I didn't previously know there were so many different kind of carp, and that goldfish were included! I was hoping to illustrate the ranking system we put on animals, how we draw lines between who to eat and who to love. More and more, I see society ranking our own citizens in the exact same way. It's a fish-eat-fish world out there.
The day after I made this card, we were visited by an amazing red-tailed hawk at work. It spent the entire afternoon hunting for field mice. :O
This card "Flock" is available here.
I put some real time in at the desk this afternoon. At least I seem to be well over the halfway point on this one!
So these Lindy Stamp Gang sprays arrived in the mail and the gold one looks absolutely fantastic! But what's the deal with "Sidewalk Chalk"? I was really looking forward to having a white ink spray, but ended up having to use watered down acrylic paint on this card, since all that came out of the ink bottle was milky water. Am I supposed to only use it on specific surfaces, or is it really not meant to do much of anything?
In the meantime, "Stardust" the card is available here.
This rather extensive journal page is technically a sneak peek, if I can get myself together long enough to bring it to *life*. The previous page contains a study of different kinds of carp (there are so many!), and so I've united some of them onto one page. What chaos! What competition! The koi and the goldfish come out on top as they are so fancy, and so highly regarded. It wouldn't surprise me if the common carp below felt at least a little resentful.
Sketchbooks are a great place to take images from your mind and put them out onto paper to see what works and what doesn't. I'm just as guilty of jumping right into a fancy piece of paper or a canvas only to get something terribly wrong, wish I could fix it, and then immediately abandon it. Or worse, never start anything out of fear of "ruining" the substrate or self-disappointment. There's an awful lot less pressure inside of a bounty of economical drawing papers!
I'm pretty sure that August is the only time we truly appreciate a rainy day. This card is available here.
I probably should have named my sketchbook "Specimen" instead of "Song", because it's collecting quite a lot of random creatures!
Grooving at home on a weekday, I finally get a little time to rest up and heal all of these little vocational wounds. The timing is all wrong, though, so no adventures for us this week. So what else would I be doing but sloshing grey paint all over some paper? ;)
I had a good time using a compass to work out the shape and placement of the gears, only to lose a lot of that detail after the first wash. The result is that the gears ended up looking a bit on the organic side.
The little crab is pretty satisfying though. The crab combined with the colour, the radial pattern, the circles, the lines and the little "plug" squares looks quite astrological at first glance!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Tuesday, February 14, 1pm PST