Posts Tagged ‘watercolor’

While doing some very late spring cleaning, I came across two butterflies I created a few years ago.  At the time I think I was at a multi-pronged fork in the road.  As my mind mulled over next steps, I needed to keep my hands busy.  This is what I produced.

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Sometimes when a photograph has been accepted for publication, the editor has asked me for the “story behind the picture.”  Similarly, when my  little four-year old friend sees some of my work with colored papers, she often asks, “Why did you do that?”  And since she is looking at me intently waiting for an answer, I take a deep breath and try to share with her the story of why I made a sky green and a blade of grass blue.  Well, on this quiet afternoon, I decided to share with you some of the stories behind my most recent works on paper.  😉  Mostly they were done at night, to help me settle my brain before bed, by doing something different with my hands.

Red Leaves on Snow

The story:  In reading “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” I was reminded of that striking scene in the picture book, The Snowy Day, when the little boy stands outside and is looking back at his footprints tracked through the snow.  No footprints did I draw, but a trail of red leaves did come to mind, touched by sunlight.

In the Spirit of Klimt

The story: One day,  while researching how trees have been expressed in art, I chanced upon Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life.  I was aware of Klimt’s striking female forms, but new to me was his tree with branches spiraling against a solid sky.  I wondered what such branches would look like dotted with leaves made of Japanese paper.

In the Garden

The story:  Speaking of Japan … a lovely woman sent me the children’s picture book, Little Pictures of Japan.  For me, the book’s cover is evocative of looking through a rounded Japanese window into a garden.  The image stuck with me so I decided to assemble what I imagined I’d see peering through such a window on a moonlit night.  And finally …


The story: I found a cache of white and gray papers and an old set of watercolors I’d forgotten about.   Nothing fancy, just simple lines and washes of color.  For Somerville Open Studios 2012, I’ve decided to reproduce some of these works as postcards.  We’ll see.  Meanwhile, other paperworks can be found here.

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A gray day, and a bit under the weather, so I pulled out some watercolors and stickers. Quite calming. 😉

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Butterflies have always been a part of my life.  Quite a variety made their way through rural southern Virginia.  My brothers and I found a little green pod once.  We watched it grow transparent and out drip a wet-winged Monarch.   White and gold butterflies were most common.  Every now and then a blue butterfly would appear and that was an event that delighted everyone.  Today living in the city I don’t see many butterflies at all unless they are on exhibit at local science or natural history museums.  But whatever I experienced in my youth continues to inform my creative self to this day because I continue to draw upon these winged creatures for inspiration.

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