This is Melissa, a recent bridal commission. Isn't she lovely? And that train!?
And here is how it looks framed (with fabulous flowers)...
Oh I just love bridal projects. I think one reason why is because it gets me out of drawing feet! I hate drawing feet. Well... and of course I enjoy all the eternal love and fancy dresses too, but a "no footer" is definitely a plus.
and with that....
Trying out mixing sumi with watercolor... does anyone know if I'm doing this right?! I'm a little frustrated that I don't know anything about this new ink but its also exciting to see what I can figure out on my own.
Today is my Grandmother's birthday, so I decided to try a shocking pink in honor of her. She always loved pink, and "palm beach pink" in particular - the brightest of the bright. She wasn't your typical grandmother. Glamorous and aloof, the closest she came to baking me cookies was letting me dress up in her collection of Pucci scarves and reminding me that "you can never be too rich or too thin"... as I said, not your typical grandmother.
another sumi ink sketch!
so, i've been at my parents house for an extended easter visit. and on every trip home i read the same book. its called "simple abundance" and it is a collection of 365 daily chapters about some small way to enjoy and rediscover the simple beauties of being a woman. it was given to my mother years ago by a wonderful, eccentric friend. it somehow wound up on my bedside table and every time i pick it up and flip to the day it is in the calendar it, almost uncannily, sheds light on exactly what i needed to hear at that moment in time. if i'm stressed about not accomplishing enough and then i open the book that day's chapter is magically about "going easy on yourself and rejoicing in each small accomplishment" or, on the anniversary of a loved one's death the chapter will explain how "memories only truly take form and become beautiful once we have lost someone and how we should take heart in knowing that through loss we gain powerful memories"
seriously it always works. until.....
I was all excited to flip to today's entry and see if it would provide some life-affirming insight into this juncture in our collective existence and then turn that wisdom into a blog post.
and, of course, today's chapter was a total throw-away. it would be. typical. experiment failed, theory disproved. it was titled "the art of fashion accessories" haha.
BUT, then i remembered i'd just sketched a sumi shoe and had been wondering what i'd write about when i posted it! and realized that the karma of the book was still at peace. it was just telling me that today was the day to share my sumi shoe with you all. what a relief.
see, always works.
go buy this book if its still in print. its by sarah ban breathnach and it will make you smile.
you know that feeling when you discover a $20 in the pocket of a coat? like you've just won the lotto?
that is how i feel right now. i sketched this in august... AUGUST... and forgot to blog it!
free blog post! i win!
or did i blog it and i dont even remember? that is bound to happen at some point
anyway, she looks kind of eastery right? happy weekend!
Are you a fan of Happy Menocal
? I am in awe of how irreverent and well... happy these watercolors are. Especially the "custom heraldry"
I was so inspired, I decided to create my own little crest. All four of my initials (aren't I lucky to have both an I and an H? So symmetrical!) plus croissants because nothing says inslee like a croissant and some vaguely ranunculus like flowers to top it all off. What do you think?
its time for another monthly resolution: trying new things.
last month my resolution was to find a breakfast plan to live by. I was really in a place of perfecting sameness last month and getting into a routine. And sometimes I get worried that my predisposition to routine living spills over into how i approach my art.
So this month my resolution is going to be about letting go a bit. routines and art don't necessarily go together. sometimes the best artistic moments happen when you step out of your comfort zone and let go.
First step is trying a new medium - Sumi ink. I just got a little pot of it yesterday and I'm hooked. It is so dense and rich and dries quickly and imperfectly which creates such interesting variations which you can see in the woman above. it makes me want to start working BIG.
Happy April! Time to change the calendar!