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Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending August 17

 

Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.

Hello to a week of Art.

Saturday, August 11 – I worked on the secret project.

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Sunday, August 12 – I worked on the secret project.

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I also prepared these 6″ x 6″, 1/8″, masonite boards. For what? I don’t really know although my idea right now is to do some more of those graffiti/cartoon kind of painting things, you know, with the words in them. Really, I just felt like letting my hand paint fast and big and these little boards, well, I’ve got a whole lot of them. So I’ll see where they go.

I worked on some more acrylic ink/paint colored papers as well today, and here are the offshoots – the old-book pages where I soak up extra ink or paint. later I can use these for collage.

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These acrylic inks are really growing on me. I had bought a set of basic colors to see if I liked the medium, some time ago, and I wasn’t that excited at the beginning. But I’m starting to appreciate them for their intensity and their clarity, plus a kind of translucency that makes for layering that has a real depth of color.

Monday, August 13 – I had time to work on a couple of illustrations for my Minuscule story book.

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Tuesday, August 14 – Secret project…

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Wednesday, August 15 – More secret project…

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and a couple of other things. I did another illustration for my Minuscule book, or rather, I did a couple of versions of the same scene. These pictures are simple and straightfoward, plus being small, so I find it is easier for me to dive in and make several versions, then choose the one I like best. I’m working in India ink and Chinese brush for these.

I choose the one version I like best at the end of the session for the book; I save any others that appeal to me; and I cut up the failures. I’ll use them for collage later on. Here you see finished scenes and future collage papers.

I also worked on those 6″ x 6″ boards I painted a few days back. I’m working on them bit by bit, medium by medium. Since I had the ink and brush out I decided to make that the next stage for these little guys.

What I did was rotate each piece through all its orientations. There is always one that appeals to me – it’s not a thinking thing but an aha! this is the right one – kind of thing.

Then I outlined the things I saw in that image. You’ll see what I mean when you see the photos.

Now I have got the beginnings of a plan for each one of these.

Thursday, August 16 – I worked on some more brush and ink illustrations for my Minuscule book project.

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My mind has been scattered this week. And you know that I usually like to make more than one attempt at a quick drawing like these. That couple of attempts has enlarged into several. Oh well. I’m less focused or I’m harder to satisfy these days, I don’t know which. Anyway, one good thing – that means there are lots of scraps from failed attempts to add to my future collage projects box.

I also added a little bit to the 6″ x 6″ mixed-media things I have going on. Today I used some acrylic inks.

These still have a way to go, but they are beginning to develop some personality.

Friday, August 17 – I think I will end the Diary for this week here. As I have said before, I have been involved in some family issues and my time and energy for art have been limited. I think I will take the afternoon off and read a book. See you next week.

OK, that’s it for this week! Thank you for coming along with me.

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Eggs Outside

This painting, “Eggs Outside”, was done in June, 2018. I started off with the white shapes and the painting grew from the middle out.

I took the painting to one show and it sold right there. To a lady who has bought from me before, and, having done so, she asked me and I agreed – I did a collage workshop for her Girl Scout troop some years back.

The art world is made of all kinds of connections, isn’t it?

Acrylics on board, 12″ x 16″.

Eggs Outside 6-18 12 x 16001

Art Diary 2018 – Week Ending August 10

Art Diary. A weekly wrap-up of art activities. For earlier posts, search under the category Art Diary.


Art in all kinds of forms. Yes!

Sunday, August 5 – This week’s diary may be skimpy on information, I warn you. I plan to devote a lot of time to my secret project and I can give you only glimpses of it. I worked on it both days this weekend – here are those glimpses:

And here is what else I did. Odds and ends of clay work. I put my name and date on the backs of these sgraffito tiles. Now they are ready to be wrapped up and stored (soon as my ordered bubble wrap comes in…)

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I started coloring these tall figurines. They will be part of my next firing.

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And the small figurines I did late last week are drying. Notice how the color changes as the figures dry out.

Monday, August 6 – Some more work on those clay ladies…

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More work on the secret project.

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Tuesday, August 7 – My husband and I went to Allentown, PA, to drop off a painting for an upcoming exhibit at the Baum School of Art:

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That took no time. So we decided to walk up the Art Walk to eat lunch at a restaurant we’ve enjoyed in the past, Queen City BBQ. Here are some pictures of the Art Walk:

We stopped at the Dick Blick store on the way home.

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Now I am a devoted Blick customer but I do my shopping through the internet – the nearest store to me is in Center City Philadelphia and that’s not easy to get to. So when in Allentown we often take the opportunity to stop in here and browse. I bought a tube of paint, a sketchbook with gray pages, and some white acrylic ink as a treat for myself.

Wednesday, August 8 – These two ladies are finally done. Ready for firing.

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Thursday, August 9 – I priced these tiles and wrapped them up. Now they can be stored until I take them to a show.

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I loaded the kiln with the work that I have on hand. I may try a firing as soon as I get a cooler day (the kiln should not be run on 85 degree F +/- days, it doesn’t like it). This load is tiny but I don’t worry anymore about packing the kiln fully for a firing – I mostly want to keep the work flowing. I’ll check the weather and see what looks good. Anyway, even if I add more work, I’ve got this amount already set to go, that’s always a nice thing.

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Friday, August 10 – Well, this week didn’t go as planned, really – I have had ongoing family issues and some other hitches in the schedule. Hoping next week might hang together a little better.

This afternoon I did some work for my secret project – I can tell you that this aspect of it involved painting some papers. I used acrylic inks today, mostly:

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and I used acrylic paints, including the new one I bought on Tuesday in Allentown. I do love trying out a new paint. This one looks like I’m going to love having it in my paint workforce.

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I was painting at random to achieve my effects today – here are the things for the project:

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and here are some accidental byproducts that are extremely useful. I usually use a page from an old book to blot or spread inks or paint – today I used this one, from my childhood collection:

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Who knew the Bobbsey Twins could be so versatile as to still be hard at work solving mysteries and opening eyes right here in the art studio, 50 years after I purchased this volume? The paper is soft and absorbent but is not at the point of being so brittle that it crumbles. Here are the results. I’ll save them to use later.

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And, I’d like to mention, these papers were painted to the accompaniment of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, can’t say enough good about them – and then, my favorite radio program ever, Funky Friday on WXPN Philadelphia (Fridays 4-7 PM, just saying). You will always paint beautiful papers to the sounds of music that makes your feet move, believe me.

All right. I’ll finish up here and go listen to more music. Happy Friday!

See you next week! Thanks for following along with me.

Repeating

Sometimes I do another version of the same image. Here are couple of instances. I think you’ve seen all these images before, but not together.

(I think something went wrong with this post – I did it while back. And now I have no idea what I meant and it looks like some images are missing…so, just take a look at these for what they are, no theme at all!)

Do You See It?

More ATC-sized acrylic paintings from May, 2018.

Kind of abstract. Vegetation. People. That’s the story, anyway!