Tuesday, November 3, 2020

“Beneath the Crying Moon”

 Finished this piece just before Inktober madness began. This is “Beneath the Crying Moon”

“Drifting along

Across the empty sea

That’s where I’ll be

Trying to find your tune

Beneath the crying moon


This vast emptiness

Darkness all around

Can I be found

And be near you soon

Beneath the crying moon“




Monday, November 2, 2020

Inktober 2020 Part 2

Continuing my Inktober 2020 in the same manner, with just laying down India ink and some color inks loosely and randomly, and then pulling out crazy, weird, random, strange images from the chaos. It has been so much fun to create these wild images.


A “family” gathering in the peaceful forest beneath the strange lopsided tree.


“Won’t you come down and play with me?”


Making magic


Don’t wake the sleepy bear in the forest.


"Is it lunch time?"


Just a nice fall day.


A motley crew of ghoulish Halloween trick-or-treaters.



Friday, October 23, 2020

Inktober 2020 Part 1

 I love Inktober, whether taking part and creating the artwork or viewing all the artwork created by other artists, from those I know to those I don’t and discovering new-to-me artists. I had wanted to try painting this year and decided that I would try this method during Inktober. For the first few pieces, I mostly start with a small wet watercolor paper (around 5 x 7 inches) and applied ink on the wet surface with a brush in wild strokes, sometime going for an image, mostly not having anything in mind.  Later, I start applying Winsor & Newton India Ink to a very wet surface and let it run around the paper for a while. For some of the pieces, I add some colored ink, which added some nice effects when the acrylic ink hits the India ink. Sometime I applied the ink lightly and loosely, sometime heavily. After the paper dried, I stare at the piece at different angles and decide on an image from all the shapes I can see (or not see) on the pager. I use a black ink pen and white gel pen, and sometime white ink, to shape and mold the chaos until I get an image that pops out at me. The result is a very fun whimsical image that I am starting to really love to do. I did miss a few days at the beginning of inktober because of a funeral, but I was able to do one each day (except for Day 19, I was overwhelmed with emergencies). I do hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I love creating them. Creating art should be a lot of fun.

This one starts out with just a cloudy seemingly windy fall day over a plain field as the fall leaves float along with the breeze.



Another windy cloudy days with some strange furry birds flying by (or heading south for the winter?)



Storm clouds over the mountain range



Another fall day



Just trying out strokes



Once I played with the W&N India ink, shapes started popping out at me.



Now I see lots of small critters in this strange forest, even a few ghostly birds flying by



An abstracted symbiosis happening between these birds and the strange forest.



I can’t help but see a giant something or other (bear? wolf? or Ewok?) next to the jutting black shape which turned into a mountain. I had to bring him out.



Strange alien fish-like creatures moving through space and creating more little fishy creatures.



A motley crew’s leisured walk through the forest.



“Can I get a ride on the 3-horned beast strolling through a field?”



A tiny whimsical dancer twirling herself round and round without a care in the world.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Playing With Dots


 I like the idea of just putting dots on a page and then seeing what pops out of it. Most of the time my mind wanders and when I refocused back onto the page, time has passed and a pattern on the page is beginning to form. It’s like my hand is independent of my mind and has a mind of its own.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Various Papers Test with Pencil

 Over the years I’ve collected a variety of papers.  Everywhere I go, if I see an art store, I always go in and see what kind of papers they sell that I haven’t seen before. Some of these papers I’ve owned for a while and never used. Recently I gather a sample of all the papers I have and just test them with pencil.

I’m using Koh-I-Noor 8B and 6B lead as follows (mostly): Top left of the sample paper is just 8B lead. Top right is 8B lead over 6B. At the bottom left I brushed on 8B that is ground on sandpaper, and then go over with the 8B lead. Bottom right is 8B brushed onto the paper and going over with the 6B lead. On some of the papers, the effect is very interesting.


On some of the papers, I didn’t follow the above process. I just make marks using Mars Lumograph Black 8B, my favorite pencil. Then I went back and added the MLB 8B to the middle of the other paper samples as well.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

An Obsession or OCD?

I’ve been obsessed (again) with inking and dotting. These are wips of a triptych I’m working on. Lots of swirling, undulating movement going on. These 3 images came to me as I was sitting at one of my previous conventions (Remember those? So long ago?), just watching people walking by. My first attempt was in pencil. I think I like ink better, even though it is taking a very long time with my slow moving meticulous brain. I find this process works better for me and I may stick to ink stippling … maybe. It’s so much cleaner! And precise! I still love working with pencil.




Monday, June 29, 2020

“A Moment” Totems


I used to have objects that I can hold and look at, when I’m in the chaos or darkness, to remind me what is real.  The object provides me a moment, just one moment, for something, anything.  A moment of thankfulness for the things I have.  A moment to realize maybe things aren’t so bad.  A moment to reflect.  A moment to make a different choice.  A moment to change a mindset.  Sometime it only takes a moment.  And that moment can be a good thing.  I want to provide that moment through my art.

This project is something that has been on my mind for many years but I never really know how to present it.  I didn’t want the art to just be on the wall.  I wanted it to be something a person can hold onto, to keep with them for those times when the art can provide that one meaningful moment, a “totem” of sort.

Each totem contains a small print of the original artwork, is matted with either a solid color circular mat or a one of a kind hand painted mat.  Each print with mats and circular backing is sealed.  I’m still working out the final seal medium.  I’m considering sealing the entire totem in resin.  The totem is meant to be touched and handled as well as viewed.

Sometimes, it just takes a moment …