Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mythology Musings

Well it's feast or famine around here.  I've got another print exchange I'm gearing up for:  Baren Forum Ex. #48, theme:  Mythology.

My first thought was a variation on the goddess Sophia, or Wisdom.  I envision it something similar to a watercolor I did awhile back for a friend when she got her Masters in Physics:

Julie: Mistress of Science

A start. 

But then I got to thinking of another watercolor I did when our beloved dog Thor passed away:

Thor Greets Mother Nature

I did it in the style of Klimt and patterned it after a photograph of my sister and Thor:

Getting there.

I'm thinking of recreating Thor & Mother Nature, but more in the style of Mistress of Science.

Time to make some pastel sketches.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Leftovers II

I've joined a print exchange called Leftovers II, the upshot of which it has to be printed on leftover paper -- the bits and pieces that are left over when you've broken down paper for previous print projects.

Who doesn't have those?  I've come across some long, thin pieces that are just perfect.

Now for the subject.  What behoves an exchange called Leftovers?  I'm thinking something large enough to be printed on many pieces at once.  Say Once In a Blue Moon:

My thinking is to lay out the strips of paper and print on all of them at once.  The individual prints will be pieces of the whole.  And afterall what are leftovers if now pieces of a whole?

I thought this block would lend itself nicely to the project, with it's profusion of stars.  Each print will capture a piece of a star.  ;-]

Here's the link and info:

Prints: 14 - must include a hand process
Paper Size: Up to 5" x 7" - can be smaller, but NO larger please!
Cost: $12.00
Due Date: March 15, 2011
To sign up email Amy at


Well, I was going to upload some process pics, but blogger is having a breakdown and I can't upload any pics at the moment.  I'll try later.

Here we go.  Laying paper over the block to see how it'll fit.  This arrangement will take two passes (at least).  Not sure how they'll all come out.  I may pick the best slices and repeat them.

Friday, February 11, 2011

SCAA Art Show and Fundraiser

Barnes & Noble Community Room, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Valencia, CA

Reception Saturday, February 12th - 1 - 5 p.m.

The show and the reception are free and open to the public.

Original art and photographs will be on display until Saturday, February 19th.

Please give the number 10405868 to the cashier when you make a purchase in the store between February 12th - 19th, or on their website,, between February 12th - 24th. The SCAA receives a percentage of sales only if the number is given. Proceeds from these sales help to fund our annual scholarship award, monthly demonstrations, workshops and outreach programs.

Come one and all -- or go to and order something online.  8-]

I'll have a couple pieces in the show.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Last Artist Standing ;-j

I've been on an artistic hiatus since the holidays. But it's time I get back to work.

I've been a little sidetracked with another project, non-art related, but I've come up with a plan to combine the two.

I'm currently involved in a writing contest -- Last Author Standing -- in the fanfiction community (ok, so I'm a geek). Every two weeks I get a prompt and then I have to write a short story (from 100 to 1000 words) on a related topic. Then we vote and someone wins and someone gets "voted off the island" until there is one last author standing. S/he gets the acclaim of their peers and a gift certificate to a bookstore, or somesuch. Like I said, geeky.

Anyway, I'm having a lot of fun and so far we're on our third round of stories.

But now it's occured to me that I might try and make a related woodcut on the prompt as well. Not necessarily an illustration, but a separate project. So now that I've said it aloud, so to speak, I guess I have to take a stab at it.

Wish me luck! 8-]