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Ink and Pencil for Numus

This summer I made some drawings for the NUMUS brochure, each relating to a specific concert that was part of the music series. I also designed the brochure and some posters for NUMUS.

I did some smaller drawings earlier this year and had used this approach (which I haven’t posted yet – I should probably do that!).

Here are the three featured pieces from the NUMUS brochure:

Ghost Tango (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 11 x 11"
Ghost Tango (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 11 x 11″
Disco Next (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 9" x 10"
Disco Next (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 9″ x 10″
Threads Quintet (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 11 x 14"
Threads Quintet (2015), ink and pencil crayon on paper, 11 x 14″

Cottage Life

We had a great time at the cottage. Even though it was late August it was freezing! Here’s a drawing that I did of the wood stove. We actually had to use it. Let’s not talk about the lack of warm clothes (encouraged by me!). And I also added a picture of the stellar wall of ducks.

Wood Stove (2015), ink on paper, 11 x 14"
Wood Stove (2015), ink on paper, 11 x 14″

 

Ducks (2015), photograph
Ducks (2015), photograph

Portrait

I’m working on this small portrait using only two colours (ultramarine blue and burnt sienna) and titanium white. It’s 6×6″ so I’m doing a lot of small brush work, really enjoying capturing the wonderful light across her face.

Portrait (in process June 15, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6"
Portrait (in process June 15, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6″

Ferns: Layers, Details, and Complexity

I’ve been taking photos around the house and in the backyard, thinking that I might use them for paintings.

I chose one of the ferns behind our house for this painting. It’s been a challenge! I have often thought “this is an ugly beast”.

It is a difficult image compared to the two paintings of birds that I did recently. There are less areas of contrast, less obvious depth, and it has lots of extremely detailed shapes rather than simpler forms.

But now the piece is starting to take shape. Here are some in-process shots of the piece, still in the works:

Ferns (in process, May 22, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"
Ferns (in process, May 22, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

 

Ferns (in process, June 4, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"

Ferns (in process, June 4, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

Ferns (in process, June 11, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20"
Ferns (in process, June 11, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″

 

 

Robins

It’s done!

Robins (2015), acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11″
Robins (2015), acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11″

I added a few finishing touches to the feathers in the nest, the red and orange in the beak, and some definition of the closest bird’s head, and pushed the second and third robins into the background. Now I think it’s done.

It’s Time to Paint!

I’m taking another art class at the Guelph School of Art – Open Studio with Jessica Masters – and it’s fantastic. Jessica and I have been talking a lot about colour. All facets of the topic:

  • Using temperature to play with depth
  • Colour mixing basics (I need this!)
  • Ways to bring a painting past the 95% mark: using unifying colours, punching up  contrast, and using warm and cool colours to enhance adjacent colours

Here is an in-process shot of what I’ve been working on:

Robins painting in process
Robins (2015), acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11″

 

Rabbits and Dancing Bears

Here are four drawings that I did today.

These friendly forest creatures were fun to draw – I think it’s in their nature. But also, these guys have been a part of my mother’s house for years and so they really remind me of home and it’s nice to meditate on their form, line and character.

Owl in Black Ink

Last night I did some exploratory drawings of a barred owl, using pencil and black ink applied by brush.

At first glance, the shape of the owl is very simple. So simple, that it’s a bit of a challenge to get it down.

When I look at the details, there is so much complexity in the feathers and the branches and leaves behind the bird. That part was really fun: choosing and playing with the black marks that slowly begin to give the drawing it’s character.

Here are my first couple charcoal sketches (photos were taken today in the sun – clearly!):

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Some quick searching ink drawings:

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In one of my last drawings of the evening I did a pencil sketch under the ink to block in the shapes and composition.

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