Sunday, November 22, 2015

New block print---Great blue Heron

I've been working on a new block print using a Gomuban relief plate. This plate is softer than a linoleum block and harder than Easy-cut. I have been using a printing press for this, and it prints great with the Akua inks. McClain's Printmaking Supplies sells it.

It's a little dark here, but I've cut out areas for the second layer.

                           Here's a close-up of the heron (above) and the original sketch (below)

This is the first color layer. The lines are from a Sharpee marker I used to cover over the pencil lines on the block before I started cutting. They fade away on subsequent prints, but remain dark enough to see on the plate.

Here's Wiley--my steady companion who wants to hang out and "help" whenever I'm working!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


                                                 A "whimsical" pig for Illustration Friday

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Bouquet" Illustration Friday Post


Just finished a quick sketch for Illustration Friday. I used a charcoal pencil for this drawing, and like the way the textures came out. I did another drawing in graphite pencil for last week's topic, and while I love drawing in pencil, I find that the darker values and contrast are hard to achieve. Usually I switch to a black Prismacolor pencil after the initial sketch, as it doesn't smudge, and can go quite dark.

Last week's topic was "Adventure" but I didn't get it posted in time, so will post it here, a week late. you can see the difference in the pencil and the charcoal.

So far the first week of November has been very pleasant! Mild and sunny days for most of it. The foliage is still pretty, although a lot of leaves are on the ground now. I've been trying to get out and enjoy the weather, but now that we have changed to daylight savings, it is already pretty dark by 5pm. Still, I enjoy the changing seasons, and the setting sun made a beautiful pink and purple sky last night as I finished up my walk.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


                                                     Illustration Friday "stuffed"

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Autumn in New Hampshire

The foliage has been slow to arrive in all its brilliant colors, but this week it has been a bit more showy!

I had to stop on my walk and take a few pictures of the sky mirrored in the river, as well as a closer view of the bridge.

                                               And last weekend in York, Maine!

Illustration Friday "Star" (late again!)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mermaid Selfie

Started this piece a couple weeks ago when the Illustration Friday prompt fit this idea. I didn't make that deadline or last week's "ink" (notice the octopus and tattoos), but figured it was a fun drawing to post anyway for no special reason.

Enjoying a bonus day off (Columbus Day) and really appreciating the gorgeous weather! It's going to really cool off by next weekend, so washing a few windows, and gathering up some herbs to dry. My husband has been madly working on outdoor projects the past few weekends trying to get a lot done before it's too cold to paint trim and repair the gutter.

We did zip off for an overnight in York Maine to visit his mother, who was house-sitting for a friend. Walked the Marginal Way with all the other tourists and leaf-peepers---I've never seen it so crowded even in the summer! The foliage is peaking, and with the nice sunshine and temperatures, everyone is out and about!

Have a good week ahead! Hopefully I will get a new illustration up before Friday.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Beech Hill Farm Cat

                   "Beech Hill Farm Cat" 2015 Hopkinton Historical Society Annual Art Show.

I entered two prints and this drawing in the show. They always have a nice reception at the Historical Society building, and the show stays up through December  5th this year.

My daughter took the original photo of the cat on the fence, and I went over myself to take a few more pictures of the scenery. When I was there the cat was sleeping under a bench near the ice cream shop, so I don't know how unusual it is to find him on his post.