Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holy Hill

This painting was an uphill climb for me. I'm still not satisfied with it, but two months is enough floundering so I'm backing off, calling it done -- for now.

After a pencil thumbnail I put together this digital sketch.

Here's the pencil outline on watercolor paper.

My 10-year-old niece encouraged me to not give up, but I really didn't like how the greenery was going. I started adding angels.
Something substantial happened in the weeks between the green version above and this cloudy blue development. I'll never get the hang of painting trees.

I felt like there was a huge lack of focus in this version. Thus, the large angel was added (see image at the top of this blog) -- a surprise to the design undoubtedly. I'll let you know when this painting comes out of storage and back on the drawing board.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Blessing on Your Bike

Up at 4, can't sleep. The drawing board.

The design was thumbnailed weeks ago.

The digital sketch done days ago. (I love being able to lay out the sketch in PhotoShop. I used to use layers of tracing paper to adjust a drawing but PS refines faster.)

Now to paint.

I was nervous about this painting. My experience is with little light designs; my intention here was to paint with gouache, heavy coverage. To ensure I painted heavily I used watercolor paper that already had a coverage of paint on it (an earlier, unsuccessful project.)

Still looking at Chagal and a few children's books for illustration inspiration.

Somehow things don't feel complete without calligraphy so I did the calligraphy on a separate paper and overlaid it in PhotoShop.

This painting is now printed on a little gift card (2.5 x 3.5 inches). I was worried that the greens would print muddy in CMYK but the print operator let me work with him while it was on press. He did a great job and it came out well.

Send me a note and I'll mail one to you FREE.

Monday, October 31, 2011

A New Season of Art

I'm riding in a new direction this season with bike art.

Naw, not painting on bicycles (although that could be a blast), but painting some fantastical art featuring bikes. Here is my first little watercolor using a Trek Madone as model.

The Very Model

My husband is such a nice guy. Nothing he loves more than to help. He held up the bike while I photographed it so I could see it at an above-eye-level view. Here's the digital sketch using one of those photos. See his hands not quite erased?

Other bits of the sketch include the barn on my childhood farm, my biking buddy (in the reddish shirt), a Chagal angel (upper left), and a favorite little manga dog sketch.

Step by step.
As Easy as Falling Off a Bicycle

To be honest, I should show you my first watercolor effort of this idea. The bike and the yellow sun were competing so I painted out the big bike and let the sun shine. I've matted this to cover the left side of the painting.

So Where's the Calligraphy?

Gotta have words so here is the final version with a quotation from CJ Jung.

"But at this moment I came upon myself. Previously I had existed, too, but everything had merely happened to me. Now I happened to myself."

Yes, there are reproductions available of this art: 8.5x11 laser prints, but no cards as yet. The print is $19 plus shipping. 

More bike art to come!