Monday, June 24, 2013

Salted Lilly Experiment


     This is a drawing on bristol board I used as a kind of template for a painting I did, hopefully, for a show.  I had it just sitting around for a while when I was flipping through a book on drawing exercises and realized it would fit one of the prompts for the most part.  At first, I considered painting in each area, but wasn't really in the mood for it so, with a set of watercolors, I pushed some paint around.  It was still boring, so I sprinkled some salt over it and got this cool effect. That was yesterday. Today, I tweaked it a bit in Elements. It's an experiment and nothing I'm super proud of, but it was fun anyway.

Also, when I'm not blogging, I have some of my other experiments and improvised art captured on Instagram.  Follow me at ravenmaid1267.  Thanks and have a great week!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Exploration: 6th Grade Flute


     I'm working my way through various books of creative exercises including one that prompts us to document or recreate an object from our childhood.  Searching through a box of my old and very special things, I found this: a linocut block from sixth grade art class.  It features the flute I played from 5th grade until my senior year of college.  Today, on a "printing day", I made a print from it over seventeen years later.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

ATCs: Faux Haiku Mini Art


    I don't know about you, but it's raining here.  A great day to sit at my desk and make some art.  One of things I like to do sometimes is play around with collage.  My drawing method is very tight and controlled.  It requires long hours with a pen or marker going over lines and coloring areas so now and then, I just like to push some paint around.
     Artist trading cards are great for this because they're so small and don't require as much of a commitment as larger pieces.  They're ideal for experimentation for the same reasons.  Anyway, sometimes it feels good to take a few and paint them however (usually with the leftover paint from the more serious projects.)
    Also, right now, I've sort of started a line of "mini art" using cards like this.  They make ATC sized now (that's 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches) and I thought they would be good to sell at craft shows.  People could buy those little frames and own a tiny piece of original and, hopefully, inspirational artwork.  Mine feature little sayings and what I'm calling "faux-haiku" poetry made from text cut from magazines.  Here's a couple I just finished.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Exploration: Found Paper


     Happy Monday, everyone!  I just wanted to show you a little collage I made today featuring paper I've found including a work schedule, mailing envelope, church bulletin, and a high school graduation program.  Have a great week and go make stuff!