Happy Easter !

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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Baby steps to a better digital interpretation of a sketch on white paper using an iphone camera.

After years of being away I went back to Photoshop Elements 6 and tried to remember  what to do.

To all of you  who came to my rescue last time. Thank you. I’ve just started trying out your suggestions.

Here is a first jab at it. The image above this text shows how the phone adjusted the image. The other two were edited in Photoshop.

Happy Easter!

Carla

 

 

 

Destroy a Flower and Draw!

Four Dahlias

Dahlias from Fran (click on image to enlarge)

You don’t need any art supplies to draw. Go on. Try it. smear a little more coffee on that coffee ring stain.  Take your pen and add a few strokes. Coffee is such a beautiful color. It smells good too.

When I was in Egypt I was sketching  and dipped a stick into a small bottle of  brown ink that I had in my backpack.  I got back to the hotel and noticed my sketch book smelled strange. I had mistaken a bottle of Echinacea for walnut ink and made a drawing with it. I brought the herbal remedy along to  boost my immune system and reduce the severity or length of a cold.

The herbal drawing of the Temple of Luxor has kept it’s color. It’s kept its  smell, too!

Dip your finger in that glass of red wine, pat it on a piece of paper. Any curry powder around?

Dahlias

 

How Do I Paint a Tree ? Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

 

trees across the creek-2

We stopped on the way for In-N-Out Burgers

Fries and orders of strawberry milkshakes

Manmade shapes turned into nature’s biomorphic forms

As we climbed to a little under 7,000 feet

 

We baked french bread at this elevation

And didn’t make adjustments to the recipe

 

Straightening our limbs we step out of the car

First, just quickly go look at the pond!

Oh, look at the quivering yellow leaves on the Aspen tree!

 

Down by the creek’s edge, I look up

Past cottonwood trees at the water’s edge

I see a little fir Christmas tree tucked in

Between the tall green Jeffrey pines.

 

 

Inspiration From Trip to France – Get Out Those Art Supplies!

After a trip, usually I am stimulated and ready to go back to the studio. I want to paint, make Artist’s Books, draw, and write -in some way interpret what I experienced during my travels. Megan got right in there. I’m so proud of her. Look at this! Her  drawing fills the page. It’s big. Paint and color have been added to her drawing – the next step after drawing. This piece will be perfect for her portfolio. Megan is planning on applying for an art scholarship. I suggested she add her small moleskine sketchbook that she filled up in France. There are some fine drawings to be seen in there.

Our two weeks of  drawing together have ended. It will be a long time before we see each other again. But there is WordPress!

We are thinking of  Megan being my guest blogger in the future – maybe we will do Megan’s Monday – Carla and Megan’s Blog.  Then she will have her own posts on the internet.

Driving to Hotel Hallo Coca Cola / Cow Dust Hour

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Driving to Hotel Hallo Coca Cola / Cow Dust Hour

Birla power

Tata trucks

Leaf plates stitched

Earth swept

sunlit

barefoot

chili

Saris

goats

monkeys and a pig

Dark skin

between

coconut palm

Thursday

wires

dust

electricity

Two bullocks

idli

a Honda bike

Bindies

and

bangles

men dressed

in white

Darkness falls

headlights

when

An evening lamp

is lit.

The Bay Bridge – Artists’ Book

This is an Artists’ Book

An Artists’ Book is a work of art. It is not just a vehicle to contain a story and communicate non-visual ideas.

Different media are used in a unique way to create a book-like object.

These books are puzzles.

They are undefined.

The viewer and the artist make up their own story using clues from the book-like structure.

Text, image and structure are equally important in an Artists’ Book.

In The Bay Bridge my cover and spine is the steel box. The pages can be taken out of the box and looked at indvidually.

For a few years we lived in an apartment looking right out at the Oakland- San Francisco Bay Bridge. In a drawer near the window I kept a supply of the same  size  ‘pages’  for my Artists’ Book. I’d record what was going on outside my window. What happens is you have the same size  paper for each drawing and painting so you start to think of different ways to fill that piece of paper. The book is chuck full now. Included in the steel box are stories about connections I have had with the bridge.