Freehand Friday: Detail

May 17, 2019 § 2 Comments

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Pond Wednesday: Acrobat

May 15, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Here’s to a week of stretching and enhancing our talents. ~ xo Pierr

 

Pond Wednesday: Getting Ready

April 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

Came to the pond thinking I’d see the Canada geese again.Tree1 A flurry of activity on this overcast day. Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere calling and showing off their red and yellow wing bars. Prepping for the ladies yet to arrive?Blackbird2Near or far, in or out of focus, they’re easy to spot.Blackbird4Blackbird5Blackbird6Blackbird7Mallard1Mallard is ready. You ready?Mallard2All ready.Blackbird8Here’s to an exciting week of readiness. ~ xo Pierr

Pond Wednesday: Welcome!

April 9, 2019 § 4 Comments

My new neighbors are very friendly. They came right over the instant they saw me.PondWed1-CanadaGeese-pierrmorganPondWed3-CanadaGeese-pierrmorganPondWed4-CanadaGoose-pierrmorganA little disappointed maybe that I hadn’t brought any treats with me. Evidently this couple is used to human generosity found at the public park ponds. I wouldn’t presume to know their diet. I only wish I’d thought to tidy up the place before they arrived. PondWed5Fortunately he or she knew better than to nibble on that plastic bag clip. PondWed6-CanadaGoose-pierrmorganWhat a handsome couple. Together for life. I can’t wait to greet their family.PondWed-CanadaGeese-pierrmorganHave a wonderful week of welcome. ~ xo Pierr

Pond Wednesday: March 27

March 27, 2019 § 4 Comments

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Here’s to a week full of SONG ! (click ‘song’) xo ~ Pierr

Freehand Friday: Year of the Pig

March 9, 2019 § 7 Comments

I finally snail-mailed my annual Lunar New Year card!PigCard1I sketch an idea on any old scrap paper then start refining it using pencil on tracing paper. When I have a drawing I like I ink over it using a narrow Micron pen. The reason I use tracing paper is you can see through it, and at some point I might want to change the composition by flipping the image… Easy as pie! Don’t even have to redraw it.PigCard2Here are the pens used for this project. Berol Prismacolor art markers have a wide chisel tip and a narrow tip in one marker. Great for quick strokes of color. The Pigma Graphic, by Sakura, is permanent ink, too. It comes in many different widths. I used it for the Squiggle girl’s hair and facial features.PigCard3If the final paper is too thick to see the drawing through it to trace via a light table, or up against a window, I use graphite paper instead to transfer the image. First the paper, then the graphite paper – graphite side down – then the drawing on top of that, and ‘trace’ over the lines with a hard sharp pencil (2 H or 4 H):PigCard6-pierrmorganNext I paint over the graphite lines in single brush strokes of gouache (goo-wash, an opaque watercolor), changing the color a bit every stroke or so for fun. My two favorite brands of gouache are Winsor & Newton (England) and Royal Talens (Holland). PigCard4-pierrmorganI have favorite brushes too. Of course the primo brush is Winsor & Newton “Series 7” sable. But they’re very expensive and gouache is particularly hard on fine haired brushes, wearing down their tips pretty quickly. Recently I discovered the “Umbria” series by Princeton Art & Brush Co, made especially for gouache, and gave it a whirl. It’s a new fav! PigCard5-pierrmorganFinally I add my signature “chop” – which says the sound of my first name in two ancient Chinese pictograms side by side – ‘P’ + ‘eer’, carved for me years ago by a Beijing artist, “A National Treasure,” visiting Seattle. PigCard7-pierrmorganMy Year of the Monkey post, 2016 – click HERE – gives a different step-by-step of the process. All my New Year cards feature this imaginative “Squiggle Girl,” from the picture book, The Squiggle, by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by moi – Pierr !PigCard1-pierrmorganPigCard8-pierrmorganHere’s to a creative year! ~ xo Pierr

 

Freehand Friday: “The Chicken And The Egg”

March 1, 2019 § 16 Comments

Since the 1st century philosophers puzzling cause and effect have wondered – which came first, the chicken or the egg? Recently, in our 21st century, physicists have shown that in parallel universes of quantum physics, the chicken AND the egg can both come first.

The art I share today is my whimsical glimpse into one such universe and what could be going on there at this very moment.BAC-PierrMorgan3I used gouache (goo-wash) and ink in a resist technique. Thinking backwards, I paint pattern first to stain the paper…BAC-PierrMorgan…then general colors over the pattern, leaving the paper blank where I want a black line.BACbkground4The scene fills in this way with more details and general color over them. I tape the piece to the bottom of an enamelware pan (waterproof) with Artist Tape (blue painter’s tape works as well)…BAC-tape-pierrmorgan…then cover the foreground and borders with black waterproof ink (Higgins “Black Magic” is my fav).BAC-inked-pierrmorganThen I let water from the kitchen faucet run over it. Water beating on the piece dissolves the paint which pushes the ink off itself, leaving a stain of color – and ink – where the paper was blank or where gouache wasn’t painted thick enough to resist the ink. This allows for surprise and that ‘happy accident’ which I love. The painting is usually a potato chip after this step, so I blow dry it flat again, then remove the tape.BAC-rinsed-pierrmorganFinal touch-ups are easy because gouache is opaque and will cover excess ink, or colors I might decide I want to brighten or change.BACbabychick-pierrmorganFor that Medieval illuminated manuscript look, metallic watercolor from Daniel Smith Art Supply in Seattle works wonders.BAC-Feb13-1Tonight – March 1, 2019 – the group show, Chickens: Birds of a Feather, opens at TAP (The Art Project), a gallery on Bainbridge Island, WA. The show is up through March 31.PierrMorgan-ChickenAndEggThanks for attending my first “Freehand Friday.” My plan is to share something of my art process with you each week, to motivate me to keep on creating more and more new drawings and paintings. Ba-BOK! xo ~ Pierr

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