Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mexican Serpents

Art Journal Page: Mexican Serpents, 8" x 4 3/4".
Collage, watercolor, and marker on paper.

What had originally intended to be an
abstract collage, somehow became a
collage with Mexican serpents.  And using
orange and blue, which is my least 
favorite color combination!  For
some reason it just happened.

Interesting how what is within arm's reach
can cause the results to be quite different
than you anticipated. That orange Sharpie
was just innocently there in my pen holder...
(on my monitor the Sharpie color looks red,
but the pen is actually orange.)

The Mexican serpent motifs were suggested
from designs in a book titled "Design Motifs of
Ancient Mexico" by Jorge Enciso.  I bought it
used, so I don't know if it's still in print.  It's a
Dover publication, so limited use for artworks
is permitted.

Many motifs used today are quite reminiscent
 of these ancient designs.  We artists are
 still quite fond of repeated lines, circles, 
triangles, dots and curlicues. The geometry
of the world -- from ancient times, through
the Renaissance, into Impressionism and
beyond.  Linking up with Art Journal Journey,
where the theme for the month is 
'art for art's sake.'  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Wizards Volume II

A month of Harry Potter has
been 20 years since the first book was published!
Above, Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy,
two villains we 'love to hate.'

The Dursleys, and a Dementor...

It seems like I've been writing about fascias,
soffits, and downspouts all summer as we
tried to make the necessary replacements
ourselves. And then it happened.

Hubby fell off the ladder. He's ok, just
really sore. (CT scan at hospital to make
sure!) Hind sight is 20/20...we should have
hired someone to do it!

Harry Potter's 'muggle' family,
the Dursleys.

In case you were wondering, there 
were nine coffee cups in my post
last week. Not nearly so many this week.
Linking up for T Tuesday over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.

Hippogriff: a mythical creature with the body of
a horse; wings, head and front claws of a raptor.

I hope your week has been 
uneventful, or at least events 
were pleasant!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tribute to Wizards

The month of July is
"Harry Potter Month" in my
Hobonichi A6.

I especially love the 'young' Harry Potter
characters from the first couple of movies.
And of course I've read the books several times
too.  Never mind that they are supposed to be
books for kids.  They are great fun!

After a month of drawing toys in June,
I stumbled upon #thelicklekiwi challenge of
#31daysofharry on Instagram...perfect!

Then realized after a couple of days that many
of the participants are professional illustrators
interpreting the characters in their own
cartoon style. OK then. 
I will still do my own thing...

portrait sketches from photos.

Well, the Weasley twins are kind of
'cartooney' on this page. Didn't have time
 that day for realism, I guess.  

Enjoying doing these, though I admit
I tend to get behind a couple of days
and then catch up, especially when
the family was visiting over the 
4th of July holiday!

"You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will
excuse me if I don't let you off homework today. I
assure you that if you do DIE, you need not turn it in."
~Professor Mcgonagall

Some suspicious characters...

and some that we
love to hate!

My Instagram is

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
T Tuesday with my Tribute to Wizards,
where we post something beverage-related.
How many beverages did you spot
on my pages?

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!
Thanks for stopping by...