Ink Blots

Pinto Pony

A little ink and a little cardboard after reading about a friend finding a Black Widow Spider.

Spiders!
Spiders!

Reading about the NASA mission, I saw Lady Sputnik take orbit.

Lady Sputnik
Lady Sputnik

Landscapes of Summer

Mobile Bay at Dusk, 6" x 6", $50.

As summer sets in, the Georgia heat waves the air with exhaustion.

I retreat to my studio where colors and canvas wait.

While on a driving trip over Memorial Day weekend my husband and I stopped for the night in Fairhope, Alabama. I took some photos from Point Clear of Mobile Bay. They were my inspiration.

Mobile Bay, 6"x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay, 6″x 6″, $50.
Mobile Bay in the Sun, 6" x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay in the Sun, 6″ x 6″, $50.
Mobile Bay at Dusk, 6" x 6", $50.
Mobile Bay at Dusk, 6″ x 6″, $50.

Earlier in the summer I had the good fortune to be invited to Cashiers, NC. We hiked to see a waterfall. On the way we watched the white water on the rocks of the river.

Cashiers, NC, 6" x 6", $50.
Cashiers, NC, 6″ x 6″, $50.

I hope you are seeing great beauty this summer. Whether you travel or staycation enjoy.

More Ink Blots

Jaunty Blot $35.00

These have become a meditative bit.

Let ink blob around on a piece of paper.

Set aside to dry.

Return and imagine what could be done with more ink.

Ink Blot Lady $35.00
Ink Blot Lady $35.00

Oops, sometimes you find people in compromising positions. So sorry sir.

Disarmed Ink Man $35.00
Disarmed Ink Man $35.00

Or find people coming and going.

Ink Hipster on the Go $35.00
Ink Hipster on the Go $35.00
Blot on the Go $35.00
Blot on the Go $35.00

A historic figure and his horse have come to rest on the drafting table.

Jogging George Washington blot $35.00
Jogging George Washington blot $35.00
and his Horse $35.00
and his Horse $35.00

There are close-ups.

A Black Eye $35.00
A Black Eye $35.00

And there are views from above.

Pierrot Above $35.00
Pierrot Above $35.00

One never quite knows what will appear when playing with ink blots and blobs.

Surprise $35.00
Surprise $35.00

Ink Blots

Ink Blot Babe, $35. 8.5" x 11" ink on paper

There are few things easier to create on purpose or by accident than an ink blot.

There is so much and so little to read into one. We can check with Rorschach for that.

I am taking a year long class with Carla Sonheim. One of our assignments was to enjoy making and adding to ink blots.

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Lady Blot $35. 8.5″ x 11″, ink and colored pencil on paper
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Revolutionary Blot $35. 8.5″ x 11″ ink on paper

As the clouds build outside, I have hunkered down in the studio to enjoy some music and continue this ink work.

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Surprise Blot $35. 8.5″ x 11″ ink on paper
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Dancin’ Blot $35. 8.5″ x 11″ ink on paper

Behind the scenes I have been working on a new series. Having become the keeper of the family photos, I have boxes of inspiration from photos dating from 1920-1945. There will be more on that in future posts.

Read what you like into these blots, Hermann Rorschach would, hopefully, have a heyday with them. Funny thing, I actually knew one of his descendants.

Memorial Flowers

Morgan's flowers
morgan flowers
Morgan’s flowers

My dear friends have sent me lovely bouquets of flowers since my mother’s passing in mid-March. Their love arrived in long boxes filled with buds of promise. I trimmed their stems as my mother taught me. Put them in a vase of water with the magic powder to prolong their blooming lives. It was a tender time. The hopeful colors sat tight and patient. Time passed and they opened with optimism to share their beauty and to be the best they could be. So like all of us.

How could I thank my friends for the loving feelings they sent and to tell them how much they meant to me? I created a small painting for each of them.

Mahin orchid copy
Mahin’s orchid
roses
Pixie bouquet
Kimberly flowers
Kimberly’s roses

The outpouring of support and love has touched me. The cards which sit by my placemat and napkin at the kitchen counter are a stack of love and hugs from miles away.

Thank you  my dearest friends and family. xo

Art Classes and Inspiration

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I have been so blessed in being able to take classes taught by Carla Sonheim and last year in conjunction with Lynn Whipple.

This year I have learned even more techniques.

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Tiger Walking, pastel and ink
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Gorilla sketches, ink and charcoal.

Some of the lessons have been flashbacks to college while others are very imaginative and really get the creative gusto going.

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Picasso study on my drafting table.
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Picasso study.

You never know how another person’s mind is working. It is fun to see what Carla Sonheim is cooking up for her students every other week.

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Flying Person, watercolor, medium, charcoal.
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Cut paper, watercolor, charcoal.

A little inspiration from other artists is always welcome. Stirring the pot that is my brain usually results in surprises.

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Still life. Watercolor, acrylic, pencil.

The surprises have become something I look forward to daily. What will come from my hand, heart and brain today with the nudge of an art class for inspiration.