I can’t draw from my head.  I don’t like to transcribe from 2d.  If I don’t want the design to be totally predictable then I have to do a little set design.

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One day I’ll learn how to fake the “modeling”, but for now if I want dramatic light or perspective, I pretty much have to create it. This barbola screen was the easy part, but this weekend I’ll be working on making a movable 3d swan armature.


Swan Suite

Swans show up in my visual journal, possibly because of all the English and Irish fairytales my parents read to me as a girl.  Most stories deal with a human to swan transformations. I’m interested in wild animals making their way back to their homes, and reacquainting themselves with a domestic life. I imagine it would be like purgatory, and a bit unsettling to witness animals as sentient as humans.

I’ve thumbnailed these daydreams, and I’m in the process of developing some as illustrations.

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How to Make a Mountain Different

Sometimes you start out drawing mountains, but then you wind up drawing the fog that obstructs the mountain instead.  FullSizeRender_3FullSizeRender_1I picked up a pound of transparent base, so I’m interested to see how layers of transparencies behave.  Previous to this I’ve been relying on burnt plate oil #2 and turpentine washes, and of course some reductive techniques.

Painting on Upcycled Barn Window

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I painted each panel of an old barn window to represent the places my friend lived with his fiancee before they married this July. The frame was displayed at their outdoor wedding in a gazebo, so it was important for the paints to remain translucent. I kept the black outlines opaque so it felt a little like stained glass grout.

Photo credit E. Baum and Monika Photography