Sunday, December 21, 2014

Got My Color Back

I might not ever get this completely painted. I get bored with things too easily, and this piece is just boring to me. I've been adding paint to it for a while, and I'm going to call it done.
5.5x8" pen and watercolor on mixed media paper

Friday, December 19, 2014

Joyous Noel

Here is 2014's virtual Christmas card, since I don't mail out cards. I posted this on my Facebook page, which sure beats all that addressing and sealing and stamping and mailing business. I have certainly been in a black and white phase lately. I've always been perfectly comfortable with fineline pen work, and the lack of color doesn't bother me.
5.5x8" Micron Pigma on mixed media paper

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kandinsky Tribute

Google's homepage today is a tribute to Wassily Kandinsky on this, his 148th birthday. All of us illustrators, who choose varying degrees of abstraction over photo-realism and who frequently have to defend that choice, owe a great deal of gratitude to Mr. Kandinsky. He bravely and boldly painted abstractly and began a world-wide conversation about the meaning and usefulness of art that doesn't always look EXACTLY like the model. On the spectrum that runs between abstract and realistic art, I'm certainly still closer to the realistic end, but I admire those who can communicate closer to the "out there" end of abstract art. Thank you, Mr. Kandinsky, for blazing the trail! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

EDM 241 - Through My Kitchen Window

So, this is a rather uninspired drawing of my large kitchen window. I did this from memory because I wasn't home, and I just wanted to get it done. You can really tell when a piece has no heart in it. Still, the concept was clear to me.

The view in and out of a single window of your house, even a large window, can hardly tell a complete story. The swirls in the lower left were meant to hint at the made-up aspect of building a biography from one window looking into or out of a life.
EDM 241 - Through the Kitchen Window; 3x3" watercolor