Friday, February 29, 2008

Page A Day, February 15-26, 2008

This is so frustrating. These images won't line up, but I really don't want to spend precious time lining them up. You can still get the idea of them either way. Enjoy.

When I finally back in the studio space, I hope to make these a little more mixed media. In the meantime, I got some great pens that actually write on this coated paper (next year, I would love if Moritz Zwimpfer Colour Calendar 2008
came uncoated! -- I can dream, can't I?) My only complaint is that they are a little too neon for me, but I have to say, that I love how they bounced off the page on the February 21 car drawing (the scan doesn't do it justice).

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Drawing A Day, 2.26.2008

I am not feeling it today. I got really frustrated with this one today. I need to remember that I am not going to like everything I do. One thing I do like is the time limit. I worked on this for about an hour, but felt good that I had spent time trying before I gave up, but I felt ok stopping as well. That's it for today.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Drawing A Day, 2.22.2008

To start off, I am having a hard time scanning these if and when I scrape into the clayboard at all, so I don't believe this is an accurate depiction.

This was my first time drawing ice cream, as it was my first time modeling fake ice cream out of Crisco, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. ('ll talk more about this experience on Scoopalicious with in the next couple of weeks.) I had to do a lot of searching but I finally did find a number of them. I tried the first one here (though I am not sure why the Canadian government is posting fake ice cream recipes, but...) and it worked wonderfully! I couldn't believe that it wasn't ice cream! Now I want to go into food styling!

As for the watercolor itself, it measures in at 5x7 inches. As this was such a new subject matter for me, I really struggled with it. There is so much texture in ice cream that I wasn't able to capture. At the same time, the spoon and the bowl were smoother than I have worked with in the past so this was also quite a journey. Either way, I am enjoying the journey and am learning new things daily.

On another note, I think I need to rexamine the parameters of A Drawing A Day, because this doesn't fit the original guidelines of 6x6 for sure.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Drawing A Day, 2.20.2008

I knew this would happen. I would do a drawing I love one day, and then one I hate the next. Oh well, I promised I would post them, no matter what. What was nice with this, as with all my A Drawing A Days, as I said in my first post about them, I set the timer for an hour, and if I at least play with the drawing for 30 minutes to one hour, I can feel good about at least trying. By forcing myself to play with this drawing at least that long with the option of stopping after that, I actually worked into the drawing a little more than I had planned, and did redeem it a bit.

Tomorrow I am going to the art store to buy more clayboard, because I love it, and I wanted to figure out if I like the smooth board for watercolor as much as I like the textured board.

Do I like it as much? Answer: NO. On the smooth board, the watercolor just sits there, and as it dries leaves a ring that is just too distracting. [Now that I think of it, I have been noticing this on my smooth paper too -- I wonder if this will be less evident in my rough paper.] It also takes forever and a day to dry and my impatience just caused me to make a mess.

This frustrating drawing did give me a chance to play around with the scratch board qualities of the material, and in the end, it was this quality which helped redeem the drawing a little -- but I am still not in love with it.

A Drawing A Day, 2.19.2008

Here is my latest cupcake. I know, I am a little obsessed with painting cupcakes, but I am enjoying the challenges of a similar subject matter with different attempts and mediums. For this 5"x5" cupcake, I painted it on textured clayboard with watercolors. I am loving this clayboard (I guess it has been renamed to aquabord.) Anyway, it is a really cool product that I am really enjoying. I will need to pick some more up next time I am at the Art Store.

I do think this looks a little flat, next time I need to work on giving the cake a little more depth. Interestingly enough, while there isn't depth in the cake itself, there is apparently depth in the strokes, because Kevin literally thought I had done this painting with a fuller bodied paint than watercolor.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'm Famous!

OK, I'm not really. But, sort of! The other day I happened upon Google Books. Having never really explored this before I played around with it a bit...and did the old "google-ing" of my name. I found my senior project from Tufts, an artist book titled From V-mail to E-mail: Memories and Reflections on World War II, listed. I printed and assembled eight copies in 2001, and sold one to the library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Anyway, it was pretty cool since I have never pictured myself as a published author, but I even have a call number and everything!

Anyway, I was excited to find this listing and it caused me to take my copy of the book off the shelf and look over it again.
The book consisted of interviews with my three living grandparents who had all participated in their own way in World War II, and each had their own unique story to tell. It was an amazing project, probably the most meaningful I have ever done. Someday I hope to motivate and turn this book into an electronic presentation to be more accessible to all, as this generation will not be around forever, and I don't want their experiences or lessons to be forgotten.

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Drawing A Day, 2.15.2008

I am loving watercolors again. I am still trying to learn how to use them without making things muddy, but I just love them. I think I love the light feeling they emit.

Not thrilled with the pears, but alas, at least I had fun. I think I overworked them a bit. I also am not thrilled with how I trimmed them, but the paper ripped as I tried to cut it off the block.

I know pears are so cliche, but I am really into doing organic things right now, and it being winter and all, I am limited on the organic things around me.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Page A Day, January 26 - February 14, 2008

I have a number of pages to post today. I am never leaving so many to scan at once again -- what a pain!

So...I am a little upset at myself...Why? Because...
  1. I don't like many of these drawings in this batch.
  2. I forgot to do three, count em, three, drawings! You can see the blank pages for yourself!
But, I do like those little sheep.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tiny Watercolors

It has been a bit crazy lately with lots of freelance and coordinating my studio move...yep, I am moving out of my Jamaica Plain location (which I will be sad to leave) but moving into a much more convenient space in Waltham. I am pretty excited.

Here are some tiny watercolors I did to illustrate a post at Scoopalicious. I had so much fun with these little illustrations. I just love watercolors. It was nice to have a project to motivate me. (*Please, please let me know if you have other ideas of little watercolors you'd like to see!)

Please click on the image to see them at full size.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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