Sunday, May 30, 2021

Drawing #100 - Suddenly Feathers

 An oversized card, this drawing is still probably bigger than the early ones. The scraps from a book had the words suddenly and feathers, but the feathers didn't survive the glue stick, but it's still the name. Really liked doing a color background with acrylic paint and a liquid gesso.



Saturday, August 22, 2020

Drawing #99 - They Had Hoped

 Well, I'm back. The beginning of March was fabulous! I had a piece in a members' exhibit that opened the night of March 6 and that was exciting. Then I attended a two-day workshop in mixed-media collage over the weekend. This was wonderful and very stimulating. I did several pieces during the class and one small one I really like just after. And then the pandemic started shutting everything down. Somehow I've only managed to do drawings as birthday cards, one in May and one in June, since. Until now.

 The new drawing continues the previous numbering without counting anything from the time of the workshop. The beginning lines were from my memory of drawing drooping daffodils in the spring but quickly took their own direction. The collage uses parts of a page from my mother's accounting textbook, some from her elementary reader and a little from a nature magazine. The title is in the reader text but it could also have been "fear of trouble." The base is 14" x 11" Bristol paper that is sturdy and bright. I used ink, acrylic paint, colored pencil, and watercolor.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Drawing #98 - On the Rocks

My usual paper elements, ink, acrylic paint, watercolor pencil and colored pencil are joined here with a red thread. The title comes form the text of an elementary reader and inspired some  of the design. (And I didn't misnumber this but gave #97 to a drawing I started before this one but haven't finished). It is on 12" x 9" watercolor paper that was primed with a dilute transparent (and matte) gesso. Remember to click on the image to see it larger.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Drawing #96 - Bountiful

I gathered material to draw last year, a big basket, huge pine cone, gourd, etc. The result was more conventional than usual and I seem to have forgotten it in the 14 x 11" pad I used until I started #95 last week. This week I did some more with it and felt it was complete. It is unusual in having no writing either of mine or from old books. I think you can find hidden meanings and still enjoy the setting.


I did start another drawing this time using a sheet of 14 x 11" Bristol paper from the classroom. I've now bought a pad of this type as it seems really good. Here's a peek at the beginning of the new one.


Drawing #95 - All Their Powers

This is a little different in shape, on 14" wide paper but not the full 11" tall. I used some wonderful reddish papers in the collage and it demanded this treatment. The title is found in the text of the old book paper. Click on the image to enlarge.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Drawing #94 - Float Free

This is another 12x9 watercolor paper. I began with clear wax crayon to create a resist pattern then used my new pearlescent paints over the resist. Next I began collage and some watercolor pencil. Because of the paint, it has a different look depending on the angle of viewing. I like its light, airy feeling. As always, click on the image to view it larger.


After finishing two pieces the same day I started a new one in class that just grew seemingly on its own ideas. It is so far a narrow horizontal image. I don't know where it will go from here as it seems almost complete.


Drawing #93 - You Can Fly

This is a 12 x 9" watercolor paper with a gesso and acrylic base, collage, watercolor pencil, pearlescent paint, and ink. It began with a drawing of a wild turkey in flight, but isn't meant to be realistic, just a suggestion of being airborne. I was happy to work with these warm colors and the ink mostly in brown rather than black.

It will look better if you click on the image to see it larger.