Wednesday, September 17, 2014

studio table

art tables after a day of collage

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

I have two art tables. One is for standing and the other is for sitting. The photo above was taken when I was deep into that day's collage, so both tables are covered with art supplies.

Whenever I work on a collage, various art supplies end up on my art tables: papers, book pages, linocut stamps, paints, pens. You name it, and I'm probably digging it out from a drawer or shelf.

Eventually, I run out of space on the tables, and I end up working on the collage in a space equivalent to a sheet of paper.

Other times, if I am working on a sumi ink painting or doing a linocut, the tables stay pretty neat and organized.

For the collage of this little bird, I used a stencil, sumi ink and acrylics for the background. The birds wings are a collage of papers from various books, washi, and painted tissue paper. The leaves are monoprints of dried leaves on tissue paper.

bird collage, 6 inches x 8 inches

I am joining Seth for his blog hop of messy studio tables.  Visit his blog to see more messy art studio tables.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


september left hand drawing
hand, pencil drawing

So do they go, those shining creatures, counting without confusion,
And holding in their slow, immeasurable gaze all the transactions
Of all the particles, item by atom, while the pyramids stand still
In the desert and the deermouse huddles in his hole and the rain falls
Piercing the skin of the pool with water in water and making a million
And a million designs to be pleasingly latticed and laced and interfused
And mirrored to the lord of everything that is by one and one and one.
excerpt from Angel and Stone by Howard Nemerov

Today was a great day for being outdoors. I rode my Surly to the outdoor market on this beautifully warm late summer day, bought some local vegies and fruit, and returned home.

Feeling rejuvenated, I made some tea and sat at my art table. This afternoon I experimented in my ledger journal with different mediums, trying to figure out which one felt right for this hand drawing. I finally realised that pencil was best and redrew it on a page from a vintage travel journal.

wishing everyone a good weekend
joining sunday sketches

Saturday, August 30, 2014

orcas island art journal

art journal,  moran state park on orcas island
days 2 and 3, moran state park on orcas island

Every morning, with coffee and art supplies nearby, I wrote down notes on what had happened the day before. Although, I completed two collage pages when on the trip, I am adding more to the art journal along with photos from the trip.

This week I finished pages for days two and three. Day two was spent riding back into town which involved a good elevation climb to get back to camp, so we spent the afternoon relaxing by a campfire.

Day three we hiked the four miles up with nearly a 1500 elevation climb, from the lower camp to Mt. Constitution. The climb up was along a beautiful, wide path and we didn't run into a single person. Coming down, we came a different way, recommended to us by the guide for its views. It was rocky, narrow and steep and my feet and knees were screaming by the time we reached the end. I was amazed at how different the terrain could be depending on which side of the mountain we were on.

wishing everyone a good weekend and joining sunday sketches