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One of the nicest things about a simple flower is that it’s just a middle with petals sticking out – who can’t draw that? Since it’s that easy, all that’s left is how to do it, and THAT’S the funnest part!
What a great romp of mark making this turned out to be, and I did a few others of the same sort too. I’ll show them to you by and by!
Maybe this is one you should click to really get a good look at!
Hey, the angle of the sunshine this morning at least looks like it belongs to Spring, even if there’s fresh snow on the ground.
At least for a little while longer, I hafta supply my own blooms – – – and they so often turn out whacky! S’okay, I like ’em that way. Hope you do to.
Just ran across this silly fellow – I can’t believe I did him decades ago!
He’s a parody of a sweet little engraving done by Thomas Bewick in the late 18th century. I remember having so much fun with all the different pen strokes. When did I even last use a pen?
Should I maybe make a few more pig pictures, just for the heck of it?
I WON’T POST AGAIN UNTIL THURSDAY – MUST PAINT HARD FOR A BIT!
I thought it might be fun for you to see ganged snapshots of the pictures I’m working on of Nicolai Astrup’s mountain. Of course, I still have a lot to do on some of these. I should probably do a sunny day view or two as well, right?
Astrup is a beloved Norwegian artist, who almost no one outside of Norway has ever heard of. That’s a real shame, because he’s also one of few who ever managed to truly capture the mountain and fjord country. He painted this peak (which is near where he lived) a number of times, so it’s kind of famous over there. Don’t know why I’m doing it now too, but there you go. I’d like to end up with twelve that sequence well, so that I can make a bound or cased portfolio of them.
CLICK ON EACH GROUP TO SEE THEM JUST A BIT BETTER.
I know I’ve mentioned my big pile of scraped pictures, probably when I’ve told you about how it’s a great source for collage material. It’s at least 2 FEET tall now, and maybe the best thing about that stack is that I often rediscover nice pictures that shouldn’t be in there! Looking at them now, I don’t know what I was thinking when I tossed them aside as losers!
All three of these cats are rescues and each has some nice, particularly spontaeous moves in it. The last two were drawn mostly with my eyes closed – I wanna do more of that!
Hope your week is getting off to a good start – have a fine one –
Your Buddy Bill
Okay, do you know that terrible mountain picture I drew the big “X” through yesterday (see my previous post)?
Well, look what happens when it’s turned upside down – SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING! Could that be a reflection of the mountain top below, and is the mountain itself rising up into a cloud bank and out of sight?
Yep, I had to chase this, so I decided to try making the lower half look more like water. How? By saturating, wrinkling, distorting and ripping into it of course! I’m not subtle, but sometimes I get lucky. Things began to look interesting, especially once everything was dry again and I sanded the wrinkles to lighten them a bit.
Hey, click the picture below to get a really good look!
Oh and for the photo above, I also slipped a scrap of another picture behind this one. You can see it peeking through the gaping holes I ripped in my poor, poor paper at lower left.
Am I beginning to like this picture now? Maaaaaybe so.
Much to do still: that water needs a lot of tinkering yet. Shouldn’t there also be some hint of a shoreline back in there somewhere, and what about all of the white at the bottom? Yep, I doubt I’ll do a post tomorrow – gonna be wrestling with all of this!
Your Buddy Bill
Here’s a whacky ol’ blooming something or other, just to remind us that art can be fun and even unconcerned. Good to remember right now. when quite a few of my newer pictures are teetering on the brink, or tipping over into no good. Time in the trenches I guess – and to get out of ’em you take no prisoners. So, the picture I showed you yesterday has been nixed. There’s not enough going right in it – I’m cutting my loses!
I’m not at all sure where this picture is going, but man-oh-man did it take me for a ride today. I don’t know how to proceed – but I suspect that band of cloud across the middle needs serious work. This had better rest for a couple days days before I try to do more.
I know, I said no post today, but here’s the picture I just about finished yesterday, and it’s pretty wonderful – I had to show you.
YOU MUST CLICK IT TO REALLY SEE HOW NICE MY TEXTURES ARE!
I wish I could have photographed the process that resulted in all of that wonderful texture, but things were moving too fast and out of control. I’m not even sure I can explain what happened – suffice it to say that I had two pictures going at once. When one went south, I slapped the other face down right on top of it and rubbed it’s back like crazy. I was hoping some portion of the picture underneath might transfer to the second one, but instead, when I tried to peel them apart, great sections of the bottom picture tore off and stuck to the other.
That should have been an OH SHIT moment, but not this time! It looked surprisingly good, or at least full of unexpected possibility. So, I just let them stay stuck, and kept painting and printing right over the mess! In the end, when everything was dry, I had a lot of re-peeling, gluing and repairing to do, but now I’m wondering if I may have stumbled upon something very, very promising – what if I intentionally deteriorate, rip and stick pictures together?
This new wrinkle, in addition to all of the ripping, scraping, pecking and sanding I already do as a matter of course, has me feeling very geologic, as if I’m making pictures in a way that is very similar to what weather, time and erosion does to to the actual mountain!
