Watercolors have taught me a thing or two about letting go and trusting the process. I may have an idea in my head of what I would like to see, but then the watercolors steer me in a different direction, one I may not have intended, one I may not like, but I follow to see where it goes...most of the time. I do turn into that 2 year old and ball up the paper and throw it away, but I've mellowed over the years. I think I'm at least 6 years old now.
I favor Daniel Smith watercolors. They are splendid with vibrant colors and even some fun sparkles from genuine mineral pigments. Love it! Brushes I've been straying towards the Spectre Gold II watercolor brushes from Windsor Newton. I also love Isabey Kolinski Sable series. I always find terrific deals on them and they really hold up. Daniel Smith also has a decent masking fluid, but I struggle to get a fine line without bubbles interrupting everything. Now this very well could be me, since it seems to happen with other masking fluid I have tried. I know, I don't shake them, but it still happens. I think the solution is to create something where you can store the masking fluid upside down.
Casey & Lucy
This was a special commission for a friend.
I love the fact that there are so many variations in pens these days and that anyone of them has the personality to create the perfect piece of art. Even your standard ball point pen has magical properties! I discovered some Pentel Slicci pens with a needle point (.25), and Pilot Hi Tech C, also in micro points. Lots of colors! And they layer well when used in cross hatching. Aaaahhhhh, cross hatching. Talk about meditative art. Seriously. I find that cross hatching is very calming for me. I may not make anything legitimately art, but therapy is therapy.
Tree Of The Perfect Saturday
Tree Of Longing
Tree Of Knowing
Simplified Kitty Curl Up
I have a blast doing graphics and I feel like I'm learning new things all the time. So far all my work is due to "word of mouth", but that's just fine with me as I also do graphics where I work, but only on a part time basis. I've taken it upon myself to learn everything I can and find that Lynda.com is a very valuable resource. Likewise, there are some great tutorials for specific things related to "how tos" in Illustrator and Photoshop that allow me to do more and get even better.
I have created both print and web graphics for companies like Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, CA.; Green Vista Stables; Nissan of Santa Rosa; and Amaturo Sonoma Media.
Downtown Eats & Beats
Poster for an upcoming summer event/festival
A number of the logos I have designed have been from clients I either frequent or are referred to me. They maybe a service provider or somewhere I eat my lunch a lot! Word of mouth is powerful.
My Sonoma Deals
Green Vista Stables
Every once in a while, I discover a new medium that just turns my head and blows my mind. That would be Alcohol Inks! They are a fickle medium that has a will of it's own. I have not successfully "painted" with them, but I have come to an understanding to drips and/or pour them and let them do their thing.
Multi Media Collage
I use Alcohol Inks on Yupo, with different means of sparkles.
Technicolor Night Mares
So every once in a while, I am inspired to do something very different from what I've ever done. Granted it employs all things I have done before, but in different ways. Instead of just doing an alcohol inks painting, I cut out shapes I made from a stencil. Instead of a painted background, I added gesso and pressed in a texture. Instead of a frame, I used foil tape, distressed in and created embossments using glue and other gadgets. It's the first of it's kind for me, and the timing of completing it allowed me to auction it off to raise funds for victims of a horrendous fire that tore through an entire county and then some.