Thursday, January 3, 2019

Postcard #18: Collect Unforgettable Experiences

Finally, I finished these bright and cheerful cards--they should brighten a few mailboxes!

These are part of my digital collage project. The cards often start with clippings from a magazine. "Treasured memories" is lettered with a brush pen, which shows up well against the busy background.

I worked for 4+ years in Leiden, about 3/4 of an hour inland from Amsterdam. I loved Leiden--it was like a pretty, much smaller version of Amsterdam and that small town had seven (!) museums, most in the center of town.

My coworkers and I all had bicycles. Even though the company provided cars, bicycles could miss the "rush-hour" traffic jams. Those two- and four-lane roads weren't made to handle the every-increasing number of cars on the road. Plus, there were interesting things to see on the out-of-the-way lanes we could easily take via bike.

Whenever first-time visitors came to town,  they invariably wanted to visit Amsterdam, so a group of us would take the train and play tour guide. Way too many wonderful memories for a 4x6 postcard!!!

Friday, December 28, 2018

In-progress digitized art postcard: Collect Experiences

I haven't posted for awhile, so I thought I'd post this, even though it's not yet finished.

The map of Amsterdam and the text, "Collect Unforgettable Experiences", were clipped from a magazine and became the inspiration for the rest of the collage.

The red heart represents that my heart is still back in Leiden, where I worked and lived for several years.

  This piece will be cut down to postcard size and I expect to add some hand-lettering as a small accent.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

French Sunflowers

Finally getting around to making a postcard from an image I created in design class many years ago. At the time, I was fumbling with Photoshop and managed to create these effects after much trial and error. I still like this very much.

The photo was snapped in a late-season sunflower patch in rural France.

Monday, September 24, 2018

#16 One-Color Collage: Orange Crush

I've been busy with calligraphy work and fell behind on my postcard project. I have several partially finished designs and just completed this version.

Collected images were collaged, then digitally manipulated. Copperplate was scanned and layered in Photoshop. Lots of fun.

Now back to the calligraphy jobs. . .

Thursday, September 20, 2018

L - drawn letter as a gift

This letter was drawn in a workshop with Heather Held. Incorporating a simply-flourished copperplate letter, the terminal lobes are gold-leafed with 23 carat gold. The centers of the flowers are glued-on crystals. The color is blended from watercolor pencil. Gold accent strokes are added with fine-tech gold, applied with a brush, as well as with clear Stardust gel pen. I want to make more of these!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Collage #13: Another use for my half-apple sketch

I'm re-using my colored-pencil half-apple sketch for a new postcard design--this version includes quickly-written pointed-pen calligraphy. I had fun playing with the color strips made with pastels.
Some of my postcards on exhibit in the Pomona Valley Art Association's Art Place. The exhibit ends today. Picture taken by friend, Jenny Allen--please ignore the glare from the overhead lights. 

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.