Today…


Max is seven. He’s lost four teeth and gained two more. He prefers his hair long. He skis down moguls and enters the terrain park without fear. He has endless amounts of energy but once his head hits the pillow he’s out. He loves sushi. He’s reading and enjoying chapter books. How lucky are we. 

Rubber Stamps

My first attempt at cutting rubber stamps. I like how the hedgehog turned out and I like the interesting negative space in the ship’s sail.
I’m using Speedball Speedy-Cut material that cuts like butter. The procedure is just like carving a woodblock but so much easier with this material.
  • I start out with a sketch on paper which I then transfer to tracing paper
  • flip the tracing paper onto the carving material and trace over it to transfer the image.
  • I used an x-acto knife to cut these but the Speedball carving tool you see below works well too


Venezia


My love of painting has always been with watercolor. The movement, the freshness, the areas of crisp whites. As I’m reading Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions I long to sit down and paint. I admire those who sketch and paint in public. I’m working up the nerve to do that and have been carrying a small sketchbook with me everywhere.

This was a small postcard I painted (some years ago) from a photo of the market in Venice. I like the area of the fruit that I didn’t overwork which is always the challenge with watercolor. 

Rythym

A couple of my latest collages which pair up nicely side-by-side, I t’ink. Bright colors, whimsical, graphic and I’m liking purple and yellow at the moment. The man in the right image is by one of my favorite artists Modigiliani captured from an old 2005 calendar of mine. Speaking of, the material for my collages are collected items from junk mail, magazines, train tickets etc. I save it all.