Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Illustration Friday "Metropolis"

Enjoying a few vacation days working on some current projects. It's nice to have a little extra time to get reorganized and reenergized. I find that I am happy to just sit at my desk and draw and paint all day!   The weather outside is very cold and there is still a lot of snow everywhere. This morning the temperature was -13 degrees below zero. I've been dreading the fact that I have to gas up my car this afternoon, and pick up a few things at the supermarket. I'd rather stay cozied up in the house!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


This week's Illustration Friday's theme is "sleep", so I am posting the last page from my sketchbook that will be submitted to the 2015 Sketchbook Project in March. They've extended the deadline this year, which will give me time to finish all the other pages that are in various states of completion. I'll post the whole story before I mail it in, so you can follow the adventures of Mouse, and understand why he's enjoying a restful nap.

Stay warm! Minus 3 degrees below zero this morning on my way to work! Brrr!

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Illustration Friday "noise"
A colored pencil sketch for this week's topic. 

This is what my school looked like after the last blizzard (my room is under that drift). We are getting another foot of snow tonight and tomorrow! I may not be able to see out my windows until spring!

 My view out the window is like being in a snow cave.

Here is a cute little Carolina Wren eating peanuts from one of our feeders.

On top of all these crazy snowstorms, the temperature is in the teens and below zero! I guess I'll just drink hot tea, and enjoy the extra days home. Stay warm!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Illustration Friday "Jagged"

I had better get this IF illustration posted as it is already Thursday!


I couldn't resist a little shout out to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, after a thrilling Super Bowl win last Sunday! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monoprint line technique

My Drawing 3 and Portfolio Prep classes are creating monoprint images in class this week. They had been working on reduction monoprints first, which is a technique where ink is wiped off the plate to create areas of positive and negative values, and textures.

This week we will be trying Line Monoprints. I have made an example to demonstrate the process.

First, roll ink onto a plastic plate with a brayer. I used masking tape to first make a border, and then peeled it off for clear precise edges. I used black Akua intaglio ink for this print.

Next I laid a sheet of Rives Light paper over the inked area, and taped it into place. I used a ball point pen to draw a rather detailed drawing of a dragonfly, that I had photographed last summer, onto the paper. 

After completing the drawing, I gently peeled it back to reveal the image underneath. The quality of line and shading is similar to a charcoal drawing. There is also a negative image left onto the inked plate which can be printed using a printing press and damp paper. 

positive  and negative

When the prints are dry, one can add watercolor wash, colored pencil, pastel pencil, or other mediums.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Illustration Friday "Passion"

I'm enjoying a snowy day at home, with a cup of tea, and birds fluttering around the feeders. While many areas nearer the coast are experiencing a nasty blizzard, we are seeing less wind and lower amounts of accumulation. It's still pretty wild out there, but nothing a New England native would get too worked up about. We have had a cold winter so far, but not a snowy one. It looks like the pattern may be changing, as there are indications of more snow events in the week ahead.

I dropped off my entry for the Minumental Show yesterday at the gallery at NHIA. Hopefully, my tiny butterfly print will sell for the amazing price of $35. I got some positive feedback on the mini print, so will look through my photos for other images to try. The printing of the tiny print isn't too difficult, but the carving is tricky. I need to find a small tool that would help to cut small circular shapes. I'm picturing a tiny straw-like piece. Any ideas?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Tiny Butterfly

This is the smallest reductive block print that I have ever made! It's for the "2015 Minumental Show" at the NH Institute of Art. Every artwork must be no larger than 4" x 4" in size for this show, and be priced for $55.95 or less. The show opens on January 28th.

They used to be no larger than 2" x 2" for previous shows. I guess I should have read the fine print before I carved the block. It's so cute though!