Wednesday, December 13, 2017
1. Pen & Ink and Watercolor portrait of sulky grandson Cole Taylor. His nose is too long in the painting, as can be seen from the photo below it. That might have been because we were reading the book Pinocchio! Cole was not as willing to pose as his twin brother so this is the only time I had to paint him.
2. Watercolor painting of Wilson, which doesn't do him justice, as can be seen from the photo of him above the artwork.
3. Pen & Ink and watercolor and pastel pencil portrait of Wilson in his sport shirt. He looks a bit like a Nazi youth in this picture, which Wilson said was "creepy." It does not look much like the photo of Wilson above the art, holding up the world with his dyed red Mohawk hairdo.
4. An Abstract, inspired by going to Discovery Park in Seattle, one of my favorite places to hike
5. A Memory Abstract of my week in Seattle ends the tableau.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Paper Art Collage:
"Flamingos and Yellow Roses" Paper Collage 22" w x 19 1/2" h
Fabric Art Quilts: (photos could show the final work better)
Wild Animal Baby Quilt 49" w x 49 1/2" h
Wild Animal Baby Quilt back with various Minky fabric patches
"Under the Sea" 48 1/2" w x 71 1/2" h (includes batik fabrics bought in India, photos and various other applique art)
"Robin Walking Away From Chaos" 47" w x 68" h. Tons of hand embroidery and a wool punch bird!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Getting sick in the summertime has never seemed fair. But it recently happened to me. I decided to try to tackle how it felt by doing another mixed media collage. The (for now) final version is at the top of the page, an earlier version below it. So what's the backstory on the elements used in this new creation? The photo of me in the collage goes back to a Christmas in 1971 when my sister Susan came to visit me while I was living in Madrid, Spain. As I was often sick during the two years I lived there, I'm pretty sure I was sick that Christmas. I was also pretty poor. I always liked the moody photo Susan shot of me in front of the wall calendar. To illustrate my sore throat, I used another little piece of my new red Japanese washi paper. I didn't have any picture of viruses to throw at the image so sampled a few I discovered Tal Danino had created and posted on his twitter account (link here) I could have used my own bacterial design which I created for a Spoonflower (link here - although they aren't showing all of my designs anymore) fabric design contest - a Paenibacillus done in 2015 because it looked cool, but I didn't because that wasn't what was infecting me. Finally, I spent too much time trying to create a brain image using various photos (from the ocean in Pt. Reyes to the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.) I'm not too happy with the resulting brain but think it is time to move on from this project.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
LINK HERE, I found a few that were saved from an old defunct website (redcrowartworks) I closed out years ago. So, I'm reposting one of my first little quilts titled "Bee World," created in 2014, so the link will be more viable. The quilt was mainly comprised of a collection of my art printed on fabric, some original fabric designs and a centerpiece of beautiful french silk I bought off of eBay, in a mix of silk fabric remnants, and which had some beautiful little embroidered bees on it. My sewing skills are not the best, as one can see from the irregularity of the piece. One of the artworks, a digital rendering of an oil painting of sunflowers, has recently reincarnated itself into a paper collage.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Bottom: My 28 x 22 oil on stretched canvas painting done in 2012.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
From the bottom to the top:
1. A 100% digital painting done in 2005, with an old painter software program.
2. An oil painting done in 2006, recreating (kind of) the digital painting but adding a Vincent van Gogh sky.
3. Another oil painting, this time in 2006, with a different bird and a pink cloud in the sky. Sold to a friend.
4. Fabric applique of a crow drawing in 2016, on a T shirt.
5. The same applique crow, under a pink cloud and starry night sky, now done by cutting up photos and adding various bits of ripped Mulberry papers, all glued onto 100% arches cotton watercolor paper - just finished yesterday.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1. Pen&ink & watercolor 7x10 - my hand holding a photo of the Taj Mahal with a view out the window in Queen Anne, Seattle of Puget Sound
2. Two portraits of grandsons Cole and Wilson Taylor (which look nothing like them but they were kind enough to pose)
3. Bottle of Amber's favorite hot sauce, also sharing the view of Puget Sound out the window
4. Something new! Mixed Media collage with cut up photographs and various papers glued onto high quality 100% cotton rag paper then inked. Vase of Flamingo Flowers is 11.5" wide x 15" high
5. The first of this new formula collage: Woman with a Bird on Her Head is 11" w x 15" h
6. Bottom two paintings by nearly 8 year old twin grandsons: Cole's is a still life of two beer can openers found on a treasure hung; bottom is by Wilson of his legs and feet resting on the balcony.
Monday, June 19, 2017
My intent is to illustrate the reality that mankind does not live in a vacuum. The natural world is beautiful. It is up to us to try to keep it that way. Why we exist is unknown; it is not clear where we come from nor where we go when we die. What is known is the impact our lives have on the physical world we inhabit during our lifetime.
Friday, June 16, 2017
http://www.wildernesstravel.com/. Bonus shot (bottom) is a photo composite of two fish I shot underwater, snorkeling off of Santa Fe Island, with a sea turtle I drew in 2011.