One day, a couple of Sundays ago, I joined Simon Leventhal’s Drawing New York MeetUp Group, for a 4-hour gouache workshop taught by illustrator Jenny Kroik. It was a very thorough lesson on the properties and use of the paint, paper and brushes. She discussed drawing quick thumbnails to solidify your design idea before committing it to the good paper. Then everyone started painting. I referred to a photo I snapped in Chelsea of a long line of construction workers on their lunch break and winnowed it down to a few of them and a vertical layout. Time simply flew by. iPat was a little annoyed that her role in this adventure was only as a Displayer of the Inspiration.
Watercolor paper (140 lb, Arches I think), referred to one of my photos, pencil, watercolor brushes, water, gouache, Pitt fine pen.
Ah. Music to my ears. At about 11 am yesterday. I was upstairs peeking out of the window, trying to see if the street had been plowed. Simultaneously I noticed the footprints from the street to my neighbor’s front door and the knock knock knock on my door. Oh No! I ran down the stairs Super Worried the knocker would leave. “Hi. Want us to shovel your driveway and clean off the car?” Phew.
This was a drawing I did in my Moleskin journal almost two years ago. Same guys. Or so I thought. When they were almost finished I went outside to get some fresh air. I showed them this drawing and learned that “and friend” had taken over from Matt and recruited the new guy as his partner.
I blogged this journal spread two years ago because I was so happy.
I’m blogging it again because I’m even happier.
Moleskin journal, pencil, pen, gouache, stamps.
I usually have these items as part of my dinner.
The only discipline I seem to have.
We e-mail back and forth all the time. Sometimes we are Deadly Serious (not that often) and sometimes we are Twelve Year Olds (usually). When we are together there is a lot of laughing and show and tell and we each have something to teach. During that time we feel light and happy and the heavy dramatic stuff is left behind.
Today I could tell that this particular friend was feeling good which made my walk through the slush and puddles effortless.
Something I keep in a very safe/special place.
Matt’s Phone Number
An exciting episode straight out of my life: Sunday night I ate the last of the grapes – no more fruit in the house. I didn?t want to go to Costco on Monday for a lot of silly reasons which I?m to embarrassed to mention so instead I went to the little fruit market when I went out to get coffee and bought three Golden Delicious apples. I only needed two – one for desert at lunch and one for the same reason at dinner. But, you know, what happens if I get the munchies in the middle of the night? I might starve to death so that?s why I brought home three.
Yes, they are/were very pretty Golden Delicious apples. And, yes, I did take ?some? artistic license while drawing them. ?3 Apples? was drawn on Sheer Heaven with Caran d?Ache watercolor pencils and then transferred to the unpainted page with 70% alcohol. I transferred each apple separately for ease of manageability. That is exactly how they transferred, I didn?t touch them up at all. Whether I should have is another issue. Then acrylic and guache, stamping, Pitt pen and a teensy bit of collage. By the way, the pencil (not the paint) bled through to the blank Moleskine sketch page behind the images. That doesn?t matter to me at all. I?m not concerning myself with things like that with this journaling process. It will get incorporated or covered up when I get to the affected pages. I skipped ahead in the book to do this spread because I discovered something when I was doing the next one (which I did first). Stay tuned.
The drawing in the second spread (done first) was again done on Sheer Heaven but using Caran d?Ache Watersoluble crayons. Then acrylic paint, guache, stamping and Pitt pen. The lesson I learned: the transfer alcohol seeped through the page, which it does, and made the acrylic paint on the previous page gummy and also managed to make the one previous to that also gummy. This resulted in bits of previous pages sticking to each other which was not nice but not a disaster either. I stuck wax paper between those pages, they dried and the disruption was very small and fixable. Next time I have those colors out I?ll tend to them. Another thing I noticed. This mini Moleskine Sketch is having a harder time handling the painted pages – It seems to be affecting the binding whereas this doesn?t happen in the larger ones. I wonder if this is just this particular book or if it is because it is so small. Again, I don?t care. I like this little one a lot and I?m enjoying myself. If it falls apart, well, that?s what rubber bands are for.
“Bottles” was a repeat of a previous image. I had an extra printed sheer heaven – the text had not been reversed in this one so I had to reprint for the older spread. I just cut out the drawing for this and transferred it into the mini Moleskine. I painted with the gauche and collaged some painted tracing paper bits. I don’t like this gauche very much but I do love the vibrant colors. It doesn’t seem to rewet so I can only put out what I’m going to use. That’s why the same colors will show up on other spreads – just using up the paint
The next spread, “Old Man”, also in the mini, used a transfer of a repeat image that I had already printed on Sheer Heaven. Black gesso and stamping.
I don’t know what got into me. For “123” I used guache, gesso, guache painted tracing paper, tissue paper with gesso stenciled numbers and stamping. I don’t like using matte medium but I thought I might as well see what would happen if I used it in this book. It works fine on painted tracing paper but because I was having a very stupid moment and rubbed it on the back of the fragile tissue it just reinforced my dislike of the medium. Despite the rips and tears it left a nice surface but I think I’ll stick to UHU.
I take pictures of anything that is painted/stenciled on pavement. In the next spread (mini Moleskine) I transferred some parking garage arrows. It was kind of wishy-washy because my printer was running out of ink so I painted over them with gesso.
The next two spreads were done with bird stamps made out of fun foam. Both have Pan Pastels as a background. When I was out walking the sunset had red, orange and yellow streaks so I decided to make “House Sparrow” nice and bright.
The last spread “Nevermore” turned out very differently from what I had planned. I used Pan Pastels with Versamark for the negative space stamp and for the background trees. When I used the positive bird stamp with ink I chose a bad color and it was a mess. Out came the eraser and I liked the result – a bit mysterious (to me, at least). I lived with it for most of the evening trying to decide what to do with the rest. Finally I covered everything else with gesso and called it finished. By chance it turned out as a house shape. I’m consistent even when I’m not trying.