work on. It includes a bit from a children's reader where I saw the words "so proud." They seemed to fit the design very well. I like working this size while waiting for talks to start and the drawing was nearly done by the time I came home. It's done with inks, colored pencils and collage. I have larger ones in the works, but this is the first finished in 2016. "So Proud" is sure to spark your imagination!