I'm working on three books (one is a mini one) at the moment, and I can't show any of it here because they aren't published yet! In between, I've been doing personal work though. Over the weekend, I found some old cardboard and I was inspired to make a couple of quick collages with some tissue I had on hand.
I love the immediacy of collage making like this. You never know how it will turn out -- there are so many happy accidents. For example, I placed some blue tissue down on the gessoed board to see where I might glue some water waves, and it picked up the white gesso! So I turned it over and used it towards to top, and it ended up looking like sea foam, which was nice.
Here is the final collage:
Here's another one I did using some of my trash. I was going to make another ocean scene, but I realized some of the paper looked like land, so that's what it became.
I added the lighthouse at the end (made out of Bounty paper towel), and painted it red.
These were really fun. Mostly because there was no pressure. And I did them quickly (in about 30-40 minutes), so it was instant gratification! :)
Also continuing with my sketchbook daily paintings. Here are some:
Some of the paintings, like these are done from photographs that my husband takes. He is becoming a really great street photographer, and he takes them daily every time he goes out for a walk -- which is a lot , since we don't own a car. Often I'll see an image that he'll show me, and think, "Oooh, I'd like to paint that!" So many times while walking around by myself, I'll see someone I want to paint, and I wish he were there to take a photo. I have to commit it to memory instead and paint later.
This is one I did from memory -- I saw this guy last Friday on the Upper West Side just as I was entering the subway station!! It was truly a gift!
These were sketched from life and painted later.
This one I did today. I wasn't so happy with it because I felt it looked too much like a photo and would have probably been better as something done from memory, but people seem to like it. I just love the giraffe the woman was holding. I guess it is a very popular toy I had no idea existed!
And another one from my husband's errands that he captured and I recreated:
I'm taking a MATS A course taught by Lilla Rogers starting Monday. It might get crazy. I hope I can keep these daily sketches up!