Thursday, June 28, 2018

Colored Pencil Wren

I think this is a wren--I found the picture in O magazine.  I prefer to draw plant life, mainly because it's more forgiving, but while I'm in colored-pencil drawing class, with Christina Baltaylon, I thought I'd better take advantage and draw a variety of subjects.

I need to draw another bird, so I can correct the things I don't like about this drawing! We just started our second ten-week session at the Creative Arts Group, in Sierra Madre. We're drawing a succulent plant, beginning with realistic style, then moving to more abstract.

I'm sure this image will turn up in one of my collages.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Collage #13: Found amber gum leaf

From a workshop with Rebecca Wild: ayered mixed media--each layer separated and protected with acrylic matte medium. Pencil copperplate and pastel accents while leaf-shape was masked.
   Re-positioned mask and added more pastels. Removed mask and added lettering within that shape.
   I'd like to do more of this, with some overlapping gouache writing over the outer lettering.
   A fun project!

Collage #12: Here's looking at you.

It's good to post these--I notice the imperfections--great learning exercise.

The background is made from envelope security liners and obscured with gesso. The images are digitally enhanced. Lettering is scanned and overlaid in Photoshop.

This ostrich reminds me of one in Holland, during the time I was working over there. I was checking out a "children's farm" behind the hotel where several of us were staying. I wanted to see some unusual-to-me sheep, but the ostrich kept shifting to be in front of me, so I'd have to look at him, rather than the other animals. I had forgotten about that until now.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Collage #11 - Rose Colored Glasses

Clipped images, plus a stamp saved from correspondence from my favorite Flemish (Belgium) calligrapher--digitally manipulated. Lettering layered over the top.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inside Edition clip of high school calligraphy class

Davie Mark, in charge of Public Relations for the Society for Calligraphy, started our Teen Calligraphy Program. He set up after-school calligraphy classes at several schools. Beverly Womack helped out early on. This year, I took over at Buena Park High School, so David could teach at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights.

Inside Edition filmed the Buena Park class:, in conjunction with the Meghan Markle festivities, since Meghan Markle was a calligrapher before she got her job acting on Suits.

Care Package

Part of a care packet for Angie., the programs coordinator for the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter of the Society for Calligraphy.

More going out to our other IE/PV board members.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Collage #10: The Apple

This card was inspired by an apple drawing created during a colored pencil class which Marjorie Grace-Sayers and I are taking at Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre--we love it!

I scanned and layered the apple, digitally, with found photos--the apple tree was digitally manipulated for a more painterly look.  After printing, the postcard edges were rubbed with a red stamp pad.

Now to find time to write and send these! I'm SO far behind on correspondence these days.

Friday, May 18, 2018

KLM Dutch Houses - postcard

This scene on this postcard reflects the wonderful time I had commuting to Holland for over four years. Some of my favorite souvenirs were the ceramic Blue Delft Dutch houses, filled with Bows (Dutch) gin, which KLM gave to it's business class passengers.

I also picked up a similar design in Friesland--a bird house, and a similar little house, a little more colorful, picked up in Italy, when I purchased Rembrandt soft pastels. It would have been cheaper to buy those pastels in the U.S., but I wanted that little house!

This design features a digitally manipulated photo of those little houses. The Dutch neighborhoods have different colored pavements, one indicates a pedestrian walkway and the other is for bicycles. Pedestrian beware if you get in the way of those bicycles! The route I took to work took shortcuts that bypassed auto traffic. It even had a round-about strictly for bicycles! On semi-dark mornings, the police would stake that out and give tickets for not having a light on the bike. My coworker and I didn't have a light--people would warn us and we'd get off and walk.

The skies in the Netherlands weren't always this blue-they had lots of clouds, and often rain or light snow.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

#9 in collage series: Yellow-green postcard

Image collaged from magazine clippings, then manipulated in Photoshop. Handlettering is simply a caption for online posting. The postcard itself doesn't include hand-lettering--I didn't want to make it any busier. 
I'm practicing italic--I've been busy with the pointed pen and brush for awhile and haven't spent enough time with italic, one of my very favorite hands. I'm working to remedy that, now.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#8 in the Color Series of Collaged Postcards: Lime Green

Created a simpler design for No. 8. And, I'm switching to italic--for the moment, at least--I had been neglecting the broad-edged hands, due to teaching so much pointed pen and brush. Time to remedy that!

I'm practicing with markers in-between lettering with the dip pen--alternating those tools for pages of text and plenty of envelopes. The goal is to loosen up, without getting messy.

I have more ideas for collages, now the trick is to find time to execute them!