Tag Archives | Portrait

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Watercolor: Love Kitchen (& Social Media as your Front Porch)

There are good and bad things about social media. If you’d like to hear why I love social media – as it relates to connecting with my global community, personally & professionally, read on… This post applies to sharing, but I’m writing about it from a broad, aerial view. If you’re looking for verbiage specific to art making, stay tuned for the next post. 🙂 Back in the day, before social media, many homes in America were built with deep, wrap-around front porches adorned with all manner of chairs, love seats and rugs. Families spent summer evenings sprawled with books & beverages in cushioned wicker chairs, or dozing on squeaky bench gliders. Neighbors strolling the ‘hood stopped to sit on the …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Novella (& an essay on the distraction of email)

I stayed in an old mill on a river, converted to a Bed & Breakfast Inn, while attending a friend’s wedding in Massachusetts a few years ago, and the background interior of this painting came from photos I took in my room that weekend. The figure was added to the scene from snapshots taken with a model about a decade ago. Do you ever mix and match your reference photos from different times, locations and figures to create new, imagined scenes? The books I listened to (and thoroughly enjoyed) while painting this watercolor:   If you’re struggling with time management, and checking & re-checking email plays a …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Laptop Nightlight (& encouragement to finish your art)

I love art featuring readers. I have a pinterest board of inspiring paintings of people and their books, and our descendants collecting imagery of this subject will likely include paintings and drawings of people curled around laptops, balancing nooks & ipads on their laps, and sitting contentedly under headphones. I finished listening to the audio book The Greater Journey by David McCullough while painting this little night time watercolor of a reader (above), and started The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I’m painting street scenes from Provence, so the book’s very french flavor fits the art in process. 🙂 For this week’s #linklove post, I’m featuring Mr …[Continue reading]

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Woodcut: Sunset Sail (& the Folly Cove Designers)

Do you and I share an interest in all things handmade? The net is rich with thought-provoking articles about WHY we love hand-made, so that tells you lots of other folks are thinking and talking about it too. I’m grateful for the flourish of community and friendships with like-minded artisans, crafters and DIY aficionados online, all accessible through our phones via ever-changing & rapidly advancing technology. 🙂 As both a consumer and a maker, I love the search for and adoration of other maker’s creations; it’s a whole forest of inspiration. Swells of interest in arts & crafts repeat through time in cycles, going back to Medieval days.  Creative communities are often regional, …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Drinks at the Reception (& Artists on Facebook)

There are so many artists sharing art on Facebook, the affirmation that beauty is a necessity scrolls down my feed in an avalanche of encouraged inspiration. Do you know about art Groups and Pages on Facebook?  In addition to individual artist’s Pages, like these by Frank Eber,  Mario Robinson,  Hollis Dunlap,  Nick Wroblewski,  Mary Whyte and mine, there are also people who put time and effort into harvesting (exclusively) other artists’ work to share on Pages. What a gift! Check out this teeny full color sketchbook devoted to Toulouse Lautrec! If you visit Gradimir’s  Facebook page, you’ll see others like it featuring Van Gogh and Bob Dylan.There are tons …[Continue reading]

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Adding Watercolor to Woodcut Prints

Watching Flowers Grow 5.75×4.5 Woodcut with watercolor Adding Watercolor to Woodcuts Have you ever considered adding watercolor to your linocuts, and wood block prints? If you print in single colors, you can add full color to a block print after the ink dries. But it depends on the ink, so read on. See some examples of relief prints with watercolor added in this post, and this one. Read the details on the inks you plan to use before you add watercolor or wet media to the prints. Not All Inks can be Painted One thing to be aware of if you use water-washable …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor Portrait: Something to Say (& a Ken Auster video)

I started this watercolor portrait over a year ago in my previous studio. Then I packed and moved, and forgot about it till I cleaned and purged the clutter in my current studio last week. (How many unfinished art projects do you have stuffed into cupboards and drawers and shelves?) Part of the clean up last week involved mounting a foam-insulation panel (leftover from my daughter’s quilt wall design project) on one of my studio walls to tack art-in-process up, so I can work while standing, and step back to squint & check values, etc. I have a beautiful easel for that, but the …[Continue reading]