Railroad Landscape from the Kellogg Overpass, 7" x 5" watercolor and pen
Oh, the things railroads to to my little Southern artist heart. All that power and rhythm, all that gorgeous graphic design they create in the landscape, all those long miles to explore ... and of course the sound of those big diesel beasts that could squash you like a bug.
Never let it be said that Southern culture has no morbid streak.
I went to take my recycling out and noticed something odd in the big Dumpster. On close inspection, I found that this poor fellow was clean, dry, soft, and in perfectly good repair. He'd simply been tossed out.
My inner five-year-old was aghast. I could surely find someone who would love him, so I took him in, snapped a couple photos, and plunked him onto my Facebook page, where (to my surprise) he got more interest and comments than almost anything else I've ever posted. One friend re-named him the Velveteen Pony and another begged me to send him to her for her little granddaughters.
So Velveteen Pony will have a new life in Florida, after I draw his portrait. And I will continue dumpster-plucking without shame, because some things just shouldn't be landfill fodder.
Two of four are now finished. Both 10 x 8" and on the same heavy, cotton-fiber paper. These are birds I've always loved to watch, bright and energetic as they are; they make me happy, and I hope to share some of that joy in these paintings.
Drawn from life at my friend's studio, a giant sunflower taken from her garden. Its arched stem and wildly curved petals reminded me of Art Nouveau, so I used pen to emphasize those lines and echo that style a little.
I like to make floral art at approximately life-size, which in this case meant BIG. It's 11" x 15", layers of pen, watercolor, and acrylic on heavy cotton-fiber paper from France. All the edges are deckled or torn, so it'll do great float-mounted in a standard 16 x 20" or 20 x 24" frame. Available, $250.
Next on the flower agenda: Peonies from another friend's garden! I'll be grabbing a vase full today, before they're gone for the year.
I'd been meaning to do this for a while and at Crawl I had the opportunity, so I took it (Art Crawl, for those unfamiliar, is something like a pub crawl but with art studios; there is usually still some alcohol to be had, too).
The first iteration is in my pocket sketchbook, and even taking up two pages it's only about 7" wide. I wanted a larger (and unbound) version, so I translated it to 8 x 10" and this is the result:
Many hours and many finely drawn lines later, I had something I really loved. This is pen, watercolor, and acrylic on imported French printmaking paper. Prints and greeting cards are here, and the original is available at $225.
So, you know how this was supposed to be a series of four Sparrows? Yeah, about that ...
I was looking for photos of horses (and I found several great ones) to use for art, and stumbled on a photo of this little female house sparrow by chance. She was so cute I figured, well, what's one more?
Blue and Gold #3, above and #4, below. 10 x 8" and 5 x 7", respectively. These are both sold and I'll miss them, even while I'm happy to send them flitting off to new homes. One will be landing in Pennsylvania and the other, down in Texas.
"Whatchya Got?", 10 x 8" watercolor on Ye Olde French Printmaking Papier. I had this great photo of this horse, one of the smartest horses I've ever met and also one of the funniest characters. I'd grin every time I looked at the photo and finally I couldn't resist taking some time out of Serious Art Making to create this little piece. It was so much fun to do this ... I've already found a second Goofy Gelding to paint.
When I've just finished a piece, I want to get it out there on the web NOW. If it's after dark, forget it, the answer is: Wait for morning. If there's sunlight, great; now the art must be well-lit without getting full of glare. Today, ^ this is how I solved that problem.