Once again the Watercolor for Illustration students in my class at Bellevue College came up with some very accomplished paintings, many for their first try at watercolor. They worked on half sheets of Arches 140# cold press paper (15″ x 22″) enlarging compositions from a photo or photo collage and practiced a variety of watercolor techniques to create finished paintings. Many were not quite finished by the end of the course. I’ll post those later if they are sent to me. Here are the paintings that were finished, or close enough, to see the skill and challenges they brought to their chosen image using this difficult medium. I’m so inspired by them!
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This month I’ll have some unframed sumi paintings available at the Madison Art Collective including 4 half sheet figure paintings on Rives BFK tan paper. I’ll also have some animal sumi paintings including horses, birds, fish and a crab.
There’s a reception Saturday Feb 4 from 2-5:00 pm at 2703 E Madison Street in Seattle for the featured oil painter, Jeanne Edwards, and the jewelry designer, Heather Kraft. Come by if you can or anytime you are near the Madison Valley neighborhood. Two of my close artist friends also have stunning work on display…. Pat Clayton with her oil landscapes, and Ellen Rutledge with her unique etchings with chine colle & collage
It’s the day after a horrible accident where my son was hit by a car breaking his perfect front teeth. Following an evening in the ER and an afternoon at the dentist, I found myself showing this painting to my watercolor students. I’d brought it to discuss the usefulness of color comps to explore background color options before starting to paint, as I’d saved the studies. Then the tooth connection clicked! Remember when it was exciting to lose your teeth? It’s no fun when you are 27. May the tooth fairy bring you a generous treat, Adrien. That’s her in the window of the house across the street, witnessing the loss of your tooth. The painting was part of a proposal for a children’s book by Cooper Edens.
Dara McKinley describes our serendipitous collaboration on her web site. Dara always makes me feel like a goddess and is a joy to work with. We saw this image grow from a t-shirt idea, coming soon, to her realization that this image embodied her identity and now appears on her newly designed web site, VOLVER-Returning to Our Feminine Essense.
Sandy Haight is a fine artist who designed the sumi logo for this site. I first saw her art in a local gallery and immediately contacted her about creating a t-shirt. My logo above was the first image she sent me. I opened the file and to my pleasant surprise discovered that she drew my ass:) I had no need to look any further. “She” was the one. Sandy is a dream to work/create with and has a beautiful gift for the sensuality of nature and art.
This sumi-e figure was created for a show at ArtEast Gallery in Issaquah, WA where artists were invited to draw the figure on 1/2 sheets of tan Rives BFK paper to create a unified figure show titled Drawing on Observation. I went to a life drawing session with my biggest sumi brushes and a stack of the sturdy paper and had some fun results, seen here.