from the jazz age to the space age

Monthly Archives: April 2010

i’ve been thumbing through books to crystallize my approach to my next set of paintings. i want something light, encompassing the meaning of ukiyo-e, the floating world. i live in a dream world of hazy visions and i spend much time reproducing them on paper, however banal they may seem to other people. i deeply feel frida kahlo’s exclamation against being labeled a surrealist, ” i paint my reality.” lately, i’ve felt the ink line i apply to all my paintings is overpowering them. it’s so dark i find my self overpainting the picture. while this worked well for me in the past, i’m just not feeling it now.

after examining mercer mayer’s “beauty & the beast” for the millionth time i’ve noticed he left a significant portion of his pencil drawing visible as shadows.









karl & i combed through rackham’s “tempest”. like rackham, i too have always “painted with my pen”.




















“sorcerer’s apprentice” by the dillons























julie morstad’s lovely work

















& of course japanese woodcuts.





















so, i think i’m going to apply color over the penciled lines, leaving them uninked. something tells me this will give me the lightness i’m searching for.

hard at work creating art for my etsy store~

a copy of my sketch, “george harrison is my power animal” being transferred to watercolor paper via carbon.
finished drawings awaiting color…