Pigment geek-out

Okay, artist geek-out time now. I just bought a bunch of new Daniel Smith paints. Haven’t had a chance yet to play with them, but I did at least get to do a quick test swatch of each this morning. *Quinacridones – the top row of red-pinks-purplish colors. I’ve heard a lot about quinacridones lately from various artists, and I’ve decided to finally give them a shot. They’re extremely vibrant, and beautifully translucent, in tones that I definitely don’t have with any of my other colors. *Lunar – the next row, there’s three of DS’s Lunar colors. These are semi-transparent. …

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Winter Botanicals

A batch of new botanical pieces, all wintery themed. I did several of these while out visiting my husband’s family in Setauket, New York. My mother-in-law has the most lovely garden, even in the depths of winter, and I spent many hours with my daughter, with our noses to the ground, gathering little bits of nature that we found of interest. The unusual turquoise flowers are from some bulbs I purchased at the Berkeley Botanical Garden. I couldn’t resist these Cape Cowslips, also sometimes called Turquoise Hyacinths, with their incredible blue flowers. They are native to Africa, and are a …

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Thriae: Melaina the Black

Melaina the Black Size: 14×18 inches Medium: Watercolors Prints ($16.95 & $27.75) -available here- In The Homeric Hymns, the Thriae were a trio of nymphs on Mount Parnassus, who were said to have taught and given Apollo the gift of prophecy. They were called Melissae, bee-priestesses, with pollen in their hair and honeybee wings. Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 550 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “[Apollon to Hermes:] ‘There are certain holy ones, sisters born–three virgins gifted with wings: their heads are besprinkled with white meal, and they dwell under a ridge of Parnassos. These …

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December gallery happenings

A couple of gallery events happening in December. Modern Eden – December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA. Presenting group show “Wanderlust“. My two paintings “Migration” and “Vivace” be on exhibit. To inquire about purchase of my paintings, contact kim@moderneden.com “Vivace” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 “Migration” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 And Red Raven Gallery – December 6, 2014 – January 1, 2015m Port Townsend, WA. My painting “Memory of Summer”, along with many prints will be on exhibit at the Copycat Violence Collective group show, “Echoes of Perception”. Contact Red Raven …

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Rosemary

Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis 11×7 inches, watercolors I was pleased to find that the recent rains hadn’t knocked off all the flowers from my rosemary bush. In fact, I was surprised to find it full of blossoms. I decided this would be a good one to start on for the herbal guide I need to get working on for Llewellyn (the book is due out late 2015, I think). Here’s a specimen on my desk, smelling quite fragrant. And the pencil sketch. Added some closeups of the flowers, buds, and leaves on the side. The main stalk is drawn at 1:1 …

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Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity

Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity 8.5×13 inches detail closeups & prints -available here-  Satyros Phil Brucato writes for this card: Poised between extremes, the dancer hovers in a tranquil place of balance – temporary, perhaps, but currently at peace. Movement, for the moment, has become stillness, the fifth of Gabrielle Roth’s five rhythms that guide our lives. Harmonizing with the sublime source of the universe – the First Sound, Om – this passion is actually a LACK of passions. In place of thorny and tumultuous emotions, the dancer has attained serenity. Yet serenity is almost always fleeting in this life. The pace …

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Inktober in Review

We’re going to call this entry “Adventures of Bumblebird” (or, “How Stephanie Attempted Inktober with Moderate Goals Attained”) About a week into the month, I heard about inktober, and I was so inspired by the ink drawings of my fellow artists, that I had to jump into the fray as well. I didn’t quite manage to do each day of the month, but I gave it my best shot. I blame fixation on sewing Halloween costumes, a family vacation, and a sudden burst of botanical art with deadlines for shows.   Anyway, here’s what I did manage to scrape together …

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Stag Cycle Sonata: Scherzando

Stag Sonata Cycle: Scherzando Medium: Watercolor, gold leaf, ink Size: 11×10 inches Photos of the process of creating this painting: Started off with a slightly different composition, with the tree extending up, and the dryads playfully taunting from above. I’ve been trying out some new paper because my old favorite seems to have changed up a bit and is no longer suitable for my style of working. So I went to the art store a month ago and bought a sheet of every hot press watercolor paper they had available and have been slowly making my way through the stash …

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The Art of Observation

 The Art of Observation Medium: Watercolor, ink, metallics, gold Size: 11×14 inches Detail closeups and prints ($16.95) and original painting ($1200.00)  -available here- Who is the watcher, and who is watched? She glides across the ground, no footsteps in her wake, no sound to mark her passage, no breath to stir the air. * * * Photos of the painting in progress: Earlier this month, I was off in Atlanta at DragonCon. I like to work on ink drawings when I’m traveling. I would like to work on paintings, but that usually entails bringing along too much stuff and I’m …

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Miniatures

Been on a tiny painting kick for the past few days. I think that of the hundreds of birds I’ve painted over the years, this little hummingbird takes the prize for being the smallest. Flying high above a jade green cup…. And many a night it seems That all the valley fills With those fantastic dreams. They overflow the hills, So passionate is a shade, Like wine that fills to the top A grey-green cup of jade, Or maybe an agate cup. – William Butler Yeats, “The Dreaming of Bones” And even when I’m painting in mini-size, I can’t resist …

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DragonCon art show sneak peeks!

Back in the inking groove now that I had a week to recover from my vacation. A few more of the matted pieces with remarques that are bound for the DragonCon art show. “Legato” – unmatted prints –available here– for $16.95 Having a lot of fun with these mandala type designs along the boarders. A touch of lighter white gel pen for contrast against the cream colored mat. “Fermata” – unmatted prints –available here– for $16.95 More rosettes. And of course birds. Because there’s always birds with me. A bit bird-brained.  “Amidst the Brambles” – unmatted prints –available here– for …

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Promenade

Promenade Medium: Silverpoint & watercolor on wood panel Size: 5×7 inches This is only my third piece using silverpoint, so I’m still experimenting a bit with surfaces. This time I decided to try using a wooden board. 5×7 inch maple art board. In the photo, you can see the array of tools that I ended up using in the course of creating this piece. Silverpoint drawing ground (which feels a bit like a diluted gesso), a couple of white gel pens, a fine tipped silverpoint pen (like a .7 mechanical pencil), and a wider tipped silverpoint pen (more like a …

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