Posts Tagged ‘calligraphy’
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Speaking of adventures and inspiration, this piece was inspired by The Hobbit movies, especially the newest one, though the quote is my own.
I would plant this acorn in your name, but I’d rather grow old with you.
I went for simplicity in this painting, layering glazes in shades of brown, gold, and a little red in the leaf, a little green in the body of the acorn. The writing is a version of my own handwriting. It is meant to evoke both nature and sentiment, a connection to the earth and trees but most of all a connection to a loved one.
Plant This Acorn, 4″x6″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the acorn with its little touches of green in the brown, against the red-brown of the oak leaf. Below, I’ve slipped the piece into a warm wooden frame, all ready for its new home.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
“Don’t let anyone tell you that the thing you love is a thing you can’t love.”
I created this piece as part of a gift for my awesome email list people, but I wanted to make the actual artwork available, too. Like any watercolor, there’s detail that gets lost in the print, plus it’s just awesome to know that yours is the one and only original.
This quote is from an impromptu, impassioned diatribe on “why it’s awesome to be a nerd” that Wil Wheaton gave when asked at a con for some advice for their baby girl to grow up geek, and it’s really good advice. The whole speech is pretty awesome, actually.
That Thing You Love, 9″x12″ pen & ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the little cheesy ’70s sunrise face in the middle of the word ‘anyone,’ and below you can see the piece laying on my desk with my iPhone for size, because it turns out I don’t actually own a frame the right size. Oops.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Three small words and a simple illustration of a plant going from seed to flower in three panels. A metaphor for creating. A reminder of what it takes to get the beauty of a flower.
Gestate. The tiny green curled in the heart of brown seed.
Uncurl. The plant braves the world, straightens up, spreads its leaves wide.
Blossom. The beauty that can’t exist while the plant is still safe in its seed.
Gestate, Uncurl, Blossom, a triptych of watercolor artworks on 4″x6″ Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the three tiny watercolor illustrations up close: seed, curled-up sprout, and flower. Below, the trio in frames, lit by warm spring sunshine.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
A small reminder of the other sides to everything:
Just because a Story is true, that doesn’t make it the Whole Story
We spend a lot of time telling ourselves our stories, whether it’s that time your favorite thing got discontinued because nobody likes what you like, or the time you couldn’t even make your cable box work because you’re no good at technology, or the time you missed a car payment because you’re terrible with money.
A single story becomes the whole story, especially in the negative. We tell ourselves the story and call it the truth, instead of remembering the 37 car payments you did make, the favorite products that have been on the shelves since childhood, or the tech you take for granted every day.
True Story, 6″x4″ pen & ink and glitter gel pen on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the light shining off the glittery color, highlighting a few important words. Below, the piece waits in a frame to grace someone’s home or workspace, accompanied by a little matching bookmark.
This piece was in last month’s Floating Gallery — if you’d like to get the inside scoop on my art, join my list.
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