"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Eco Printing Leaves on Paper

I spent the afternoon eco-printing Autumn leaves on watercolor paper. So pleased with the results! The method involves pressing the leaves between layers of bundled paper and steaming them in a kettle for several hours. The tannin from the leaves transfers and imprints onto the paper. My plan is to bind these pages into a book. This is one of three batches I made today.   
Art and Nature combined.






Friday, September 1, 2017

Urban Sketching

 August was a wonderful month to be outside sketching.   One of my favorite places to go is a little local park in the heart of our town.   Some of my previous posts show sketches of historical homes that surround this park.
  I realized that I had never sketched the bandshell structure, so that was my focus when our Tuesday Sketchers group met at the park last week.
  The little red "caboose" below is a food vendor that participates in our Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, and was suggested for a sketching session, by a good friend.  We enjoyed good coffee and live music that morning, as we sat and filled the pages of our sketchbooks.  
 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Landscapes in Watercolor


These are little 6x6" watercolor landscapes that I've been working on lately.  
I find the small format so inviting for quick studies.  







Sunday, January 15, 2017

Acrylics on Canvas

Barn Owl

Raven - Distant Storm

Lionel with Prey

These are a few of the acrylic paintings on canvas that I've completed over the last year.  
I enjoy switching from one medium to another on a frequent basis, and have been on a roll lately with acrylics and oils, alternately.   I seem to prefer oils for landscapes and plein air work, but gravitate to acrylics for larger, more illustrative work. 

Fox Paintings


Two Fox paintings, Acryic on canvas.

The top one recalls a chance encounter in the woods.  I was hiking and a fox met me on the trail.  We both sat within a few feet of each other for quite a while, just staring.  It was wonderful to be able to look so closely at the beautiful fox in front of me.  It's eyes were so compelling !  At last, the fox made a little sniffing sound, turned and calmly walked back down the trail.  Apparently we had come to some sort of agreement.   I turned around and returned respectfully back down the trail.  The painting is called Messenger in the Woods.

The second painting was done later.  I just couldn't stop thinking about foxes, so decided to paint another.  I haven't given this one a title yet.



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