Saturday, January 16, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
I've been making monotype prints for a while now. I usually use opaque paints to make prints on black paper: I enjoy the bold contrasts and deep colors that approach gives me.
After some planning (and restocking with transparent acrylics), I decided to branch out. Transparent layers on white paper are also fun! The thinner emulsion (Golden Open, in bottles) also lifts more easily, so it is easier to make patterns in it with tools. I used every sheet of paper in the pad, and then played around a bit more with leftover paper from another project.
This was a good way to relax after recovering from a migraine AND having to do a bit of office work!
I am one of those people who likes subtle, abstract paintings. It feels inevitable that you will eventually see a gray/white layered painting from me based on this, and on eucalyptus bark and leaves generally. (Photo taken on 01/09/21.)
Eucalyptus (from Australia) are a popular tree in California, despite their habit of exploding when they catch fire. (This is an ISSUE in this new, more flame-filled era.) They are tall and lovely, and smell nice. This particular one is also very naturally shaped (relatively unpruned) and perhaps young.
We pollard certain kinds of trees here (cut them back rather violently to near the main trunk), and that can result in some dramatic regrowth, which is what the older trees in the back show in certain sections. New, tree-shaped branches grow from the cuts, and since these trees are already prone to looking like multiple trees that start at different heights, that characteristic becomes rather dramatic. At a certain point, it feels RISKY to walk below a tree with many trees branching out of it over your head.
But this one feels smooth and safe. (Photo taken on 01/09/21.)
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
Architecture school involved lots of translucent papers, especially drafting vellum. I still love translucency, and decided to try monotype printing (using a gel plate) with drafting vellum. (Note: this is a cotton product - there is no calf skin involved, I'm not THAT old timey.) It is nice to see the plate through the paper, and I find the air bubble textures, where the vellum resists the paint, interesting.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
The beach was popular today, but in a physically distanced, safe, responsible way.
Also: Slow Streets still has all of the Great Highway OPEN to pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and all other non-motorized recreation, which means the roadway was filled with more socially distanced exercise. (It's always so strange to hear pedestrians speaking about the road being "closed," just because cars aren't on it...)