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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happier Gouache


The other day I had the illusion of having a few hours of free time, so I used it to play, again, with gouache.

I probably should've been preparing a paper that's due Friday, or working on my Project. But I was painting a blue owl instead.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Re-runs

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS IMAGE AND ENJOY A BETTER VIEW.

Been working on a number of things not yet ready for sharage, so I decided to take a cue from the television world and offer up a re-run.

This here's called "Last Days of the Bourgeois Pigdogs" and I sold the original at a fund-raiser a couple years ago. Regrets. I always felt I knew my pigdogs better than anyone else could know them, and that also the piano-playing duck had an important backstory. Now I worry that they're all stuck in some guy's garage, being not merely misunderstood but completely silenced.

Now I'd like access to the part of my brain that produced this, but I believe the roads have been closed because of construction in another part of the city, so to speak. That's all right. This is a reminder that even if I amuse no one else, I entertain my own strange self.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Like my mud?


Ahh, muddy waters.
It can happen to us all. Especially those of us who work on manila-colored paper and dip our brushes in dirty water and don't take care of how colors are mixing on the palette.

By the way, it's not your eyes going bad here. I did in fact blur the text on this page. There were no deep dark secrets, but I had an uncharacteristic bout of sketchbook brooding, and I just preferred not to display that side of myself in public.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh, Hell: Gouache


I love gouache, but -- like onions and yoga -- gouache doesn't like me.
Yet.

Many artists through the ages have used this opaque watercolor to terrific effect. One of my favorites is Maira Kalman, whose quirkilicious illustrations you've seen on the cover of the New Yorker and, perhaps, in her own books.

Ditto for Roz at RozWoundUp, who is super-duper at birds and dogs in gouache.

Well, so I play occasionally, and try to get into the groove of opaque media (my brain does transparent more better). And when it doesn't quite work out, I just put notes to myself over the sketchbook page.

But I will not be defeated! More gouache to come, for sure.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More (finally!) from the Handmade Book class

Four of my artist colleagues gave me permission to reprint the work they made for our collaborative book with a theme of Distance. (See my last post if this is confusing.)

Isn't it cool how different they all are? Yes, I think so too.


ADAM SHOT THIS PHOTO ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON DURING A VERY VERY LONG WALK. HE MADE A CHEAP DIGITAL PRINT, THEN USED GEL MEDIUM TO TRANSFER THE PRINT TO COTTONY PAPER. IT'S A TIME-INTENSIVE PROCESS, AND HE HAD TO DO EACH OF 12 PRINTS IN THIS METHODICAL WAY.


AMBER CREATED THIS COLLAGE IN WHICH "DISTANCE" SPEAKS TO HOW HER FATHER WAS IN THE MILITARY DURING HER UPBRINGING. SHE USED A DIGITAL PROCESS CALLED XANTE TO CREATE PART OF THE IMAGERY HERE, THEN INKED AND PRESSED BY HAND.


LISA IS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A RUNNER. HERE, SHE INKED UP HER RUNNING SHOES AND RAN ACROSS ABOUT 7 FEET OF CRAFT PAPER. THEN SHE SCANNED THE PAPER AND REDUCED THE IMAGE IN SIZE, REPRINTING HERE DIGITALLY.


LUCY'S YOUNG LIFE HAS BEEN PUNCTUATED BY TRAIN TRIPS, AND SHE HAS A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS OF THE TRAINS. SHE DID THIS COOL PHOTO MONTAGE FROM THOSE.