Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On Vacation: Paintings


I did these two painting while on vacation. The one above is from Miami. It's the view from a tram. No idea what building it is, I just thought it was very pretty. The painting below was done in Manarola, Italy in Cinque Terre. I was sitting in the middle of an adjacent terraced vineyard and did a quick watercolor. That was definitely one of the more beautiful and memorable travel moments I've had.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vacation: Painting



Okay, I didn't get too weird. It's so hard to do something other than the norm. I love clean lines, color, and bleeding edges. But, I did add pattern which is something I never do and that pattern is plaid which is even more rare. I'd like to think of this experiment as a vacation from my usual way of painting/ drawing. This should make for an interesting week. Maybe I'll even learn something.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation: Painting


Blue is a vacation color. Water, calm, the sea, just what one is supposed to experience on vacation. This little watercolor is a work in progress. I want to do something different, out of my element. It's time to get out of my comfort zone. Let's see what I do next.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Research: Vacation



If I could go anywhere for vacation right now, I would like to revisit the tiny island of Torcello. A short ferry ride from Venice, Italy, it's a magical place with gorgeous cypress trees, a small church, small ruins, and beautiful views of the water and other nearby islands. The quiet atmosphere only adds to it's beauty. It just might be my favorite Venetian island.





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vacation



With Summer nearing a close I'm feeling nostalgic for past vacations. Though my family is unable to take a vacation now (Kindergarten starts Tuesday for Gio!), I'm thinking about where I would want to go if I could. They say planning a vacation can be just as restorative as going, so I'm going to do just that. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project: Gyotaku: Fish Printing


Beaches equal the sea and the sea equals fish. Gyotaku is the traditional art of fish printing. The method was originally used by Japanese fisherman to record their catch. It's also a great project to do with kids. Gio and Eamon love it and often ask to do it. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Project: Foam Printed Seashells


Foam plate printing is so fun and super easy. It's a great printing project to do with small children. We've used this technique for many things including thank you cards and gift tags making them much more personal. The beauty of this type of project is that any drawing looks great when it's printed.