Sketchbook Abstractions and ‘Strangelings’

I continue to move paint around in my sketchbook – now I’m adding drawings on top of the background paintings.  Nothing serious — just moving the paint and charcoal around — if things are out of proportion, good!

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A Strangeling with his red heart on view.  Acrylic, charcoal.

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An angel standing on the sun.  I loved painting this sphere so I did it again on another page.

 

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I’ve been trying these matte acrylics put out by Dick Blick.  I really like them for journal work, but they might be too flat looking for paintings.

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Another little stranger wearing woad! haha.

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The background painting is fun to do.  I did this one by painting one side and laying the top page over it to create a print.  Then I drew in the figure with charcoal.

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This angry looking stranger didn’t warrant filling in with paint.  Just a charcoal drawing.

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This strangeling may be off-putting to some, but he has a pleasant demeanor, really!

I’m thinking summer has arrived in Portland – the cottonwoods are blooming or whatever it is that they do, and the air is allergy inducing!  I’ve been spending my days sewing myself some new summer things to wear.  Haven’t done that in a very long time!  My evenings I’ve spent painting these strangelings, or maybe they are changelings.  They do appear somewhat mysterious.  I haven’t been posting much this last year – life just hasn’t been very creative — but I’m always thinking.  Maybe my dry spell has worked itself out and I will soon be turning out canvases again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 responses to “Sketchbook Abstractions and ‘Strangelings’

  1. Your strangelings are fascinating! I love that they break rules, and that you allow them free expression, to be what they become under your hand. This, is art at its most creative. Good to see you!

  2. 4 Rooms and the Moon

    Thanks, Judee. You always know just the right thing to say! I appreciate your insight very much.

  3. I really like the two above the comment about Dick Blick paint. The spheres have a great use of vibrant color with grey.

  4. 4 Rooms and the Moon

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for your comment. I had a peek at your work and was impressed with your use of bold color and technique. Always good to hear encouragement from other artists!!

  5. Strangelings and angels… I could really get to like this place!

  6. 4 Rooms and the Moon

    Thank you, Sharmon. I hope you do like it!!

  7. You such interesting figurative work in your paintings…

  8. 4 Rooms and the Moon

    Thank you, Donna — I appreciate your comment on my work. I have been a huge fan of your work for quite some time. “The Beauty of Nothingness” inspires me on so many levels! So beautiful!

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