Archive for the ‘Visual Journaling’ Category

I have several ideas for final steps, and I am worried about spoiling it, which can happen, even though a person shouldn’t think that way. So to calm my fears, I’ll post this near-final version of “She Asked My Advice.”

When the final version is ready, I’ll post it and also identify the fellow artist who sent me the material in the left border.

Original is about 9 by 11 inches, my big visual journal.

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“A riot of color” was my plan for a 7″ by 10″ painting in my visual journal. It’s got acrylic paints and glaze; a spritz of alcohol; some crayon rubbing; white paint pen; and a large cast of felt tip markers. Lots of pointillism with white pen and fine tip markers; and I wouldn’t object to more.

There are some spots where the color combinations just don’t work [I tried not to scan those], but on the whole I created something I really like. It’s gaudy, lively, and complicated. Here are three out-takes from “A Riot of Color,” with narrow borders added.

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I tried the art strategy where you paint a background and look for an image in it to bring forward. In this case it was a kneeling woman. Later the same day, I received a mail-art postcard with a very interesting head, so I added it to my drawing.

I was very pleased that I could isolate a proto-image to work with.The line defining her shoulder is an unfortunate one that I may collage over and address later. It makes my eyes hurt.

Craft acrylics, several brands of markers, charcoal pencil and pastels. Several blasts of workable fixative to prevent unplanned smearing.

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In my old quilting group, I was teased for my inclination toward so-called neutral colors. I haven’t worked that much with blacks and tans lately, but a big striped shopping bag from Designer Shoe Warehouse came into the house recently and begged to be cut up and used.

This piece reminded me that when you are working with multiple media, the order of operations matters. The monoprinted layer went down first and produced  interesting blotches.  I hated to cover them up.

Another thing I remembered is that I like little collections of vertical marks. I like making them and I like looking at them, too. You’ll have to click on the image to really see them. I could make more ….

I might make another piece like this and work harder on the composition. It was a really big shopping bag: There’s lots of striped paper.

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I’d wear this! I copied a dress image from a promotional postcard, using water-soluble crayons and a few ticks of water color pencil and alcohol marker. The crayons do not create a fine line, but I am trying to learn to work with them because they are so vivid and require less elbow room and caution than a palette of liquid paints.

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I’m not sure about the difference, but these seem more like doodles than marks to me. Too bad, I was trying for “marks.” This piece was pretty motionless until I added the double circles with orange and red felt-tip pens. Now I see the movement, but I don’t think it’s finished yet.

Click on this, it really pops when you do.

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I found these ink sketches in an old notebook yesterday. I colored the more shapely one with Crayolas.

The crayons were a 40-pack gift from a friend. There was a nice range of colors but no labels or names to help you quickly choose the one you want from a cluster of similar shades. I guess I’ll have to make my own color chart and numbering system. Note: And I did.

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