27 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving
 full of family, friends and love.

15 November 2010

Art Station No Fear Watercolor

This is a No-Fear painting in progress. If you look closely, you can make out the image that will eventually be developed. It is a woman rising from the desert.

Kim Zabbia owner of the Art Station in Ponchatoula, Louisiana teaches a art class called No-Fear Watercolor. No-Fear is Kim's most popular class. In fact, this is my second time taking this particular class. The No-Fear process takes the fear out of the painting process and Kim's supportive and generous teaching style takes care of the rest. I am excited to say Kim has turned the No-Fear class into a dvd. So no matter where you live you too can experience No-Fear Watercolor. I am also proud to say one of my paintings is included as an example in the dvd. Thanks Kim for your encouragement.

The Art Station is also a great resource for art supplies. If you live in the vicinity, I would definitely recommend checking it out. 

08 November 2010

The Last 'Primitive to Modern' Class

This last weekend was the last class of Reggie Ezell's Primitive to Modern year long class in New Orleans. The year has been a journey! Reggie guided us through traditional gothic hands to modernizing the hand; taught us to gild on vellum referencing traditional layouts and contemporary design; showed us new and inventive ways to use the resources around us to aid in taking the fear out of creating that perfect piece; and introduced the book as a visual journey. 

Thanks Reggie for your encouraging and motivating guidance through this year!

The pictures above are some of the pages in the first section of my book. The quote is "The human heart is a theatre of longing". 

I would highly recommend this course offered by Reggie to any guild that has not experienced it. 

01 November 2010

Where has the time gone!

There have been several 'real' projects that have taken most of my time recently. I say 'real' projects because  they are projects with deadlines, for other people, people who are willing to pay for services rendered. I hope to be able to share a couple of these in the future. Needless to say, there has been little time for the self indulgent creative stuff. But hopefully that time will come soon.

In the meantime, this is a picture of a recent envelope job in copper ink. Don't you just love the look of metallic inks.

This ink is gouache with gold and copper Pearl Ex Pigments added to it. The envelopes took a little longer than most because the liner was opaque and the ink requires lots of stirring to keep the metallics flecks suspended. But I don't mind, the look is rich and stands proud on the page.