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Dancing to Uncertainty

In Ink Paths on June 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I sat this afternoon with my son at the kitchen table.  We gathered water colors, ink, crayons, brushes and paper.  I’ve been trying to get back into drawing.  I had a very defined process, things were moving along at a rhythm and then May hit and all that went out the window.  I’ve been unable to find my footing, and it’s a bit uncomfortable.  I know this as a normal part of growing my art muscle.   This afternoon I found a perch, a small one to get back on track.  I chose to go without a form and work instead on making the shapeless forms hint at possibilities.  I’m happy for the choice.  Click to buy a Dancing to Uncertainty print.

Dancing to Uncertainty

Dancing to Uncertainty

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34 – Old Farmer

In Ink Paths on September 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Old Farmer

I prepared this page with ink about a month ago.  I left it at my drawing table after a first failed attempt at finding an image.  I would look at it from time to time.  Turn it around and around.  It felt as if I could see something from the corner of my eye, but when I moved my attention there, the something was gone.  At some point I wrote it off as a failed ink attempt.  There is nothing there, I thought and put it in a pile of other ink attempts that I have in pending (almost terminated) status.  Then a week ago I took it out again and saw a head, then a leg, then the other and boom! I saw it!  This process is so amazing to me.  It reminds me of my illustration Leviathan.  This amazing creature coming up from the bottom of the sea.  Rising up to close the distance between it and this extraordinary object in the sky, to see it without all the water and shadows in between.  So, here it is, another extraordinary image that I have been able to see without all the voices and shadows in between.  It was a journey longer than previous ones.  But I made it.  It makes me happy.

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29 – Bird in Nest

In Ink Paths on August 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

Bird in Nest

Finally I got around completing another piece.  August has been an extremely busy time at work.  We have been welcoming our Fall students and as of this past Friday the welcoming part is over… at least in my area.  Students are moving on to settling down in their new living spaces and going to their classes.  Now we move  ourselves on to a more moderate pace of business.

This Saturday I was able to work on this piece for three good solid hours.  My husband and son survived without me, and I have to say that my husband has been very generous helping me have this time given that he’s itching to have some solid hours himself to play his new game.

Anyway, here it is. Bird in Nest.  Done with the ink and meditation approach.  Completed with pencil, then marker then finished with colors in the computer.

You may want to check some of the other illustrations I’ve done with this technique:

20 – Dark Clowns
19 – Elephant plays with mud
16 – Monster fish
15 – Tree and Dog

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20 – Dark Clowns

In Ink Paths on April 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Sorry for the absence.  I’ve been under the weather on and off.   Hopefully I’m getting out of that spell.  So, here’s the news.

Today I feel particularly happy as I’ve finished another illustration I prepared with ink splotches.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to show the behind the scenes to the finished illustration.

Dark Clowns started with droplets of ink on a white page, which I then tilted and moved around to allow the ink to run on the page.

Dark Clowns - ink drops stage

After that I looked at the page and waited to see what my mind could create with the paths the ink had chosen to make.  First came the face on the right, many days later the face on the left.  I drew with pencil then once it felt okay I used the sharpie marker.

Dark Clowns without color

After that came the next fun part for me, which is scanning into the computer and playing with colors.  I added a bit of texture to the background as well.  I am looking forward to the time I am more proficient using the computer to color them.  I worked on it until I felt satisfied with the results.  So, here it is, the final stage of the Dark Clowns illustration.

Dark Clowns, finished illustration

If you like this piece, you will find note cards, journals, and mouse pads printed with it in my cafepress store. If you’re interested in a poster or canvas, you can get it at my imagekind store.  You can also like the post or comment if you like the piece, you do not need to buy anything.  I would love to receive that feedback. You see, I have a personal  Art Challenge for this year and I’m working on it, one art piece at at time.

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19 – Elephant plays with mud

In Ink Paths on April 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

I’ve heard time an again how much people enjoy being unplugged, away from the pull of the internet goodies.  I can vouch for that.  My son’s grandma is a person that pretty much saw the internet, used it for work and at home decided she was fine without it.  She has a phone, cable tv, an unplugged computer for a couple of card games she likes and a small cd player with a couple of handfuls of cds.  That’s it.  Her house is an oasis of calm for me.  Whenever we visit we keep the tv at low volume if on at all.  There are no other ways to entertain yourself but with a card game or other table or building games we bring.  She also has this empty room that my husband and my son use to play with a ball, or yesterday they hauled the train set out from the closet.  Or we go to her backyard and play ball or blow bubbles, or go out for a long walk around the neighborhood.  I really love the pace that we find at grandma’s house.  So, yesterday before we went to visit grandma I prepared 4 sheets with ink.  I worked on one while my husband and son played in the ball/train room and grandma cheered them on.  I turned the sheet around and finally the word ‘elephant’ came to me.  He was there, clear and defined in the eye of my mind, covered in mud.  The ink mud sliding down its body.  I thought: “oh, that’s just too common, let’s see if I can find something else.” So I turned it around a few more times and this thought in a soft voice came up: “Why do you want to look for something else? I am an elephant.”  And it is… a happy one.

Elephant plays with mud

 

If you like this piece, you will find note cards, journals, and mouse pads printed with it in my cafepress store. If you’re interested in a poster or canvas, you can get it at my imagekind store.  You can also like the post or comment if you like the piece, you do not need to buy anything.  I would love to receive that feedback. You see, I have a personal  Art Challenge for this year and I’m working on it, one art piece at at time.

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