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September 2013



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Back to work...and it feels GOOD.

After a week and a half of blowing and coughing, my brain returned a couple of days ago, and I've been working on the book again. It feels GREAT.

I had contented myself with basic, basic editing as well as scanning of existing artwork, but there was no way I could organize the manuscript, integrate new work with original stuff on the flat plan, or even do new work I'd want to share with the dogcatcher. I couldn't get inspired by any of the sketches or photos I'd set aside to work from--J. found this one of Rachel yesterday, and it was like a light came on in my head!

Last night I got out the Peerless Transparent Water Colors I'd bought a while back and gave them a test drive--interesting!

They're dry sheets of paper coated with intense color--a whole new way of working. See them here: www.peerlesscolor.com/

I used Sepia, Mahogany Brown, Flesh Tint, Geranium Pink, and a bit of Pearl Gray, mostly wet-in-wet..no pencil drawing first. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee, free-fall!

Peerless suggests cutting off a bit of the color-impregnated paper and putting it in your palette with water, but the results were too pale for me--of course I began touching the wet brush directly to the paper. I liked the effect, but BOY did I get messy...I'll have to experiment a bit more!


that sounds like fun!
It is! I got it in part because I was thinking how nice and portable it is, which it is...but pretty messy unless you've got soap and water really handy, at least the way I used 'em!
What fun! Anybody we know?
She's my middle godchild--lots of fun to paint! That's her, here, too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathy-johnson/2335759529/ with her baby boy and husband...