Sunday, October 19, 2014

flower wallpaper

gallery juana, october flower linocut
flower linocut and wallpaper print on rice paper by galleryjuana

I continued working on the studies for the conversation series this week. I decided I wanted my figures to be in a room with a wallpaper background. For that purpose, I made a linocut with a flower and leaves. It was very satisfying to follow this through in one day from design to print.

A flower blossoms for its own joy.
Oscar Wilde

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

colored pencils

study for the conversation, gallery juana
study for "The Conversation", 8 x 10

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Earlier in the week I rode my bicycle out to the local art store. They didn't have what I originally went there for, but in looking around I found a huge display of prismacolor colored pencils.

I didn't really need colored pencils as I have some derwent watercolor pencils, but the huge selection of colors were so enticing that I planted myself in front of the display. I bought three colors in the prismacolor premier line: french grey 30%, cool grey 50%, and powder blue. I already had a prismacolor colorless blender at home, so I was good to go.

Below you can see the succession of the above piece from pencil line drawing to the build up of color.

figure line drawing, gallery juana
line drawing for "the conversation" study

wip gallery Juana
 conte crayon and charcoal with colored pencil wip

wip gallery Juana
colored pencil wip

I want to add a second figure and will work on the second figure this week. Then I'll need to figure out how to fit them both on an 8 x 10 support. I already mail-ordered the supports so that size is pretty much settled.

What is your favorite colored pencil brand?
For a quick demo see the virtual instructor's video on this line of colored pencils.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

art journal pages

john coltrane portrait, journal page

I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.
― John Coltrane

This past week I listened to Coltrane and Miles Davis music for the first time. While listening to round midnight, I sketched Coltrane's portrait in pencil. I then went over it with charcoal and outlined his hand with sumi ink.

september journal page, Flexible

I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. ― Frida Kahlo

I also completed my journal page for a life in the year of an art journal. The prompt was to complete a journal page inspired by Frida Kahlo's work. Using her painting titled The Broken Column as inspiration, I wanted this journal page to represent the ability to survive and live beyond life's low points.

I started out with a figure line drawing on top of a gesso and acrylic background. To that I added pastels set with titan buff acrylic. I then added painted and stamped tissue paper for the t-shirt.

I looked through my vintage 1941 Mechanical Engineers Handbook for images that would add a mechanical element. When I read "flexible couplings allow for a slight occasional misalignment" I felt it was a perfect metaphor of surviving the twists and turns that we experience in life. The drawings of coupling parts can be seen in the arm, lower body, and to the right of the face.

wishing everyone a good weekend and joining sunday sketches and a life in the year of an art journal
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