Tuesday, June 19, 2018

galleryjuana abstract monoprint art
Abstract VI, June 2018

Last month I purchased a gelliplate and have been monoprinting for the past several weeks. Previoiusly I had been using acrylic paint on plexiglass for my monoprinting.

The advantage to the gelliplate is that the acrylic paint stays wet longer. I can use thinner or thicker layers of paint or even mix the paints directly on the plate.

Abstract Figure I June 2018, galleryjuana
Abstract Figure I June 2018

Although most of the completed  works in the last 4 weeks have been abstracts, I completed a few figure drawings as well. I added some monoprint layers to the sumi ink figure line drawing above. I like how there is still a bit of randomness and spontaneity to the layers of color.

Start snow, everyday, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions,
what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.
Anna Deaverce Smith

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

sumi and walnut ink, line drawing, a couple in love

Abstract Couple I, May 2018

At the beginning of May I completed this line drawing with sumi and walnut inks of a couple in love.  
As I lay down either ink, each one is drawn to the other.

It reminds me of Pablo Neruda's Sonnet XVII.  Below is an excerpt:

I love you without knowing how,
or when, or from where,
I love you simply,
without problems or pride.
I love you in this way
because I don't know
any other way of loving but this,
in which
there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep
it is your eyes that close.

Monday, May 7, 2018

journal pages - figures, doodles and quotes

figure sketch and moon eclipse 

This year's journal is the largest size I've worked in thus far.  Each page measures 9.5 inches in height x 13 inches.  I doodle ideas, document daily happenings, as well as, figure sketch in it.  The only problem with that size is the scanner window is smaller then the journal page.

doodles and lemons

Enso and quote

I thought it might be daunting to have so much space to fill, but the challenge has been a good one.
Some days I fill the pages with doodles and whatever comes to mind.  Other days, quotes and figures dress the pages.

figure sketch, Angela Davis quote

figure line drawing

figure sketch, sumi and walnut inks

figure sketch

The sun is shining so I think I'll go for a bicycle ride.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

abstract figure drawing

abstract figure, line drawing and painting

Back in February, we suddenly had to move as our rental owner wanted to sell the place.  I really loved looking out that window facing the forest, but there have been new adventures to find in my new neighborhood.

abstract figure drawing

And with everything settled, I am finally painting again.  My love of line contour and abstract figures has joined this month with sumi ink and sepia ink.

Most mornings I sit in front of the window watching life progress by and writing  .... sketching in my journal.  Gratitude abounds.

I'll end with a wonderful quote I came across the other day:

Start now, everyday, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.
Anna Deavere Smith

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