EXQUISITE CARDS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FLOWERS OF CHINESE NEW YEAR

TREE PEONY

Certain fruits & flowers convey a rich & symbolic message for CHINESE NEW YEAR. Peony is called the flower of riches & honor by the chinese. A symbol of beauty as well as of love & affection.                                                                               Cherry blossoms symbolize growth, prosperity, long life & romance.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SYMPATHY DESIGN

carnation sketch

I can never predict what will set off a design idea. This sympathy card started with the word solace, something I heard over the radio. The word stayed with me for a day. I didn't have to flip thru too many sketchbooks. This sketch of a dying carnation from last week seems to be perfect for a sympathy card.


SOLACE, my new sympathy greeting
I border this drawing with something blue, that came from an exercise with watercolor.

Friday, February 6, 2015

WATERCOLOR

After a very detail oriented project, I'm back to playing with watercolor…totally unconscious.

Monday, January 26, 2015

CONTE & CHARCOAL

Sometimes, wonderful things can happen just by pushing & rubbing paints around…just being intuitive with the abstract shapes of the winter pines outside my window.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WATERCOLOR FOR PORTRAIT

My prefer medium for portrait is watercolor with it's subtle expressive potential for modeling the features with many thin layers of glazes. I'm lavishing extraordinary care on this project. But I'm ambivalent about portrait painting. I like the challenge of capturing a likeness, but painting should not mean slavishly copying a photo. Let's see how I feel tomorrow?

Monday, January 12, 2015

MADONNA & CHILD

With tons of sketchbooks full of ideas, it takes a bit of serendipity to actually decide on a new project for 2015. My best friend's daughter just had a beautiful boy. It's special enough for me to sit down & start doodling. Borrowing from a classic theme, I'm approaching this Madonna & Child with more structure than my informal impressionistic works. 

Been refining the composition in a series of sketches. I use parallel strokes & cross hatching to add more life to this quiet study. With my aging eyesight, I wonder if I can still do figure painting.