Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Artful Flourish


This is for my Iampeth class in Orlando this summer. It is also page three of my Molly West Handbound book. I am keeping that book for flourishes with a Daniel Ames feel to them. This piece is done on Rives BFK paper with McCaffery brown, Finetec gold and Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils. I don't think Ames would have ever done a pink capital letter though!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

For Convocation Day


Tomorrow morning my little girl graduates from Wilfred Laurier University with an Honours B. A. in Contemporary Studies. She maintained a full scholarship for her four years. Holly chose the mat, frame and swarovski crystals which are a fiery orange-red. I started out painting a little cherub in the vines but when she saw me working on a dragon there was really no contest! I used gesso, 23 K gold, Winsor Newton watercolour and gouache on 140 lb. Arches Hot Press paper. This little guy was a joy to paint.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dreaming Again


Small flourish done on Rives BFK paper with Vintage Gillott 404. The new bottle of McCaffery's Brown is more a Burnt Sienna colour than my old bottle. It will age though. Swarovski crystal is the clear diamond but it scanned quite dark. size is 5x7

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Healey Influence Flourish


Still playing with McCaffery brown. I think the bottle has finally had it but I got one last flourish out of it. The Healey exhibit was full of Victorian Illustrations. There were cherubs, floral studies, birds pulling carriages, Christmas themes, feathers, butterflies and the list goes on. This little wingless cherub was inspired by a Victorian engraving. I set him inside a little floral flourish. The water colour wash for the flowers is done with Albrecht Durer watercolor pencil. The piece is 4x6 on diploma parchment.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Very Different


I have just returned from the Healey exhibit in Kansas City. The exhibit was the largest unseen collection of Golden Age Ornamental Penmanship that anyone can remember. I was very influenced by the aging papers that were fading into sepia tones. The work was highly illustrative. There were several originals of C. C. Canan's work in the collection. He would often include little illustrated medallions surrounded by flourishes. This little commission evolved out of that exhibit as well as pictures the client sent of her vacation in Lake Placid. The edges of the diploma parchment are tinted with pastel and coloured graphite. Once again I used my prized bottle of McCaffery's brown and a vintage Esterbrook 357 entirely in the design.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

McCaffery's Brown


Working on a small piece this morning for a friend. I am near the end of the bottle of my McCaffery's Brown ink. It seems to have improved with age. It is starting to get slightly thick so I diluted it slightly. This piece is done with an Esterbrook 357 pen point. Nice to put pen to paper today.