Summer is winding down and for the first time in my life I am looking forward to some rainy days. All the lovely sunshine has kept me busy outside with chores and fun. The horses are sleek and fit, the pasture is mowed and the garden is having it’s last gasp at producing heirloom tomatoes. I’m caught up and full up with camping but the studio has grown some cobwebs and a fine layer of dust. The rain will keep me indoors and back to the business of being creative.
I did manage to spend a day whipping out an idea (which will be in the post, but not until the end, so stick around) as well as sorting through some old art I wanted to share. I used to love pen and ink, prior to discovering oil paints, it was probably my medium of choice. Before there were rapidograph and Stabilo pens (which I love) I learned to use India Ink and a crow quill pen. Crow quill refers to the nib, a very small tip that doesn’t hold much ink but makes thin, sharp lines. All the following pieces were done with the old dip and scratch method. Very messy and time consuming. I’m not sure what the attraction was… haven’t used that technique in years. Perhaps it was the ink itself… India ink is very very black and opaque. I always liked my blacks to be deep and dark.
I’ve done so many pen and ink drawings, I really should sort them all together. But instead they are scattered in several portfolio cases and inhabit odd corners here and there. I like to think I’m organized until I see my work helter skelter. Maybe this winter I’ll get on it, but for now, here are a few that caught my eye for posting:
Great Horned Owl
If you are clever, and have a good computer you will see my name from my youth. I prefer Sky, but wasn’t born with that name. Changing my name may be the subject for another post… it’s personal and somewhat of a story, but the short version is, I didn’t like it, so I changed it when I got married since I was changing my last name anyway. You can be who you want to be as far as I’m concerned.
Next on the hit parade:
Bloodhound for Joe
And for some fantasy fun:
As I was sorting through the Pen and Inks, I came across some designs I did for a T-shirt company. My first job out of college was for a screen printing company and I have hundreds of designs that were printed on shirts. But some of the best were freelanced while I was in grad school. Here are some personal favorites that were printed by the Goldsmith Company in Portland, OR. I don’t believe they are in business anymore, but it was fun to be one of their “stringer artists”.
Here are most of the floral designs I did for them. The ones on black are actual screen prints.
Close up of a proposed design.
I always thought these kaleidoscope designs were fun for a shirt. Not high art, but still, not everything has to be mind blowing and thought provoking. Sometimes art is just fun. And now that we are talking about fun… I started this post with the title, Back to Work. I did “go back to work” and finished a new painting. My plan was to do a 2-D version of my “Winged Chair” so I outlined it (in orange as usual) then began filling it in with color. It was awful. I hated it and left the studio to work in the yard.
We had a day in August where the rain blew in so I made my way into the studio to finish or destroy the hated painting. Destruction was on my mind, but instead I began to embellish and before I knew it, the painting went from staid, awful and cartoon-y to something wild and awesome. So, as promised… the one new piece:
Oil on Canvas
I think I would be a little apprehensive about sitting in this particular chair. It doesn’t look tame… and maybe even a little scary. I still kinda like it. It makes me feel dangerous!