Just for fun, here is my picture again, but this time with the areas that stuck to it outlined in turquoise – the piece outlined in violet was collaged in later to add a little texture to that big, dark area.
And HERE is what the back of the sheet looks like! All of that patching is pretty typical of one of my pictures these days. My method is so hard on paper! Clearly, these pictures of mine must be mounted on a backing sheet – without which, they wouldn’t hold together over the long run! Oh, and that the green tape is just temporarily holding the two sheets this picture is done on together.
Are these blooms past their prime or just sad because they’ve been neglected and are a bit thirsty? Dunno. It’s a sort of weedy drawing though, right?
I hope you’re beginning what will become a well used week!
This is a picture of Mt. Haynes, rising up behind the newly formed Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve known this view since youth, and will see it again in August. That seems so far off yet, but it’s not really. Soon enough I’ll be there.
Good Monday morning!
In mid-February, I showed you the results of my experiment in using a printing press and India ink – which included the lovely 2-sheet mountain picture above. What I didn’t mention was that my press is too small to print both sheets at once, so each half of each image had to be done separately. Trying to print pairs that matched up was hellish! I ended up with a whole lot that didn’t.
Yesterday, I decided to start painting on top of pairs that were near misses and I gotta tell ya – it was A LOT more fun than the printing part! I’m not sure if any of these will make it all the way, but I’ll see what I can do.
Here are down-n-dirty snapshots of three with promise. Could the first one actually be finished already? Now that I see it here, I’m thinking it might be.
AND HERE’S A BONUS IMAGE – – – I showed you an earlier stage of this one too, but now it’s closing in on a really cool dark on dark night scene. I’m letting myself get excited!
CLICK ON THEM TO GET A CLOSER LOOK!
I’m not going to post over the weekend, so here are two for you until Monday – well actually it’s sort of one and a half, since I already showed you the one below. It’s back again because I think these are particularly interesting together.
There are some really nice passages in the picture I showed you yesterday – so I had to share these close-ups with you too!
As for my method, there’s a bit of everything in what you’re seeing here: painting, scraping, pecking, scrubbing and sanding. Also, it turns out that failed flower paintings are an incredible goldmine of textures and scrape that can be cut or ripped up, beat up still more and collaged in. I had a lot of fun with this.
Here’s still another of the many variations of a mountain & lake view I’ve been messing with. Now the storm has become the whole reason for the picture – well that and the waves on the lake. The mountain back there is hardly visible, which I like.
Real life doesn’t always serve up scenes that are well organized and instantly understandable. Actually few are either to begin with, and when things get dramatic, it’s not so much the view but rather our sensation of being within it that is remembered. Think about every downpour you’ve ever been caught in – have you ever stopped in the middle of it to just admire the view?” See what I mean? It’s a different experience all together, when more than sight is involved!
Now, how do I paint a picture that takes you there? I’m workin’ on it.
THIS PICTURE IS YET AGAIN ONE WORTH CLICKING TO SEE LARGER!
One unexpectedly nice thing about working on two sheets, is that if I screw up a picture, there’s a chance that at least one sheet might still be okay.
Even if so, most halves end up in my scrap pile. Some have to be saved though. Perhaps they’re not the pictures I intended to make, but they’re surprising. Maybe it’s because they’re so unintended. They’re not organized as I would normally have done, and seem more like snapshots, with odd this and thats poking in or cropped off. And sometimes my marks and moves are just to nice to be tossed!
Now I have a printing press in my studio, newly re-arranged workspace to fit it in, and maybe I’ll at last get to sling a little ink today. Oh man, do I ever feel the burn.
Gonna make this day count – hope you do too!
I just had to show you something other than a moody ol’ mountain picture – been so many of those lately! So, although I said I wouldn’t post this weekend, here is a one of my newer blooms, which is kinda abstract or stylized, a bit hazy and made up – or you might say it’s pretty darned nice.
A lot that was unexpected happened as I was painting this, and I still wonder how some of it did!
THERE ARE TEXTURES YOU CAN ONLY SEE IF YOU CLICK THE PICTURE!
This peak looms large over a glacial valley I visited on a perfect, sunny day last August. I painted it, then went fishing and caught trout for dinner in the little creek clattering along just below me. What a great afternoon that was!
In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a deep affection for mountains. I grew up in fine looking country, married a Viking girl born in even better looking country and can’t think of anything I would rather make pictures of.
Here’s a closeup view so you can get a better look at things – CLICK IT to zoom in even more!
Well now, take a look! I printed these on my old proof press, and did it using India ink – which is NOT what anyone in their right mind should use. Yet if I can figure this out, I’ll be able to paint, print – – – or mix it up! Wow, the textural possibilities are waaaaay too alluring.
I’m enchanted by the subtle tonal shifts – wasn’t expecting them to be quite this gorgeous or delicate. All I was hoping for was a wintery etherial look. I sure got it! And I have a variable edition of 15 in which every version is wonderfully unique!
Next week, I’ll have help shifting my press from my dungeon of a basement up into my studio. Just you wait until I have it where I can really mess around. Imagine what might happen!
YOU REALLY SHOULD CLICK THESE TO SEE THEIR QUIET WONDER!