Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday leftovers

Shannon
9 x 12 watercolour

I've spent today piddling around, finishing up leftover pieces and making starts on other pieces. I was calling this portrait done but have now noticed that the left shoulder needs extending to make the arm look correct. Funny how I don't see these things sometimes til they are online.

I had previously invited people to send me images of people or animals to include in my sketchbook for a project that I'm participating in. Robyn of Have Dogs, Will Travel sent me an image of Snowy, a sweet little dog that may not get as much of a look in in the blogging world possibly because Dermott has power in size. However, Snowy, here's your chance to shine. Your own page in my little sketchbook. Dermott, Snowy can negotiate on my behalf if you'd like to be included as well. It may involve food and sleeping rights next to the heater...


Finally another sketch inspired by lino prints and the strong graphic look they achieve. I wanted to see if I could recreate something similar in coloured pencil using again my most available and cooperative model. Me. Why red? Why not?

13 comments:

Mary said...

Wow Jeanette, I was just going to make a comment on your previous post and got interrupted, a few mintues later there was another post. Great work your doing with the lino cuts and I like the strong bold feeling of the self-portriat.

"JeanneG" said...

Great self portrait. "The Lady in Red". Is the watercolor of Snowy in the little Moleskine?

Jo Castillo said...

What a productive few days. The portrait is super and the linocut is outstanding. You are lovely in red.

Thanks for sharing all this and the tutorial.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Mary, I'm in the experimental mood. :)

Kind of a different portrait Jeanne. And yes, Snowy is in the little Moleskine. I used an ACEO size piece of watercolour paper, painted and drew on that, then attached it into the book with invisible photo corners.

I go in spurts with productivity Jo. Thanks for your kind words.

anita said...
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Anita said...

Ok my third time at trying to comment here! Great to have things finished and tidied up - especially with such great outcomes.
I think posting things on computer and having the problems appear at you is similar to looking at them in mirrors or upside down. Not sure what it is that happens but it does - different perspective, maybe?

Rose Welty said...

All of your lino printing and graphic studies are coming at a good time for me. My uncle was fascinated by that sort of thing...so I've been leafing through various etching and woodcut books. It's all very interesting...once I get a chance I'll be making a little more of a study.

Robyn said...

Jeanette - I was so self-absorbed having a birthday I almost missed Little Snowy's star turn. It's gorgeous and she is extremely thrilled to be invited out of the shadows.

Lovely watercolour portrait but I think the relief print style of self-portrait is fantastic! I think you should cut it - we'd all love one!

Dermott said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Apart from that, I'm speechless, incandescent with rage and bitterly bitterly jealous beyond description.

Jeanette said...

Anita, you know I step back and look at things and think, ok. Then put in on screen and all is revealed. Go figure!

Lucky you to have all those goodies Rose. I'm sure is fascinating to go through them all and learn more.

Robyn, birthdays are completely about self indulgence! I hope you had a fabulous day with gifts and feasts and people you love.

I'm playing around with ideas for this self portrait. Right now I have this vision of a full size sheet with this on it - a sort of Andy Warhol style piece.

Oh Dermott, poor pup. Pat, pat, pat. Now don't take it out on little Snowy...

How about I put your handsome face on another page? Would that make you feel better?

Dermott said...

Too late. I've already taken it out on her. She didn't mind. She's used to it.

Would I have to shower first? And shave?

Jeanette said...

Go and say sorry to Snowy.

No shave and shower, I'll take you as you come.

Dermott said...

She told me to faff off.

I'm pretty stinky, but if you say so.

The only thing I insist on is that my eyes follow the observer around the room. As I've stated on more than one occasion, that's my definition of good art. Of course, if my fringe is down, and you can't see my eyes, that confuses things slightly.

Gee, good art can be complicated, can't it? Sometimes I suspect there's more to it than I think.