Besides circles, I have octagons for my class homework. The octagons are drawn on to graph paper first. Then the grid of octagons is to be used in a design.

This is the first ones I did. I was trying to use a “tetrad” color scheme of yellow, red orange, blue violet and blue green. I really didn’t care for the result. The octagons just seemed to be floating and the yellow was taking over the entire design.

So I removed the opposite page and used colored pencils to bring the blue green and blue violet out on to the background with cross hatching. I still don’t love it but I think it helped the design. Looking at it again, I might need to deepen the values on the cross hatching and add in more blue violet.

Next I enlarged the octagon patterns from small to large. I used acrylic paints and added a lot of glazing liquid to get transparency. There a many layers on this one.

The next step was to “distort” the octagons. So I scanned them into the computer and used Photoshop to distort the patterns. The one above was “twisted” and “pinched” in Photoshop and then I printed it out. I used the dark red cut out design on the gelatin plate to get a print. I liked the color on the paper so much I decided to glue it down as a design too.

Here’s the gelatin plate print. I added in some colored pencils to give the octagons more definition.

This is a another distorted octagon design that used “liquefy” in Photoshop. I drew it on to a magenta and violet background, used permanent black marker for the outlines and colored in with colored pencil. It was blah on the background so I decided to cut it out and put it on a different colored background. Here are the three choices, purple, yellow or turquoise? Which do you prefer?

It’s been fun playing with octagons. I don’t usually use such repetitive patterns in my work but I enjoyed it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Adding to the Rock Studies

I thought you might like to see the changes I made in the rock studies I showed you last week. I added colored pencil to both. The photo on the left is before and on the right is after.

And here’s a close up.

Close Up Yellow Orange Rock Study

And then this one is based on the river rocks you see here in Montana.

And a closer look.

Close Up River Rock Study

I think the orange one is finished. But I think I might add some more “leafiness” to the green areas so that it is an overhead view looking down into a stream.

Circle Sketchbook

I have been busy with company from Chicago all week and haven’t had much time for creative pursuits. I’m still working in my circle sketchbook in spare moments. These photos are from pages that I have completed over the last month or so.

Circle FrameThis is the most recent page that I finished. It is actually two pages with the orange painted page being a “frame” and the page behind a doodled radiating design.

Orange and Red DoodleHere’s the entire doodle page.

Partial Radiation Berries and RibbonsThis is another radiating design done with black pen and colored pencil.

Greens and Purple CircleThis is two pages as well. The circle design is on one page and the painted green background is a separate page.

Amorphous CircleThis one was done with black pen and Inktense pencils which I then painted with water to spread the colors.

Blue Tattoo Swirly CircleThe design here is based on a tattoo design that I found on the web. It is done with black pen and colored pencil. All of these are on paper that is painted beforehand with acrylic ink or paint.

Black SwirlsNow we’re moving back into some black and white designs. This is using black pens of various sizes and just doing loose swirls. I am really enjoying working in my sketchbook and circles is such a broad theme, it’s amazing the different ideas that come to mind with circles as your theme.








Color Homework

I have been really busy. So even though I haven’t posted, I have still been working away at my color homework, finishing up my umbrella tree and carpentry work for the yurt.  I thought I’d show you a bit of what I have been doing for my color homework.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe class I took was Level Color Studies from Gail Harker Creative Studies Center. I highly recommend it. You can take it online or at the center.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been making charts of all my different colored pencils.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFinding color in magazines.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPainting color schemes.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI think I am going to use this painted piece for the cover. I have really been enjoying playing with color. I will be posting about my umbrella tree on the Felting and Fiber Studio tomorrow. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.