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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Monday, March 19, 2012

BUTTERFLY

"Butterfly"
5" x 6" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed Dictionary Page

Every time I draw I learn something.  I think art is constant experimentation and exploration and these little dictionary drawings, although simple, have provided me with some terrific problem solving opportunities.  I have been struggling to try and pop some highlights into the drawings but couldn't find anything that added the right, bright white.  I am using micron pens and assorted colored pencils and pastel pencils but I couldn't get any white versions of those materials to show up.

I've thought about getting out a little gouache but I really didn't want to use a wet medium in the drawing stage.  Today I decided to try a little white charcoal BEFORE I started using my colored pencils and "yes-sir-ee-bob" - that worked.  I really like the dash of bright white on the tips of the wings.  I discovered that it just wouldn't stick to the other mediums but it loved to be applied directly to the paper.

Now, if any of you are butterfly specialists be adviced - this fellow isn't really any particular variety.  I just played with patterns and colors and created my very own.  If he resembles any specific butterfly - well, that's another happy accident.

1 comment:

susannehaun said...

Good Morning,

I like your work on the dictonary. It's very expressiv.
I think as you, drawing every day is like Playing an instrument every day.

Have a nice day
Susanne from Berlin, Germany