working through

Starting with an out-of-focus black-and-white photo from the late 1940’s (husband’s family). Four versions. Each very informative to me. The perhaps“silliest” version (#3) contained the most emotional content, which I tried to put into version 4. What do you think?

version 1

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version 2

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version 3

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version 4

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21st century Bob Ross: Jose Trujillo!

Looking for a new direction for myself. I spent some fun time this week learning floating ink paper marbling (“suminagashi”):

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Then I looked for “contemporary landscape oil painting” and found the 21st century Bob Ross: Jose Trujillo! This video link is 11:00 minutes of a conversation between Mr. Trujillo and his young son, Monet, WHILE painting a landscape! It’s very sweet and I really liked his loose brushwork and colors!

My first attempt at a Trujillo! (16×24,oil)

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illustration

I’m “drawn” to illustration (sorry-not sorry!). My first exposure to art was picture books and I was born around the time of “the golden age” of children’s book illustration: Robert McCloskey, Ludwig Bemelmans, Ernest Shepherd, Virginia Lee Burton. Wonderful stuff!

And I was brought up with The New Yorker – whose illustrated covers were almost always stories, and very often stories with a wink attached.

So I realized (later) all that came into play when I got the idea for this: a mash-up of a photo of a Swedish girl and her fuzzy dog, and an Edward Hicks ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ poster that has hung in my home for 30+ years.

(not quite done . . .)

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experiment

So, this was the challenge I set up for myself. Start with a warm-up. Warm up is using graphite on 24×36” paper. Warm up is drawing with my whole arms (a graphite stick in each hand) making as many different kinds of marks as I can, but without a plan. Just moving.

Part two: using an eraser only, pull out a self-portrait. No adding any more lines. And do it ten times.

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Part three: after 10 times I allowed myself to add in more lines. Still thinking about it. hmmmmm.

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snow week

With some jobs, you get a snow day. I took a snow week. (Hey, there’s still snow in my yard – that counts.) Didn’t get to the studio to paint, but sketched on light rail and painted one chicken this week.

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