Monday, June 16, 2014

WIP ~ Underwater Garden

With this painting, I'm using two of my own photo references to make this underwater composition and switching from watercolors to colored pencils. It's an ambitious piece measuring 30.5" x 23" on 300lb hot press watercolor paper.  Currently, it's in its baby ugly stage right now and will be for some time - it looks to be 25% completed.  After the color has been blocked in, I'll heat up the Icarus board with a blender to burnish the colors so that no white can be seen through.  Can you see the koi fish drawn in the lower right hand corner?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Secret Solstice - Art Junkie

Art Junkie has so many diversified interests, it was a difficult to narrow it down to just a few subjects.  I adore this talented lady and have always been inspired by her Mesa Verde spirit people.  She knows so much about them and their culture.  I wanted to do something to honor her and her love of them, but first is this little gift for her.  She likes UFOs in a whimsical landscape, so I did a postcard of Mt. Fuji with cherry blossom trees just beginning to blossom on a snowy evening.  The only thing missing is Godzilla.

The next gift is my "big" present.  It's a watercolor book (8.5" x 11") of the Anasazi/Hopi Indians, their Gods/Goddesses and the Spirits who advised them along with their symbols, and the San Francisco Mountains and the Blue Star Comet.  The book, along with the subsequent pages, opens from the middle. For the cover, I used washi tape and Japanese book binding with additional embellishment of beads and feathers. Except for the last page, all the pages were painted first, then sewn around the spirit and I left the different colored threads hanging down.  After the book was binded together, I then cut each page, following the stitching line to reveal the next page and so on. I was excited and so pleased with how this came out, and now I want to make one for myself.

Anastasi Petroglyph Cover

1st Page - Eototo with side panels depicting Hopi pottery designs

2nd Page - Tawa

3rd Page - Conchiti

4th Page - Toho

5th Page - Kokopelli

6th Page - Pahana

Last Page - San Francisco Mountains with the Blue Star Comet