Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mellow Yellow!

watercolor in Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook

I noticed that I seem to have a lot of images in my 'to sketch' folder on the Sktchy App that feature the color yellow. So I have begun to clear them out by sketching them! I have also been experimenting a bit with different media, using some of the many art supplies I 'discovered' recently when I cleaned out my studio closet.

pastel and charcoal on grey paper

watercolor and ink in sketchbook
watercolor and ink in sketchbook

watercolor pencils and ink, but I wish I'd used pastels!
watercolor and colored pencils in sketchbook
The above sketches are all about the same size; about 5"x6" in my sketchbook. The two sketches below are a bit larger, about 6"x8" on pastel paper. I did the one on grey paper first, but was not happy with either Gus or the greyed down color, so I did the same image on white pastel paper, which I had underpainted a bit with acrylic markers. That gave me the brilliant yellow of our new summer comforter, and it's contrast with Gus, which is what I wanted!

pastels on toned paper

pastels and acrylic markers on white pastel paper
I still have many more yellow images in my 'to sketch' queue, but I think I will move on, for now. A couple of these will find their way to my Etsy shop, either as originals or as prints. And I think the final version of Gus just might find itself framed and on my guest room wall, along with tapestries, photos, and paintings of other pets.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A New Website!

I have been working on creating a new website, in spite of my severe limitations with digital 'stuff!' I am not done with it, but am hoping to 'get by with a little help from my friends,' so if you give it a look and have some helpful input, I'd truly love to hear it! 

I will be adding small tapestries next, then a gallery page for non-fiber work.

You can access this work-in-progress by going HERE.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More Pages from My Sketchbook....

I have still been doing occasional sketches, though I've been having trouble keeping up a daily routine. Several of the sketches are ending up in my Etsy shop, as prints. When I update the shop next week, there will be more, and a few originals. But I have been very busy otherwise lately. When I get too busy to sketch, and  also and especially when I'm too busy to weave, I get very fussy. So, in addition to being busy, you can know I've been a bit grumpy.

I do have a small tapestry floating around in my brain, wanting to get onto the loom. But it will have to wait a short while. Maybe next week, though! I can always look forward to next week.

Otherwise in my life: the flowering crab is in full bloom, as are the lilacs and my bleeding heart (which makes me happy, as I wasn't sure it would survive our dry winter.) The western screech owls in the box in our tree have hatched five owlets! We are very excited about that! We are taking a short weekend trip to the Grand Canyon, which we've never seen. I hope to overcome my fear of heights enough to do some sketching there.

Stay creative! It keeps us happy....... In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from the Owl cam in the owl box.

5 huddled baby owls

Mama sits on them to keep them warm