I made a couple new watercolor illustrations from workbook drawings. I really like them both and it feels like I am making a lexicon of sorts. If you would like one send me an email, they are $50 each.
This is a watercolor illustration of how I feel about life. I made it from a workbook drawing and I feel like its progress in bringing my painting meditation practice into my illustrations, I am really happy about it.
I am moving next month so my studio is half in boxes but I still have my painting supplies out. I am mostly painting meditations because it’s hard to focus on my current book in a room that is complete chaos. I am excited to move. I really like my roommates but I thrive on solitude and it has been a tiring 3 years of not being able to live out my values as much as I am used to. I am very sensitive to certain things I had no knowledge of previously. I am grateful to see but I make so much joy for myself when I live alone just tending to the basics, keeping up with chores and minding my environmental impact as best I can. I feel like it will be a very healing thing to return to my own ways.
I am working on incorporating my approach to painting meditations into my illustrative work. The above painting started with a line drawing from my workbook. The painting below I started by making a line drawing directly on the paper and then filling it in. I like the approach of the top painting better. I feel it allowed me to be more painterly and there is no pressure whatsoever to make good drawings in a workbook. It is harder to relax completely and to let go of wanting it to make a good drawing while working directly on nice watercolor paper. I really enjoyed both approaches though and will give each some more time.
I’ve been experimenting with starting painting meditations with line drawings, it definitely changes how I paint. I find it harder to stay in a spontaneous mindset but I feel it will help me develop my illustration style. One thing that I feel would help is if I learned to be OK with simple paintings but I always want to fill up the page.
I have a new spontaneously illustrated poem book finished. This one is a little different in that I spontaneously decided to redo one of the pages. I also painted it in watercolor and then printed it instead of binding the originals.
Watercolor media is not as stable as fluid acrylic so the pigments would rub off on each other if I bound the paintings together. I really loved making this into a printed book though!
“Penchant” is available in my shop below
I have a new little book finished! I started this a long time ago but got distracted with my spontaneous books. It felt great to finally complete it!
This is one of my 5 x 7” books that have a blank page for writing a greeting and come with an envelope.
I printed these at home on Epson premium double sided matte paper with Epson Claria ink. I am not thrilled with Epson’s inflated ink prices nor their lack of eco-friendly papers but I have some samples of eco-friendly papers coming in the mail. I hope I find one that works at the right weight. These are too stiff for my tastes.
I printed copies for my family with Precision Colors EV6 ink. They looked just as good as the ones in my shop printed with Epson ink! I am just not sure how long they will last without fading but Precision has a new archival ink I am going to get when my Epson cartridges run out or are half empty and refuse to print because the chips say they are empty the company doesn’t have the integrity to treat consumers or the environment respectfully.
I absolutely loved printing these at home and binding them myself. Previously I was having them made at a local printer because the cost per each book was much more reasonable than printing them with Epson’s overpriced ink.
When it was time to print this book, however, I had to level with myself that I don’t sell enough copies to cover the cost of the 50 book minimum at the printer so I decided to print a few at home. I’m glad I did! I am very excited about making my own books in-studio and about discovering a company that makes affordable ink for artists, check out Precision Colors here.
Here are my latest painting meditations. I am reviewing my art career approach and have decided to put more effort into showing my work in public instead of having an internet shop or posting pieces on social media. This blog will be the best place to see my latest pieces.
I probably won’t be able to show much until society begins to reopen but I have plenty to do in the meantime! I am still revising my Landscape Diaries essays into a book. I’m also spontaneously illustrating books so my heart can develop its own style instead of my ego trying to make “good” work.
I am also really into drawing and lettering in my workbooks and all my art journals and sketchbooks are now converted to workbooks. I like the term workbook because sketchbook puts me in an academic mindset and I associate art journal with art scrap-booking which puts too much pressure on making things precious or appealing. Workbook feels like a thing of the soul, of wayward contemplatives, obscure poets and woods wanderers so it fits who I am in that these things are my work even if it seems a little dramatic to say so.
It is still warm in the woods and the foliage has already begun to retreat from the trails. One golden maple leaf lays on the ground dry, completely intact for a little while before she begins to transition to dirt.
Night slips through the window with the sound of passing cars, a little cool air.
It is so good: the end of a day. I did everything I could to live. There was just 30 minutes of wasted time when I was too polite to pry myself out of a conversation where each closing remark spurred a new idea even though we both wanted to move along to other things.
Being soft is not always joy. But I am so enamored with the gentle hint of Autumn encroaching in the air I don’t want to talk about anything else.
Today I took a long walk in the arboretum then lay in the grass for a couple hours doing nothing. I didn’t read a book, or draw, or even fall asleep. I watched the yellow leaves droop in the other wise green brush. I collected wiry pieces of dead grass in my socks where my blanket was too short.
It takes a lifetime to slough off everything we aren’t…why do I believe I should already be in blossoms? The trees take so much time to grow and then fruit. Then they spend decades weaving themselves thoughtfully into the tapestry of moments with their grand decay.
Sometimes I lose my appetite and I feel it like a protest: your priorities are all wrong.
Not inconveniencing anybody.
Why do I believe I should only make things that will last forever?
At the far end of the creek the water trickles over a wide rock bed crossed with crevices. One song sparrow hops out of the salal at the creek’s edge to flit about the rocks in the shallow water rearranging leaves and eating bugs.
I cast off my white long-sleeve shirt in the exact moment the song sparrow leaves a pile of white poop on the rocks.
What if our legacy is supposed to fit in a shoe box or a manila envelope? A few molecules of air when we say goodbye.
I’ve added some of my favorite painting meditations to my shop!
“Grief” Original Watercolor Painting Meditation$60.00 Add to cart
“How Organs Talk” Original Watercolor Painting$60.00 Add to cart
“Needs” Original Watercolor Painting Meditation$60.00 Add to cart
“Struggles” Original Watercolor Painting Meditation$60.00 Add to cart
“Zealous” Original Watercolor Painting$60.00 Add to cart