For me, as with Life, my art is an evolving process of maturity and change. Today, right now, I am going on an adventure to transition back to my roots away from digital art and back to paint, pen and paper. I’ve discovered a new passion involving the use of watercolors and waterproof pen. The combination excites me like nothing in the recent past. I met a gentleman artist at the Port Washington Farm Market last summer. I didn’t get his name but I did ask to see the dogeared sketchbook he had under his arm. I was amazed at the beauty of his technique. His images consisted of people and buildings in locations around the world that he had visited throughout his life. He said he had no formal training other than a Life Studies class he attended some time ago. He allowed me to llok thru his sketchbook for some time and then suddenly had to go. He disappeared into the crowd before I could get his name. What he gifted me that day was a new passion for sketching. Once home, I dug out my own worn but long forgotten sketchbook, Tombow pen and a few Micron pens and started experimenting. I’s forgotten how beautiful these black and white sketches can be, and once watercolors are added to the mix, it’s an entirely different world. I’m hook. I admit it. I’m addicted. I look forward to sharing with you my journey into the world of pen and watercolor. I hope you will join me and share with me your own journey.
Hello art lovers! Happy Fourth of July 2018!! It’s been a rough couple of months for us starting with my husband having a brain aneurysm on May 24th then left carotid artery surgery on June 29th. We are slowly returning to normal as time goes by. Today I want to share with you an update on my next show. Please stop by and say hello to me at the Hand Made in the Shade show at the St. Francis Lions Center, located at 3476 E. Howard Aveune, St. Francis, WI 53235. This will be an indoor show and the air will be ON! I look forward to seeing you! As always, mention my website and receive 10% off your purchase of any of my prints! Thank you!
Last night I engaged in a Suminagashi Worskshop with Erika Block at Lakeshore Art Supplies in Sheboygan, WI. Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese art. It involves floating a type of ink on the surface of water and then transferring the design to paper. The images above are a few of the pieces I made.
Here is a wonderful example of this ancient art.
The above image, dated circa 1100 CE, is from a copy of the Sanjurokunin Kashu or “Thirty-Six Immortal Poets” kept in the Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto. This multi-volume manuscript, which contains the oldest examples of marbled paper known today, was presented to the Emperor Shirakawa on his sixtieth birthday in 1112 C.E. (Narita, 14 and Chambers, 13–16). This image is a Public Domain image. For more information about this image, please click on the link below.
If you’d like to know more about the process of Suminagashi, here is a great article about the process, as published in the Feb/March 2000 issue of International Artist Magazine:
Lakeshore Art Supplies, located in Sheboygan, WI is a complete full service art supply store. If they don’t have it, they will order it for you. Check it out online at:
While killing time waiting for the IT tech to fix my computer, I made this quick sketch of a hummingbird and cone flower.
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WHEN: May 12th, 2018
TIME: 3PM – 6PM
The Downtown West Bend Association welcomes you to the ArtWalk in our beautiful Historic Downtown. It is our Banner Art Event with hand painted banners by local artists to create an Outdoor Gallery on the streets of Downtown West Bend. The banners hang on the light poles of Main Street and 6th Avenue from the end of May till the end of October.
Explore and enjoy the work as you walk along the streets in our downtown area. We hope you will find this a wonderful experience.
If you can’t make the Sneak Peek, stop by the Downtown West Bend offices near the end of May to pick up a printed guide to all of the banners.
Here’s my favorite quote to best define digital painting – what I and many others do (compliments to Brad Grigor of Turning Point Arts and Wikipedia):
“Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques (such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc.) are applied by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. I work with a Wacom tablet, ……
Digital painting is a type of digital art but it is not computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer automatically generating an image from mathematical models created by the artist. In digital painting, the artist uses painting techniques to create the image directly on the computer.
Digital painting is also distinct from digital manipulation of photographs, in that it is an original construction from scratch. While photographic elements may be incorporated into digital paintings, they are not the primary basis or source for them. In some of my images, there are no photographic elements at all and in other images I may use dozens of distinct photographic elements.
My images are the result of conceptualizing an idea and then implementing that concept as a digital file from one or more original elements that I acquire or create, primarily with a pen tablet, a digital camera or scanner and software tools.
The original artwork is a digital file and is not normally seen or sold. Limited edition prints are made from the digital file for exhibition and sale. b”
I’m so happy to share the news that my Geraniums will move on to the State Exhibition in Madison, WI (Click on the image to enlarge)
Here’s a breakdown of State Day:
Each September at the WRAP/WRAA State Art Conference, “State Day” Awards Ceremony, awards are presented for meritorious artwork in the WRAP exhibit. In addition, service awards and awards for the Contour Notes cover contest are also given, including the John Steuart Curry medal, our most prestigious award for service to WRAA and the arts. It’s a great honor to receive these awards.
These awards are made possible by contributions from individuals and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond, some of whom have sponsored awards for many years going back to as early as the 1960’s. These awards were created to recognize the achievements of participating artists. Many are memorial awards honoring a family member or friend who shared a special love of the arts. Some are given for excellence in a specific medium or craft while others are open to all media. The sponsors have the option to select the recipient themselves (and some do) otherwise the judge of the show selects the award winner. Recipients must be a current member of WRAA to receive awards.
Thank you to all of our award sponsors whose generosity provides so much encouragement to WRAP artists and keeps our State Day vibrant and strong.
Inspired by the popular French Impressionist’s subject of a street scene, my banner is just about complete. Just a few more coats of urethane and its ready to hang. This banner is one of 68 chosen artists banners for the West Bend Wisconsin Artwalk in Downtown West Bend. The banners will hang outdoors on lightposts in the historic downtown area from May to October.