Monday, February 28, 2011
Other things I do when I'm sick: order spring garden seeds, yay! Wonder what's all the fuss over Angry Birds. I also read inconsequential magazines... in which I spied an article about people's varied reactions to overconsumption. Am I an angry drunk? Nope. A friendly drunk? Well, sort of, but I'm friendly when I'm sober. Munchy-then-sleepy drunk? BINGO :-) ...and I can barely remember that, since I haven't been more than just "tipsy" in oh, 13 years or so? HA!
Anders gets a 3-tea sampler in his pocket from me, to ward off head colds, HA! Here's my collaborative art in his book, with Ash, who gave me "blaaahh!" to work with. It's me as a sick raccoon, tucked in bed with my current favorite tea. I used black pen & some gray acrylic wash to align with Ash's style... except the tea wrapper & hangtag, which are glued in as collage.
I was up a good part of the night with insomnia and made several art pieces, always a bad idea to work when I am tired and without references. But in spite of all that, I liked this piece enough to make a small print for Gretchen's pocket.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
This past two weeks was one of emotional ups and downs, and the Moleskine got put on the back burner. I was lacking a collaboration page, which I only finished tonight. The sketchbook is in an envelope, ready to take to the post office tomorrow and ship to Gretchen. Sorry you're getting it almost two weeks late!!
Looking forward to working in other people's books. What a great group of artists. I'm so happy to be a part of this.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I'm so so tired, and though I've tired to get myself productive in the evening in finally completing some etsy orders, I didn't do a thing aside for a long walk to try and find Ginger's food after the store we usually go to was closed. So I decided to finally open the book, look at what's inside and maybe get some work done on that.
Here we are in the next round and I am still working on the last one. It is a challenge but I am loving every minute of it!
This exchange has been a fantastic way for me to try new styles and mediums. I really enjoy looking at all the work as it passes through my studio.
The art above is the art in my new Moley that I mailed out to Aya last week. I am finishing up Mike's Moley from the last round so I can get it in the mail to Steve. I am excited to see my book when it finally returns!
The pencil sketch frog is my collaborative piece for Aya...I can't wait to see what you do with it!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
A Story for Gretchen
Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to go out in the woods and meditate. One of her favorite places to sit in ZaZen was Lycopodium Knoll, a small rise in the sandy woods above Blue Heron Lagoon. The knoll was covered with lycopodia, and the girl would sit with her back to a red maple and her middle finger touching her thumb and her hands resting on her knees. And sit.
One day, however, her serenity was disturbed by deerfly. The deerflies buzzed nosily around and kept landing on the girl’s arms and shoulders. They were trying to bite her.
Suddenly, there was a much larger, louder buzzing and a huge insect landed on her knee. In its mandibles was a deer fly. The dragonfly noisily chomped down the deerfly and a moment later, zipped out and snagged another. When it had eaten that one, it snagged a third, and continued until it had eaten the entire platoon
Then the dragonfly sat calmly on the girl’s knee waiting. Each time another deerfly or mosquito homed in on the girl, the dragonfly captured it and ate it. The girl acted as a food magnet for the dragonfly and the dragonfly protected the girl from insect bites. And this is a true story. Mary Stebbins Taitt (Click image to view larger.)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
YAY! The first not-my moley arrived in the mail today! Woohoo! Looks great, Gretchen. YIKES!
LATER: for some reason, this image in no longer visible, but if you click on it, it's still there.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I used slide-off water transfer again for the large photo in the background. I didn't actually take the photo - my coworker did. I was doing the processing and touch up on a bunch of beauty shots for him this past week. A project which had a lot of drama involved and may turn out to be a fiasco. But I have nothing to do with all that, so I thought it would be interesting to use one of the photos in the beginning of my book, and then when I get the book back, will I even remember the nonsense surrounding this project?
I purposely left the edges wrinkled, but I'm not sure how well it will continue to hold, since the edges aren't well sealed. We'll see! Feel free to add glue, tape, staples, stitches, etc... as needed if it starts coming apart too much!
I definitely need to work on this page a bit more, especially the banner, but it was going to take an extra evening, so I figure I can come back to it later.
And it turns into a collaboration page for Andrea to finish...
All right, now that I'm caught up, I'm ready for round 3!