Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Art Progress

"Faded Manuscript within Reality" by artist Arup Lodh, SDWS International Director's Postcard Award

I'm so excited to say that I've been juried into the 34th International Exhibition at the San Diego Watercolor Society.  This is the second time I've been accepted and juried in and I only need one more to go before I earn letters. The juror, Skip Lawrence, was very touched by my entry and  I also won a sweet award!  The Pre-Awards Show is this coming Saturday evening and is a fun event except that I dread going on stage to accept the award - it's my biggest fear - but at least I don't think I'll have to say anything, thank goodness. There's going to be a breakfast for all the accepted artists as well and that is such an honor and a privilege! The opening reception is on October 3rd from 5 to 8 pm at Liberty Station. It's also the first Friday and Liberty Station has all its artist galleries open as well as the Vision Arts Quilts opening reception in the same building.  This is my entry for this year's show and there's more on the story in previous post.  Anyone reading this and happens to be in town, you are more than welcome to come by and say hi!   The show is running for all of October. 
"Half Past Bloom" 22.50 x 25.50 " Watercolor on 300lb Hot Press Arches
My current work-in-progress is this large colored pencil piece of an underwater lily garden scene with a single koi. I love its almost abstract quality and I think I've composed this pretty well. I'm using my red mylar to check all my values while I'm in the process because there are so many greens and yellows.  It is done on 300lb Hot Press Arches and the base is now filled with waxed based Prismacolors.  The white areas have been masked with the white pencil to be scraped off with a blade and will be completed last.  This drawing/painting is in its ugly duckling stage.  The next step is to fire up the Icarus board and go over the wax base with Caran D'Ache and perhaps some Derwent to burnish and add more depth of color and details. Although it's a slow piece, I've broken the piece down by quartering it and working on a quarter before moving on to the next.  The fish I'll save for the last part.  This will be my project for the coming week and I hope to have it mostly completed by then so I can remove the masked areas.  I have some high hopes for it for the Colored Pencil Society's 2015 International Show.  I so want to go to Hot 'Lanta for the convention and also visit with my husband's family in Georgia.  
22.75 x 31 3/8 Colored Pencils on 300lb Hot press Arches on the easel

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hand Art and Day of the Dead!

St. Benedictus of Honor Skull
Chrysanthemum Skull
Flying Winged Skull
Zentangle Skull
Fire Horse

Although it's a month early, I'm always up for some spooky skull art!  These skulls are for a Pen & Ink Skull Swap and are done on 4 x 6 vellom surface Bristol paper.  It's been awhile since I've drawn strictly with pens in super detail and it was hard to resist the temptation of adding watercolors, but it's strictly forbidden!
The bejeweled skull is drawn using the St. Benedictus in Honor reference photo from an old issue of Smithsonian. What an amazing skull with its crowned jeweled headdress with ribbons and lace.  The rest of the skulls I made up with the Chrysanthemum skull representing the fall season, the flying winged skull because I like the idea of skulls flying around instead of being earth bound and this one is in space and having a blast, and finally I enjoyed zoning in and making a "zentangle" skull.  My husband wants a t-shirt of the flying winged skull, so it'll probably be further developed with full wings.  

I have had my hands literally full of art!  Those are my outlined hands with paintings of some animals and a sexy calavera.  The octopus is in it's 5th incarnation having been done in the Sketchbook Project and ATCs before, but this one is the best. I love hummingbirds and have a family who stops by the feeder in the morning and evening.  I've watched a particular female for 3 years and now, she has a handsome son who has her eyes and copies her moves and comes by for a drink. The fire horse was made for this Chinese year of the Horse and happens to be my Chinese birth year and I loved how it turned out.  I really wanted to keep this one for myself.  The sexy calavera is a good start for the coming spooky season and Day of the Dead is big in San Diego! 

There were a few more art swaps I participated in but won't show because it's just too much and yes, I've been having too much fun procrastinating and making gobs of mail art!  Now it's time to put all the fun, playful stuff away for now and go back to the huge pencil painting still in progress from two months ago.  I have high hopes for this one and plan to enter it into the International Colored Pencil Show for 2015. Colored pencils take so much time and this painting/drawing is not even at 50% so time to get to work! 

On a good note, I received exciting news about my watercolor painting and will announce it towards the end of the month!