Thursday, September 28, 2017

Candy Corn

Candy Corn 4" x 4" oil paint on oil arches paper

Took a little siesta from my blog, it was my birthday on the 26th. For this painting I wanted to squint my eyes as much as possible and try to look at the dish like it was just blocks of color.

Monday, September 25, 2017

If It Fits, It Sits

If It Fits, It Sits 5" x 4"  oil on oil arches paper

I thought at first the pumpkin would sit better in the basket but it just kind of sat on the top, reminds me of the 'If I fits, I sits' meme of cats trying to sit in small boxes. I was debating on whether or not to crop the border off but I like it, if I were to frame this I would just float the paper in the middle of the frame. Starting in the middle of the paper suits me better because I can play with the composition a bit, if I need more space to an area it's easier to add. Also this lets me make a full mark without going off the edge of the surface, always bugs me. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Apple in Basket

Apple in Basket 3.5" x 3.5" oil on arches oil paper

This painting is so adorable and tiny! The apple looks so snug in the basket, tucked in.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Flamingo in Motion #4

Flamingo in Motion #4 14.5" x 11" marker on paper

As the name suggests, this is one flamingo moving about. They move once every 4 to 5 seconds, if they stay still for longer it's a blessing. This drawing feels really dynamic, there's a real flow to it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Flamingos in Motion #3

Flamingo in Motion #3 8.5" x 5.5" marker on paper

This is actually quite a small sketch but something about its simplicity really strikes me. I want to integrate my drawings with color eventually but I'm not sure how yet. I've been thinking a lot about the Lascaux caves along with Matisse's cut-outs, much to think about and do. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Flamingo in Motion #2

Flamingo in Motion #2 11" x 9 marker on paper

Another take on a Flamingo bending down to drink water. In case anyone is wondering I'm using Chartpak Fine Tip Ad Markers, the warning on the side of the marker says 'this product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer,' thank goodness I live in Washington, I won't be getting cancer. All jokes aside, if you use these markers, don't get them on your hands and wash vigorously if you do. I used them inside once and my boyfriend Dave couldn't stand it, I didn't notice the noxious fumes- so protip: use these cancer pens outside.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Flamingo in Motion #1

Flamingo in Motion 13.5" x 10" marker on paper

Because of the limits of observation and memory, I've been looking at motion; nothing stays still for very long. I tend to look and draw immediately what I see, line allows for immediate response from observation.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mr. Gregory Peck the Swan

 Mr. Gregory Peck the Swan 12" x 16.75" marker on paper

Another take on Gregory Peck, resident swan of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. My favorite part of this sketch is the head turn, a little suggestion of movement. Usually their bodies are quite stationary but they're constantly moving their heads back and forth. Since all my sketches are from observation, I keep thinking about the data that I'm receiving from the scene, like what's there that I can use.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Flamingos in Repose

 Flamingos in Repose 16" x  12" marker on paper

People always mention how weird their legs are, they look like stilts. They stand like this to keep warm. Flamingos can stand like this for hours, even while sleeping. I heard a weird fact the other day, a dead flamingo can stand on its own.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

GBH #5

GBH #5 12" x 16" marker on paper

I'm always trying to catch when the heron is moving his head. These GBH drawings are really just about movement and also how the silhouette changes with that movement.
Ps. whoo!! 30 days of straight posting so proud of myself. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GBH #4

GBH #4 12" x 16" marker on paper

Here's the Great Blue Heron getting out of his roosting position to get a better look at the humans being let in.

Friday, September 15, 2017

GBH #3

GBH#3 12" x 16" marker on paper

Here's that big guy sitting on the top of the zoo buildings,just got the slight angle in. I did have a moment with the GBH the other day, he flew between the penguin exhibit and the zoo, he flew low and we locked eyes, pure magic.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

GBH #2

GBH #2 12" x 16" marker on paper

I like the sketch of the bird with his foot up. It's so weird, my drawings have been reminding me of the wall paintings from the Lascaux caves.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GBH #1

GBH #1 12" x 16" marker on paper

This is a study of the same bird moving about on the rocks of the penguin exhibit. He's usually just making sure he's shown up in time for some fish.

Monday, September 11, 2017

One Line Flamingo

One Line Flamingo 2" x 5" marker on paper

This is the first time I've used continuous contour line for my own purposes. So I look once and then I do the quickest line I can on the paper. I made a lot of horrible ones, this is the best one so far.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Glamour Shot

Glamour Shot 12" x 16" marker on paper

This is my favorite caricature from this year, I make a lot of monsters. Glasses are the most important thing about someone's face, they're always hard for me so I liked how this came out. I drew the glasses first and worked my way around them. My signature's become pretty fluid too, nice.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Grazing Flamingo

Grazing Flamingo 11" x 8" marker on paper

How much data can I get in a moment? About a line's worth. I like this sketch, tied the flamingo to the environment.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What's this thing? #3

What's this Thing? #3 11" x 9" marker on paper

In this one you can really feel how the flamingo is nuzzling the rock. I keep thinking about the data I can retrieve when I'm observing, being conscious of movement.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What's this Thing? #2

What's this Thing? #2 11" x  9" marker on paper

I really like how I didn't add the legs on the flamingo, just suggesting it. Plus these drawings are done very quickly, I'm usually trying to get what I see immediately. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What's this Thing? #1

What's this Thing? #1 11" x 9"  marker on paper

So I thought the flamingos were pecking at a potato, ended up being just a rock. I asked the zookeeper and he said they probably saw a bugs on it so they were playing with it, so adorable.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Great Blue Heron II

Great Blue Heron II 17" x 11" marker on paper

Here's more observations of the heron, great model since he moves so slow. He's ever watchful, planning his next move.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck 11" x 9.5" marker on paper

I didn't realize this but geese and swans are quite similar, they're only a few differences. Swans have longer necks and bigger feet, ducks have fewer bones in the neck. Gregory Peck is quite spunky, he's always chasing the mallards. Emma Swan is his mate, both residents of the flamingo exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Flamingo Studies II

Flamingo Studies II 11" x 17" marker on paper

The one flamingo on the upper left makes me laugh, I like how he's nipping at another one. When I'm observing I see that a lot. I keep thinking about how much I remember from looking once and then back down to my page. I remember things like the silhouette, curve of the neck- usually a line's worth.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Flapping Wings

Flapping Wings 14" x 8" marker on paper

I got to meet some baby flamingos the other day! The zookeeper let me meet them in the back, I got to hug Poco and Pluma, it's such a different experience to see them in person. They're so soft, it was so cool to pet their long necks. Poco was pretty affectionate, nipped at my hair and let me hug him, Pluma was less trusting and just watched Poco. I was surprised about how they reminded me of my cats a bit, super receptive to people.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Shrimp Time II

Shrimp Time II 7 (3/4)" x 4 (3/4)"

So I'm starting to see my work in series- which is a good thing. It's one artwork birthing from another. In these watercolors I'm trying to find what the scene is saying overall, like the color you get when you squint you're eyes. In the first step I paint the silhouette with masking fluid, then I paint the background. After waiting for the paper to dry in the sun, I squint my eyes to compare the flamingo pink color to the background and water.