WordPress Blogger From England Influences California Blogger

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We are going backwards here. The top image is the last one painted. This is the first painting I’ve done in over a year. Here is your official notification Terry,  http://terrygreenepainting.wordpress.com/paintings-2011/  I’ve been following Terry’s just another painter blog. Gail, http://www.gailtrobertson.com/helped get me to this point, also. This little series of 6″ x 8″ images started out with me going to to a friend’s house and making collages. I didn’t know what I was doing – no inspiration. I came home with nothing. The next morning at 5 am I was tearing up magazines. Abstract eight – Shadow was born. That reminded me of a photograph I had taken showing the shadow of a sculpture in my apartment. Early morning sun hit the stone sculpture in a way that created a soft realistic shadow of a nude.

Buying New Toys for the Studio

It was like Christmas; opening boxes  –  two Quattro Flourescent light sets, daylight balance light bulbs (35 watts each), reflector diffuser,  and a portable translucent shooting  table. After taking a class at Calumet http://www.calumetphoto.com/on how to photograph small things, I bought some equipment for my studio.  I needed some lighting anyway. When my studio ceiling began to fall down (the chunks were an inch thick)  I tore out the light fixtures.  I have no lights in there – only a wall of windows – great natural light. So I needed the lights anyway . The table top desk is good because I can put it on the floor and shoot looking down at the object. Now I will have no excuse – better photographs of my Artists Books.  I’m not counting these images though. I took these with my iphone, I couldn’t wait. I just wanted to set uo everything right away and try it out. The “book” is a collaborative book I  made with my grand daughter. You can see I  borrowed her swan which has become a permanent part of my Artist Book, ‘ The Queen’s Swans.’

‘The Queen’s Swans’  is made up of 20 accordian books containing original watercolor and graphite drawings of the swans on the river Thames near Windsor Castle and a plastic swan. The pieces are housed in a  box with a bamboo cover.

Point to Point – England

A good traveling pen is the Rotring ArtPen. There is an extra cartridge in the body and it doesn’t leak on airplanes. One time it was thought of as a weapon and the airport security guy wouldn’t let me take it in the main cabin. I had to throw away my favorite pen!  My favorite moleskine notebook is the

pocket sketchbook. http://www.moleskineus.com/sketchpocket.html.

The paper accepts all kinds of media.

The Queen’s Swans, an Artists’ Book – England 2000

The Queen’s swans were sketched near  Windsor Castle on the river Thames.

Today, the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked

mute swans in open water, but The Queen only exercises her ownership

on certain stretches of the Thames and its surrounding tributaries.

The Queen’s Swans   2000

Artists’ book

Edition of 7

Original drawings

Graphite on paper from England

#1,2 and 3 –  2″ x 13 1/2″ accordion fully extended

#4 and 5 –  3 3/4″ x 25 ” accordion fully extended

#6 and 7 –  5 1/2″ x 4 ” single signature chap book

2″ x 13 1/2 “fully extended

The Queen’s Swans

Last weekend I finished an Artist Book about the mute swans in Windsor, England. A couple of years ago when I was visiting our daughter in England my grand daughter and I went down to the river Thames with a handful of folded Rives paper ; Earlier I had used water color to create a background for our line drawings. We spent the morning sketching the swans. The book is finished now with some stamped text. I’ve added a swan from my other grand daughter’s barbie collection. I plan to enter The Queen’s Swans in Book Works 2008, Pacific Center for Book Arts Triennial Members’ Exhibition.