Monday, April 14, 2014

Zodiac


Illustration Friday "Zodiac"

Since I have an April birthday, and my sign of the zodiac is Aries, I drew a little ram to illustrate this week's IF post. I ended up using pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil to build up the values of the night sky.

Very summery today! Too bad it can't last---back to the 40s for mid-week. At least it's not snow!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sizzle

I'm a little late for last week's Illustration Friday topic, but I'll post it here, and see if I can catch up on the newest one.

"Sizzle"

The weather is pretty decent here today. A little breezy, but the sun is out and the temperature is 53. I took a picture of my backyard yesterday to show how much snow is still left. We get limited sun there, so it's taking quite a long while to melt.



Working on a new print for Easter. Only two weeks, so I'd better get printing! 
Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Odiorne Print


My prints are drying on my handi-dandy IKEA wire clip hanger. It's a perfect solution for the lack of space in the studio for things to dry. I have it installed above the sliding glass doors in the studio.


This is one of the prints of the rocks at Odiorne State Park that I'm just finishing.


And this of course is Sadie hanging out on my lap while I read the Sunday paper.

Happily, April 1st has been a beautiful, mild day! Looks like we'll be finally seeing some Spring weather this week!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Red"

Illustration Friday "Red"


The calendar says Spring, so I thought I'd do a "springy" image for this week's topic. I'm glad Easter is 4 weeks away so there will be time for the snow to melt. My sister-in-law always has a big Easter egg hunt in her yard, and it's not as fun hiding eggs in the snow. We may get hit this Wednesday with another snowstorm---a Nor'easter, but there are warmer temperatures forecasted for next weekend, so hoping this will be it for winter weather!

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Odiorne print


I've been working on a new print of the rocks at Odiorne Sate Park. I've been blending colors on my brayers to get various gradients of value and color in each layer. I've finished the sky, and will be working on the colors in the rocks next. Probably 3 or 4 layers to go. I'm using a soft-cut block, Akua inks, and Rives Light printmaking paper. There is a NHAA show in Portsmouth that I'd like to enter it in if it comes out well, and I'm finished by the deadline at the end of the month.

Spring is arriving this week! Snow is still blanketing my yard, but the sun is brighter, so hopefully there will be some melting going on. The 10 day forecast shows 20's, 30's and 40's for high temperatures, with a low temperature tomorrow morning of -6 degrees. You've got to be kidding me!

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Spark"---IllustrationFriday


Illustration Friday "spark"

Who couldn't use a little spark of romance in one's life?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Still winter here!





Spring is supposed to arrive in about a week and a half, but it doesn't look it here. I took these photos today of my house and surrounding lot to chronicle how much snow we still have on the ground. It's definitely melting with the brighter, stronger March sunshine, but next week's forecast has a chance of a little more snow as a possibility. Let's hope not! 



 This is the new print that I'm working on. It will be a multiple layer reduction block print of the seacoast at Odiorne State Park. I have printed one base layer so far, and will post my progress as I continue figuring out the color sequence.


Have a great week!