Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sketchbook work

Abstract Shapes
This weekend I took a bit of a break from my nature mono printing to try something a little different. First of all I was very inspired by some videos I watched of Robyn McClelland. I only recently discovered her and her You Tube channel. She has lots of good ideas but I especially like her idea of creating an art journal and keeping at it every day. She does it while having her morning coffee.

I have never had much luck with art journals. I always start them and then put them aside. But I am going to try and set aside a little time each day to practice ideas that are not really ready for prime time. This spread was one of the ideas. I gel printed the shapes and then cut them up and layered them. I think it is interesting. What I find really interesting is the shape of the page spread. I always work on square panels but these shapes seem to work well in the odd elongated landscape format. As I say, it is practice to do these things and who knows if they will ever make it out of the journal! I can see these at a really large size.

The weather here is starting to cool off slightly. It is mostly noticeable in the early morning. I am looking forward to being able to go outside walking and hiking during the middle of the day!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Still working away.....

I know I have been very remiss in keeping up with this blog but I am going to try and start posting again at least once a week. These are some recent monoprint collages I have been working on. 

Life here in the desert is hot right now and I am looking forward to being able to go out during the day again! I get up at 5 AM right now to go bike riding so that by the mid afternoon I am ready to pass out from exhaustion! Well, soon it will cool off and I can go out whenever I want and sleep in later.

The good thing about being stuck inside all summer is that I get massive amounts of work done!

My Gel plate and I are still best of friends. I think that I have been gel printing now for at least 5 or 6 years and I find that I never get bored with it. There are always new things to try and to learn.

This Series is called "Sonoran Herbarium". Each one is numbered. I tried naming them all but it was too hard to keep track. So numbers seem to work best.


Sonoran Herbarium #41

Sonoran Herbarium #42

Sonoran Herbarium #43

Sonoran Herbarium #44

Sonoran Herbarium #45

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring in the Desert


Last week we went on a lovely wildflower adventure to Organ Pipe National Monument with a group from Tohono Chul Park. We had a lovely time with many stops on the way in order to observe and learn about all the plants which are beginning to blossom now that it is spring in the desert. Our leader was a very knowledgable woman who has written several books on plants and birds of the Southwest.

I tried to remember every plant we saw but there were so many, I lost track. I did however take some cuttings back to my studio in order to make mono prints from them.

The plant above is called Bladderpod. It makes for an interesting print. At least I think so. Not all plants make good prints but I am learning so many new plants and the experiments are never ending.

The colors I have used here are Burnt Sienna and Paynes gray open acrylics. I get such a nice print with the open acrylics. Very different than the regular fluid acrylics.

We had such a nice time that we signed up for a birding trip in April. The same woman will be our guide so I am really looking forward to that!


Monday, March 4, 2019

Cyanotype class

Brittlebush cyanotype

Oh that blue!

This past weekend I took a very interesting class on cyanotype. A local photographer, Nan Wollman, taught the class and I really learned so much. I never really understood what this process was all about and now I do!

Basically you mix specific chemicals, brush them on paper, and after they are dry you put your image or objects on top of the paper and set it outside in the sun under glass. Then you rinse the chemicals off and voila! Beautiful image!

I was the only person who brought plants. The others in the class brought "negatives" that they created by taking a photo, turning it into black and white and then printing it out on a laser printer on acetate. Then the acetate is placed on the treated paper and set in the sun. The black acts as a mask and remains blue or cyan and the white stays white. It is truly fascinating. I never knew that blue prints were the original cyanotype!

And after many years of being a graphic designer, I now understand what the C in CMYK really means! (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black)

Monday, February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019




A few of my pieces are currently on display at a local office building here in Tucson. They look lovely hanging as a grouping and I look forward to having more opportunities like this where my art is out in the public for anyone to see and appreciate.


Monday, February 11, 2019

This and that......

Hearts
Yesterday I took a really fun little mini class on Skillshare with Lucie Duclos. I love all her classes but this one is highly addictive! I have decided to use my hearts for our monthly potluck community dinner here. I am going to place them on the tables. I think they will look cute!

It was fun do do something just for the fun of it and no stress involved!

I am still working on collages every day as well as monoprinting with the local flora and fauna.

Here are a few of my recent collages.







Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I'm Baaaack




I really thought I could stop blogging. I guess I was wrong.

I have been enjoying the plants in the desert so much and making prints of them

I do enjoy living in the desert. There is so much to learn and explore.

In a few weeks I am going on a wildflower tour down to Organ Pipe National Monument. I am very much looking forward to that!

Stay tuned!