A few years ago I had an art show of just my Watercolor Batik. Luke's Dragon was a big hit and I sold it right away. I asked Luke what he thought of it and did he like it. He said Memere that is not a dragon that is my toy. I couldn't get him to change his mind. To this day it is his toy. I like doing the watercolor batik. Usually I keep them very light and happy. It is funny because sometimes I go a whole year and not do one but then all of a sudden I start and will do twenty. It all depends on the mood I am in.
These tulips were done in watercolor after I waxed the line drawing. Where you see the white is where the wax was. I use a tool called a Jhanting that you can buy from Dick Blick, I use bee's wax, also can be found at Blick's. Once I finish painting I put the painting on paper towels and iron the wax off. Once that is done I sometimes ink to embellish the design. This is great way to relax and they make great gifts. If anyone wants more information they can email me at email@example.com.
Today was a really difficult day. I had to vote. NH has its primary today and it was very, very busy around here. I really had a hard time because two of the nominees I liked very much. I walked in to the booth and made my choice. I hope I did the right thing. The Proud Woman won two national awards. I love this drawing.
Knotted Shawl is one of the last colored pencils I did. I have the shawl and it is gorgeous. Classes start this week and that always gets me excited. I will be teaching three mornings a week. Tuesday starts it all. A new year and I hope a happy one for all.
I did a series on women and used old antique clothes that I found in antique shops. I named them all after different types of women. The Elegant Woman was once a very expensive dress for someone young and beautiful and wealthy. The Bride was one of this series. I loved using colored pencils. It is a very meditating type of work. You become so involved you forget the time and the day.
The Bride is the largest colored pencil drawing I ever did. The image is 40" x 55". It took quite awhile to draw. I had it on an easel and did a lot of cross hatching, I worked at it as I would a painting. It was quite the job. I won a National Award for this drawing. It's mighty cold out, everyone stay warm.
This painting was done many many years ago. The brushes were hanging in my basement. One day I set up my easel next to the furnace and started painting. My kids came down to watch and my Mom did too. It was a fun painting to do and I sold it at a local art show. Memories, good memories.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I went to college when I was 37 years old. I loved it so much, I was a sponge and absorbed anything and everything about art. I started out wanting to be a portrait artist but ended up using pencil and colored pencils. I made quite a name for myself with my drawings. I won many awards. When I needed a break from that I went into oil sticks and just loved them and again did very well with awards. I finally went back to my oils but always felt frustrated with them I wanted to be free from all constraints, I am now working in acrylics and loving them. So now the sky is the limit. I just want to go and do everything I feel and want to express.