Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Project Space

Finally, as promised, some photographs of Project Space.  Wednesday, August 1st, from 5-8pm is the next reception date, so please stop in if you can and have some refreshments.  Some really amazing new exhibits are set up down there (sadly, I have not yet photographed those) and I couldn't encourage you more to come in if you live in the area.  On to the photos.

It looks a little empty here at the beginning, but it gives you an idea of the space I hope:  

Along one side and closer to the front are the studio artists (you can see my little Hobbit illustrations hanging on the right):

In the front window, Corrine Loomis Dietz has placed these wonderful pieces that are made of acrylic gel mediums (Golden, she is a Golden rep. so naturally).  They just cling to the window and are so beautiful particularly when the light hits them just right:

A couple of photos of her area at the beginning:

And more recently:

And my friend Bonnie Hull who is working on some fabric pieces responding to and using her mother's gloves (so inspired by these!) and also some work starting with monoprints.  Some earlier shots:

And more recent:

So cool, a couple of those pieces she made in response to my little illustrations (like that one up above that says "howl" was responding to this:

I love the idea of responding to the other artists work, something I will take away for future ideas.  Here is my little spot (and you will notice my daughter has an area right next to mine):

She is having a wonderful experience working down there.  I need to take some updated photographs of her work area as she has filled it to the brim with paintings, collages, and cut paper pieces.

And now for just some random photographs of other work around the space.  Most of this is now gone, with I think one exception, as these are mostly exhibiting artists and they do rotate throughout the summer.


Artists were, in order and I hope I'm not leaving anyone out, Niels Nielsen, Barry Shapiro, Ting-Ju Shao, Barbara Rowland, Rosemary Depler Cohen, and Ann Kresge.

Sorry for the huge post but I hope you enjoy looking at it all.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Deer?!?

In the 15 years we have lived in this house, we have never ever had a deer in our front yard, much less in our backyard.  It is a fully fenced yard.  But here it is, out in the backyard:

My husband took this photo and got quite close (was also using this as way to encourage the deer out of the yard as it took quite an interest in my growing carrots).  We live quite close to the river and have occasionally seen them in that area but this was a first.  It was clearly a young one.

Near the carrots...(oh no!)

Goodbye deer, I hope it headed back to the river.

Friday, July 27, 2012

There and Back again, Page 96 to 100

Since I am now right around 152 illustrations (halfway done!), I should really post here a little more often since it seems I'm about 50 behind.

I promised some photos of Project Space and one of these days I will put them on here I swear!  I'm having a great time working down there, conversing with the other artists, but my time is nearly done.  I plan to pack up my little area the week after next so I can have some proper summer time with my daughter before school starts.

Now, onto the illustrations:

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 96

Page 96: "He nibbled a bit of sorrel, and he drank from a small mountain-stream that crossed the path, and he ate three wild strawberries that he found on its bank, but it was not much good."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 97

Page 97: "Already the shadows were deepening about them..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 98

Page 98: "All of a sudden they heard a howl away down hill, a long shuddering howl.  It was answered by another away to the right and a good deal nearer to them; then by another not far away to the left."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 99

Page 99: "You would have laughed (from a safe distance), if you had seen the dwarves sitting up in the trees with their beards dangling down..."

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 100

Page 100: "In a minute there was a whole pack of them yelping all around the tree and leaping up at the trunk, with eyes blazing and tongues hanging out."

(Describing wolves.)

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 90 to 95

Page 90

Page 90: "Then he looked forward and could see before him only ridges and slopes falling towards lowlands and plains glimpsed occasionally between the trees."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 91

Page 91: "He crept still nearer, and suddenly he saw peering between two big boulders a head with a red hood on..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 92

Page 92: "'All of a sudden you gave one of your blinding flashes and we saw the goblins running back yelping."

Acrylic, acrylic gouache, ink, colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 93

Page 93: "'I got stuck in the door which was open a crack, and I lost lots of buttons..."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 94

Page 94: "In the flash which killed the goblins that were grabbing him he had nipped inside the crack just as it snapped to."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 95

Page 95: "'There will be a bit of a moon, if it keeps fine, and that is lucky.'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

There and Back again, Pages 86 to 89

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 86

Page 86: "Though he was only a black shadow in the gleam of his own eyes, Bilbo could see or feel that he was tense as a bowstring, gathered for a spring."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 87

Page 87: "The cry brought Bilbo's heart to his mouth, but still he held on."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 88

Page 88: "A pang of fear and loss, like an echo of Gollum's misery smote Bilbo..."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 89

Page 89: "Of course they soon came down after him, hooting and hallooing, and hunting among the trees."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Other things

A beautiful sunset several days ago and freezing blueberries.  Sigh, summer.