Mazie Ofrane Footprint, watercolor on paper, January 2014, 6″x6″
I did a series of watercolor foot and hand prints for our neighbors. Continue reading
Maeve Margaret Linton Lincourt footprints with hand lettering, watercolor on paper, 9 September 2013, 7″x10″
This post shows three pieces that I did in watercolor on paper that commemorate my daughter Maeve Margaret Linton Lincourt Continue reading
The goats have no midwives, watercolor on paper, September 2013, about 11″x17″
This is a lettering project I did as a gift for the homebirth midwife Continue reading
Man, 4 August 2009, India ink and watercolor on paper, about 6"x9"
Here’s a piece I did fairly quickly. I liked the energy in the lines of the drawing and the initial washes (with some nice strong oranges in the left side,) so I didn’t do so much watercolor that it became opaque. I dropped in a very dark deep blue background, and the outline of the head disappeared (because there was no value contrast between the dark brown hair and the dark blue background.) So, I used water and a napkin to soak up some of the background blue, lightening it. Though I liked that effect (it gives a sort of mottled texture which you can see still in the blue background,) there still wasn’t enough contrast, so I added the halo.
Woman, 21 March 2009, ink and watercolor on paper, 9"x12"
I think that this one turned out pretty well. It’s along the lines of my urban scenes – like this piece and this piece – though I didn’t give it a street scene background like I usually do. Similar to this woman with the brick wall behind her, I did the drawing of the woman by herself initially (in May) and that hung on my wall for a while, then later (this week), I added background, in this case the two men. After that more-or-less finished the drawing, I dropped in the watercolor.
The picture plays with symmetry, of course.
Some folks have mentioned that my hands look like a specific sort of hand gestures from Indian art. The hands in this image don’t correspond to any specific gesture that I am trying to convey… they’re just more interesting compositionally… and they do convey something. The two background men have gestures which have their hands and arms (and even legs) parallel with lines of the central woman.
Charlie's Angels Icon
The often-imitated "Charlie's Angels Pose"
One thing that I noticed about this piece is that it does bear a bit of resemblance to the rather cheesy poses struck in the logo for the 1980’s? television show Charlie’s Angels (which I remember watching during my halcyon youth.) I guess that that image does have iconic power – some of this comes from its use of symmetry. It is imitated very frequently by all kinds of amateur photographers – because it works! So I take my place in a long line of folks who’ve consciously or unconsiously played with this iconic symmetry.
Man and Woman 1 May 2009 (approximately 3"x6", watercolor and India Ink on paper)
I am not very into this one… the overall drawing and layout are a bit staid. The faces rather generic. The color not all that compelling either.
It falls into a category of pieces that I do now and then: a man and a woman who are not all that compatible. This often happens because I work directly in pen, so I draw one (usually the man) first, then add in the other, so they don’t quite mesh. I then frequently exaggerate this by coloring them differently. He’s all warm purple and blue, with blue-green and pink undertones. She’s green, with warmer orange undertones.
Man 21 March 2009
Here’s another piece in the portraits showing hands genre. This is the first I have posted that’s just watercolor with no ink… which is a little unusual for me – I almost always use ink. I confess that this blog made me do it. I usually do the India Ink drawing first, then let that dry and start painting later. I sat down and did some drawing, and thought that maybe if I do just paint, it will save a day, and I can get it posted sooner.
I enjoyed working wet – a lot of washes blending… and I don’t think it got too muddy. The frame, which I worked and re-worked, turned out ok. I used to enjoy doing that with a lot of pieces about 10 years ago – though mostly in ink.
I think the main flaw of the piece is that he’s a pretty generic white guy… not individualized. I think I need to get some friends to sit for me for pieces, so I can do a little more observation and a little less invention. Any volunteers?