Wednesday, December 28, 2011

pearl ~ watercolors, oil pastels and gouache on old paper

looking at pearl i'm reminded of the words of henry miller in the video 'to paint is to love again'...

i look at it and i say "did i do this or did somebody else do it?" ... i say often about my writing, i read certain passages and i'm impressed and i say "henry, did you write this?"

lulu, pearl and jeweliette

i haven't been able to get a good pic of jeweliette by herself, so i'll show her as she sat near my chair with pearl and lulu. and yes, with jeweliette too, i could say "lynne, did you paint that?!"


a belated happy birthday to you, henry - born on december 26, 1891.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

lulu ~ watercolors, gouache and oil pastels on old paper - approx. 3" x 4 1/2"

it looks like lulu might pick a fight with the next person that wanders by! i've painted ten faces on these cards now and they've all been a joy, even feisty lulu...

on december 19th the sun shown in my art room windows illuminating it entirely. the same thing happened yesterday as the sun was in the same position it was in before the solstice. i know, i know, the sun's not actually moving, it's the earth - but it certainly looks like it's the sun! i love to watch the movement of the sun, especially at this time of year...

the wall behind my chair - that red thing is a blanket on the back of my chair...

i snapped a lot of pics, ha! this is what was on the table. it's a 7" x 9" sennelier journal that this lovely person gave to me. i'm really enjoying working on a bigger page... and i'm getting close to finishing another pocket moleskine, and still painting on the cards. i like the diversity of it all...

i don't have a link to the sennelier journal - i'm not sure if they are available online. i've just discovered stillman and birn journals, though, which seem very promising. click on 'paper specifications' (top right on the home page) to quickly see what kinds of papers are used in their journals.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

the golden light girl ~ watercolors, gouache and oil pastels on old paper

i wish you all a joy and light filled holiday season!

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“Art happens – no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.”

~ James McNeil Whistler


Sunday, December 18, 2011

holy dolly ~ watercolors, oil pastels and gouache on old paper

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paul klee was born on this date in 1879. i thank the fantastic tumblr 'ordinary finds' for this quote and image...

“Color has got me. I no longer need to chase after it. It has got me for ever. I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour.”

~ Paul Klee

Thursday, December 15, 2011

rose ~ oil pastel, derwent drawing pencil, graphite on old paper

with faces like this i learn so much about the power of line; about darkening parts of the outline of the face, eyes, etc, to pull the eye here or there. in this case i used an 8B pencil for that. i love these pencils - i now have three of them! one for every spot where i might sit down and draw...

everything that i used for rose's face... the oil pastel is a cream caran d'ache neopastel.

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"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ”

~ Pablo Picasso


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

harriet ~ watercolors, gouache and oil pastels on old paper

taking these pics outside in direct sun makes them appear brighter and harsher than they really are. harriet's a little softer in real life...

those bits of light brown/tan on the inside corners of her eyes are raw sienna. that and raw umber have become two of my favorite colors. her eyebrows and hair are raw umber.

getting ready to cut out a card... as you can see, i'm gluing the bits of paper to pages from 'the merry men'.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

lunette ~ watercolors, gouache, oil pastels & matte gel medium on old paper

sunday??? i thought it was saturday until an hour ago...

the faces have come back 'round, as has paint in all its glory!

delight, delight!

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RespectfullyR. Rauschenberg


Thursday, December 8, 2011

prismacolor pencils and matte gel medium on old paper

oh how i do appreciate the simple joy of pencils...


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

watercolors, gouache, colored pencils and matte gel medium on old paper

this hexagon is one of the many things that have come from my exploration of hexagons/honeycomb, which started here. at the time i had no idea that synchronicity would present me with so many opportunities to learn more about them! one of the latest things i read is that some scientists feel that it's the frequency (i.e. resonance) of the hexagonal shape that calls bees back to the hive - it's what they hone in on. i don't seek these things out - they just pop up out of (seemingly) nowhere! before this all started i'd never thought about the fact that there is a star tetrahedron inside a hexagon...

in case you're wondering what i'm using for a template for these cards, it's a card from the rumi tarot deck. it's about 2 3/4" x 4 1/2". the artwork is by nigel jackson, and there are a lot of great images in the deck.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

watercolors, prismacolor pencils & matte gel medium on old paper

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shaman today after eating two carrots


Thursday, December 1, 2011

prismacolor pencils and matte gel medium on old paper

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“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”

~ Ursula K. LeGuin via tumblr