Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Twitterpating Spring

Where the double hockey sticks have I been?  I've certainly been making most of the  first part of the year about FUN!  However, I have not neglected my duty to always make art because that's really the very most wonderful thing to do!

For one of my BFFs, who is also an artist, we came up with animals to do for each other each year in lieu of birthday, Christmas and other celebrations and call the day "Festivus"after an episode in the Jerry Seinfeld show.  This day is celebrated whenever we are ready - usually in spring. Mainly, we find each other little gifts on the theme and we also do our own art of the animal. 2014 was the Year of the Horse (my Chinese birth symbol) and I marked a milestone birthday (60), plus it was my turn to pick, so I felt the horse was apropo for the theme.

I love horses, but I've actually only ridden on one once when I turned 50 and my husband took me to Cancun.  I rode the horse "Sailor" out into the ocean at sunset - magical!  Even though I've not had much experience dealing and relating to horse (visiting farms, racetracks, westerns and nature shows) I've always loved this beautiful creature and everything it represents.  I decided I would make my friend an art Horse book like I once did with Hopi Spirits for another artist for the Secret Santa exchange. The pages are approximately 9" x 12" and are bounded by Japanese book binding and adorned with beads and feathers. Before binding the book, I sewed down each horse page except the cover and last page in different colored threads.  Then after binding the book, I then cut the pages open following the colored threads.  I had to loosen the book a little by placing weights on the pages so it'll be easier to open when I present it.  

Cover Page: Horses from the caves of Lascaux (Charcoal on watercolor tinted paper)

Spirit Horse - watercolor with use of Golden medium done using some of the Imago Intaglio methods. 

Dark Horse - Prisma colored pencils on blue watercolor tinted paper

Ocean horse - watercolor and gouache

Winter Horse - Watercolor with a bit of metallic watercolor splash

Spring Meadow Horse - a fauvish horse and landscape in watercolor

Last page - Horse Head Nebula in watercolors with use of metallic watercolors
 It came out pretty nice and I hope my friend likes it.  I certainly enjoyed doing it and may end up doing a series of art books.  Now it's time for me to have a little fun with no pressure except meeting the deadline - ATCS.  These are for the Favorite Artist Pat in which you do the other artists, with whom you'll be trading cards, favorite artists.  Sketching always takes the longest time but now they're ready to be painted. The brown one is cardboard and will be done in colored pencils.  By the IATC gallery, it looks like I'll be receiving some fantastic interpretations of Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele.  If I hurry with these, maybe I can get some geisha cards done next!
Clockwise from Left: Tamara de Lempicka, David Galchutt, Umberto Boccioni, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Audrey Kawasaki, Edgar Degas, Alice Neel

4 comments:

A Mynah Production said...

Wow! I thought the cover was leather! I love the cut out pages. Simply beautiful!

I have sketch envy! I would be happy to just have your unfinished sketches! :)

Rhonda Anderson said...

Likewise, your art is amazing! Thank you so much for the kind comments!

Rhonda Anderson said...

Likewise, your art is amazing! Thank you so much for the kind comments!

Gemini Norn said...

Your horse art book is great, a different world on each page connected by a theme they have in common. Beautiful.