Black Uniball pen and muted watercolors in my Hobonichi planner. Random explorations with color and line.
There is a sense of play that mark making provides. It frees up expectations and allows the hand and mind to wander together on a page.
The beginning of a contemporary abstract painting…
Yesterday I was reorganizing the studio, going out to look at art supplies, and generally not painting anything at all. Some days you just can’t force the process–even with a painting deadline on the horizon. An artist learns to trust that ideas will happen only when the time is right…
But this morning the muse “magic” that totally defies logic kicked in at 5:30 am. Yes, creativity demanded attention–before coffee–before I felt even half-way human; yet, who am I to argue the time of day that inspiration decides to appear?
I figured if I could get this charcoal drawing idea out of the brain and on to my paper, then I could happily stumble to the kitchen and fix myself a cup of morning coffee.
So it happened. And the coffee was good. And the day will be filled with painting.
Art journaling exotic and familiar fruits
For the month of May, I joined up with a group of Instagram artists to illustrate fruits for each day in our Hobonichi notebooks. Some of these fruits were very new to me, and so I was happy, that along with an artistic prompt benefit, there was an educational perk as well. Now I have several fruits that I am determined to find so I can sample all the delicious qualities that other people have been chatting about on my Instagram feed.
I chose to keep it fairly simple with watercolors, ink, and graphite. And so far, I am happy to say I have kept up with this project. Thirty-one days seems like a more manageable timeline for endurance as compared to the 100 day challenge that admittedly took more tenacity. So… here are my fruity offering so far…
Speedball carving tools for mixed media projects…
Today it was rainy and quite dreary looking outside here in Central Florida, not to mention a few powerful thunderstorms rolled on through. I decided to stay inside for the day and play in the art studio. I had a small piece of Speedball pink carving rubber that I found in “the” closet, and I thought carving would be a great way to relax and listen to the rain while keeping myself busy.
There are a lot of wonderful YouTube videos on how to use lino cutting tools, so I won’t give a detailed account of technique. Just remember to keep your fingers out of the way. And when you want to make curved lines, turn the rubber underneath the cutting tool… things go a lot smoother that way. 😉
For this coffee stamp I must admit that I did not sketch on paper and then transfer onto the rubber, but you should. I figured it would be easy enough use a smooth ballpoint pen and just draw on the rubber directly. Luckily for me, my brain flipped the letters around correctly, and when I printed the stamp the word “coffee” was readable. This is no small miracle. But some days, art studio magic happens.
I also just used the direct “draw on the rubber” technique (do not judge my impatience!) LOL for the rest of these stamps. I was on a roll, finishing quite a few designs today. But I am almost out of tins–my tin stash is slowly being depleted. Sigh. I guess I will have to go tin shopping again soon! For those who know me, there aren’t enough tins in the universe. Tin obsession!!!!
Happy carving friends. Please keep all your fingers!