Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Lucy's watercolor of Amber's birthday flowers (on poor paper)
Cole's watercolor abstract of the flowers (on poor paper)
Wilson's watercolor abstract of the flowers (on good paper)
Wilson and Grandma Lucy's silly pen & ink line art
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Top two prints are examples of Chine Colle, using different Japanese kozo papers. Prints are 11" x 15." Prints 4/8, 7/8 and 8/8 are variations on the black ink theme (as in 3/8 above). Print 5/8 is another version of Chine Colle, seen above in print 2/8, and print 6/8 was given to my very knowledgeable Kala teacher Claire Kessler-Bradner. There is no intentional symbolism related to the 7 circles behind the Crow, although I could make something up if provoked.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Little Cloud drifts away from the Tall Mountains and meets a Blue Jay named Jack, in my Kindle Ebook story for kids called Little Cloud. So where is Little Cloud going, and what are Little Cloud and Jack up to? Again, we go to the top of Mount Walker, this time looking south at the panoramic views of Puget Sound and Green Hill, Turner Mountain and Buck Mountain. On the hazy day in August, 2014, when I took the reference photos, it was difficult to make out much in the distance. In referring to Wikipedia and the Free Dictionary some interesting facts emerge: Puget Sound is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and part of the Salish Sea. In an unusual precedent, it was explored by Capt. George Vancouver who, rather than name the inlet after himself, named it for his aide Peter Puget. The illustrations for Little Cloud and Jack surfing the breeze in the sky, had a more high tech birth, requiring a Photoshop filter from Alien Skin’s Eye Candy 7 software, called Motion Trail. This plug-in was used to illustrate the meteorological phenomenon known as thermal lift, which is used by soaring birds (and Little Clouds) as an energy source. Despite this energy aide, Jack got worn out playing in the sky with Little Cloud and expressed a wish to return to his home on Small Mountain. More about this in Part III.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
In my Kindle Kid's ebook Little Cloud, we are introduced to our main character when we see her floating up in the sky. Where is she? Turns out the reference for my artwork is based on a photo I shot at the top of Mount Walker, in Washington State, on a grueling hike taken in August, 2014. Here’s a link to the Washington Trails Association’s webpage about Mount Walker: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-walker. The north summit view, from the top of Mount Walker, includes the third-highest peak in the Olympic Mountains range, Mount Constance (7,743’), and the other “Tall Mountains” are Warrior Peaks, Cloudy Peak, Buckhorn Mountain, Iron Mountain and Mount Townsend to the west and northwest.
My reference photo and the art for e-book pages 6-8 are above.