Saturday, 25 May 2013

Summer Project (SP)

I have been working on my plan for a Summer Project. I want to have something that directs my attention and activity in a period that is less structured and has a lot of distractions: gardening, travel, just being out of doors, etc. Because colour is my prime motivator, I thought I would start there. I will focus on one colour, with various combinations, for one month or so. The first colour is blue, especially cerulean blue with black. 

I will take photos.

I will collect related materials. 

 I will paint small paintings. 
7" x 5"

I will look for related content to make books. To broaden how I think and see, I get to copy or riff off of other artwork in any media other than paint. Paintings must be my own creative work. 

This is an inspiration ( double-sized business card picked up at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (inspiration in itself) in Asheville, NC. 

Ready. Set. Go.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Crown Binding for 'Regular' Paper

Crown binding is an accordion fold with fold-over flaps that hold in the pages. After some trial and error I arrived at the right proportions to make a binding that fits ordinary 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. I hope that it will increase the potential usefulness for the recipient.  

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Ladders and Flight - 4

14" x 12"         36cm x 30cm
oil on canvas

Enough ladders already.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Accordian Book with Signatures

I came across a store recently that was going out of business. They had some amazing promotional posters in their recycling box; they were on offer and I chose a few. This book is made from a small part of one of those posters. The cardboard was a bit heavy for the folds, but also helped keep it sturdy.


Back and Front

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

From the Notebook

Every week day I spend 20 minutes with a sketch book. If I didn't have that rule, I would spend 20 minutes a year with a sketch book. There is the freedom of not needing to have a very important idea in the 20 minutes/day plan. Mostly I draw stuff, work out formal design ideas, plan little books. Today I had a colour idea that lingered from yesterday: I love cerulean blue, and better yet in relationship to brick red; I love trains and graffiti. 

From the sketch book: Fast Moving Train with Graffiti, oil pastel and pastel pencil, performed in just over 20 minutes.