Monday, June 27, 2011

Books and sketches

I decided I wanted something to document my progress with my Lord and Schryver Project.  Something casual to sketch and make notes in but also keeping in mind I would share it with the project as its own artwork, so to speak.  Despite never having done it before, and because I'm super picky about having just the right sketchbook or journal for whatever I'm working on, I decided to make one.  So after watching a brief video on YouTube, I went to the art supply store and bought what I needed.  After spending a couple hours ripping up paper (exhausting) and probably another couple of hours assembling, I had not one but four sketchbooks to use.  I used the extra paper to make little books to go with the larger one.  I think they turned out pretty well for my first time:

I sewed the pages with a linen thread.  Inside the large one:

The large one is the main journal to document the project.  Here is a watercolor sketch inside (it is a sketch of one of the completed paintings so you are getting a sneak peak of it, one of these days I'll share the original):

Speaking of sketches, I've been trying to get back in the habit of them.  Here is one I did for a new, larger, little portrait I started today:

I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  Here it is with the inspired photograph:

Aren't they a great couple?  I didn't get very far on the painting today, unfortunately, as I'm a bit under the weather.  Caught a cold from my daughter who keeps reminding me I need to add the curtain, window, and couch to the drawing.  I'm keeping that in mind.  I hope you are all well!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The idea grows...and grows...

It is funny how certain events and inspirations have to line up, to occur, before I suddenly realize what I am working towards.  I've had snippets, bits of ideas.  I knew I was working on a body of work with a particular theme in mind but it wasn't until a couple of mornings ago that I understood the full scope of what I should do and perhaps how I should work on future projects.  It was one of those moments where I wish I had the dramatic music and lighting of a movie.

I won't go into all the specifics now, but, in short, the Lord and Schryver painting series has just grown in concept.  There will be more than paintings.  I have ideas for all sorts of media.  And while this started with only the beautiful gardens this pair designed it is now branching into them, the women, as well (of course the figure worked its way back in).  You can see above a little sculpture developing.  Some work left to do on that one before it dries.  In the photograph, that is Elizabeth Lord (left) and Edith Schryver (right).  This photo of them is iconic around these parts, or at least it seems that way to me.  Aren't they lovely?

To help me get an idea of all the elements, I started working on this very preliminary plan:

I expect all that empty space to soon be filled in with ideas.  Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


If only I could include the scent of this rose in my post.  It is absolute heaven.  I think it is called Deep Secret.  I have a weakness for sweet smelling or unusually colored roses.  Here's one in bud:

It starts out a deep, dark red.  Perhaps the bright red inside is the secret?  I can see this rose and several more out my studio window.  A nice place to rest the eyes while painting.

I'm playing with some new ideas today.  Broadening the scope of my current painting project (that everlasting Lord and Schryver series).  Might include things like work on paper, handmade sketchbooks, sculpture, and perhaps a little book at the end?  Basically whatever I want, wherever I feel like the work should take me.  And I hope, when this series is complete, to follow it with another.  The ideas are swirling.  I like it that way.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the studio

I hope to do more frequent posting on this blog.  Work in progress, inspiration, random little things.  Little posts much like the little portraits so often in my work.

Something new I'm trying.  Seeing how I like painting more detail in these little ones.  Not trying to be accurate, just more depth perhaps?  The acrylic stage almost complete here, yesterday, and then today I'm on to the oil paint.

It is suddenly getting warm outside today, finally, like it knew it was officially summer now.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Still here!

Wow, I didn't realize just how long it has been since my last update.  I admit I haven't been much in the mood for being on the computer and kept putting off a post.  I suspect it is the nice weather we are finally getting.  So let me update what I've been up to lately.

I have finished three paintings from the Lord and Schryver series I've been working on.  I wish I was further along but I got sidetracked working on some new, larger portraits.  Larger than my little ones anyway.  Here is one in progress:

I have three of these finished (including now this one) and one more I hope to finish over the weekend.  Then, other than one small project for an upcoming group show of sorts (more about that later) I am committed to finishing the L&S paintings.  I keep thinking I'll post the completed ones here before the others are finished but then I change my mind.  I think I want to share them all together.  Which probably means I should wait. 

That is about it.  I hope to share more about that upcoming group show perhaps in a week or so, the details are still being decided but it looks like it will be interesting.  Part of my preparation is to make two pieces which will be placed in a book along with the other participating artists.  The theme, for lack of a better word, is Permanent/Temporary.  So one piece for permanent and one for temporary.  No clue yet what I'm going to do but I'll have to decide soon as it is due by the end of the month. 

I'll try to stop in here a little more often despite the nice weather.  Until next time!