Monday, November 25, 2019

Calm Afternoon

"Calm Afternoon"
Image size 4" x 11"

This week was not very productive which is why my painting is so small and simple.  I babysat for 3 days and then was sick for the rest of the week.

I did nothing on my mural....

Monday, November 18, 2019

Private Shore

"Private Shore"
Image size 5" x 8"
Monoprint with colored pencil

I tried another monoprint this week.  I inked the entire surface and then removed the black ink where I wanted it lighter.  Drawing directly into the ink without the ability to erase my mistakes is very scary.  I'm struggling with that and the removal of the ink and haven't really figured out a way to control what I'm doing.  That's why this house looks a bit wonky.  It is a fun process though, and I will continue to experiment with this medium.

I used Derwent Inktense colored pencils to add color to the print.  On this print (above), I didn't add water to the pencils.  Living up to their name, when water is added, the colors become very intense.  I did a second print, which I've posted below.  I lightly spritzed the printing plate with water and used a damp piece of mulberry paper to make the second print.  Then, I used the inktense colored pencils and added water to the paper.  You can see how different the colors are.  Personally, I prefer the softer colors in the first print.

Not much to say about my clay mural except that I'm continuing to work on it.  I'm starting to choose the glass circle that fits best into the holes and grinding the clay to make some of them fit when the circle is too small.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Pear Monoprint

"Pear Monoprint"
Image size 6" x 8"
Monoprint with colored pencil added
I'm playing around with a new medium.  I have done a couple of monoprints in the past but didn't really get into that medium.  Now, I'm very interested in playing around with the inks and adding color using other mediums.  This is my first experiment.  I used mulberry paper, which was wonderful to print on, but it seemed to pill while I was adding the colored pencil.  I think I used the wrong side....
Anyway, this was really fun and I can't wait to try it again.

My clay mural is still chugging along slowly.  Nothing exciting to show at this point.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress
Image size 7.5" x 7.5"
I used my pastels for this week's painting.  I enjoyed the theme of last week's painting, so I used the same idea but concentrated on the sky as a focal point.  Of course, the cypress trees draw you into the painting, but hopefully, the sky keeps you interested.

I used a dark blue mat board with a coating of pumice gel as my substrate.  None of that color shows through because I have many layers of pastel covering it.  I really enjoy the tooth of the pumice gel as it allows for multiple layers before the surface is slick and won't accept more color.

Well, I'm finally finished cutting the clay pieces for the murals.  That feels really good!!  Of course, I'm still a long way from being able to fire everything and start glazing.  I have about 120 pieces that I need to carve and fit into the mural.  That takes a long time so that will be my focus for this week.

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