Mother and Baby 1.A and Quick Video

Mother and Baby painting

I often draw and paint images of a mother and baby; as a mum of four boys (young men now) it’s probably not surprising. I do so many of them I’ve decided to begin giving each a number and letter as a title; which I also do now with my flower artworks. A bit of a melancholy look on her face; think it could well be tiredness!

I painted this with gouache, on acrylic painting paper. After I scanned it in with the Scanner Pro app, I softened some of the outer edges with the artist crayon in Procreate (hmm, a suitable name in this instance); and added a touch more media in places. You can see this in the video below.

It printed up well on the Epson Archival Matte paper. I love how it shows the texture of the paper. Sort of like the edge around the pic, but may try it with out it. I’ll remove it with the eraser set on the soft airbrush in the Procreate app. Hmm, may soften the line under the right eye…difficult to know when to finish sometimes!

Mother and Baby
I took a photo of the print (centred on A4 size paper) with the iPad camera, rather than with the Scanner Pro app. This gives a softer look and closer to how the print appears – though it is a tiny bit richer in colour than this.

Sometimes a scan is brighter in colour than the work on paper or canvas, which often I quite like; and informs me of changes I may like to make to the original.

My skills with scanning are improving. This enables me to quite easily make “reproductive” prints of some of my traditional media artworks. I also continue to experiment with beginning a work on paper/canvas, completing a large part of it in an art app; and sometimes adding more traditional art media on the print…and so on… And there’s some lovely inkjet papers that I’m trying out.

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Flowers 1.Q – Gouache on Paper, with a Bit of White Art App Paint

Flower painting

Scanned in my gouache painting with the iPad, using “Scanner Pro”. I then took it into the “Procreate” app, where I finger painted in some white watercolour media over the red flowers. I had hoped to freshen up the overworked look of the flowers, however, it didn’t quite work.

In the gouache (Caran D’Ache Gouache Studio tablets) on paper I scrubbed back some of the red paint… didn’t help much..  May be able to rescue it with a little white paint – though this may just muddy it up more! Oh well, on with the next one..

As I continue to experiment in various ways, with mixing my traditional and art app media together, the “Scanner Pro” app has become increasingly useful. Slowly, I’m getting better at using it…

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An Illustrated Haiku… From My “Poems from Home” Collection

Flowers in a vase

*Watercolour and black fineliner pen on paper.

This is from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I’ve shared quite a few here already, with still more to come. I wrote and drew them about 15 years or so ago, during the very busy days of bringing up four lively and lovely boys – young men now.

I had a sort of a map of them on the wall in the kitchen; shaping and fine tuning the words and pics, in between cooking, doing dishes, and so many other things – and these everyday scenes mostly feature in them.

The kitchen still sometimes serves as a studio for my art and words. (Ahh… a sliver of alliteration in this last line, and a little lick of it in this line, as well)

As each poem and illustration were designed to be presented together, I think they could also be called a “haiga”. I want to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Some of My Sketches, Paintings, Linocut Prints – from Home.

Mother an baby painting
The artwork above is a favourite page from my hand made “Mother as Writer” book, which sold well locally (lots of mothers could relate to the content) and I hope to self publish it again – one day. This pic is also on my “About” page, with also a few more from the book. I painted it with watercolours, over a photocopied pencil drawing. Apart from a colour cover, I ended up keeping the rest as simple linework – mainly due to time constraints! Hmm, the face is a little too pink…

These works are on view in various places at home. I did most of them during the busy years, of bringing up a family. Some sketches live on a special part of a wall, in a room where I have a desk and filing cabinet, among other things… There are a few illustrations from my small hand made books – which are formed from some of my longish poems. Some I’ve managed (amid a household of boisterous boys) to complete and sell locally – quite a few years back now. Some pics were used on cards that I made. I still enjoy making cards. The two paintings are large works for me, over A3 size, and hang in the back loungeroom. Happy memories of when we lived on our (Aussie) bush block. We still own these few hundred acres, (sold some) but as our family grew, we moved into our little local town – ah, electricity again! *Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all. 

My blog is as much about sharing, and hopefully encouraging others in their creative pursuits, (and visa versa) as it is about me keeping an online record – a sort of journal. Which, in one way or another I’ve done so, over the years – on paper, or scraps of paper – sometimes on the back of the kid’s school newsletters, and envelopes! *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

When the day comes to turn my blog into a (paper) book (not a purchasable one, though maybe some of it may polish up for that!) I do want these snippets included. Who knows, my blog book may turn into an odd kind of family heirloom, and I don’t want these important parts of it left out. This outing should also quiet the rumblings from the filing cabinet, which you can read about in my poem called, “Rough Draft Rumblings”, which is towards the bottom of this recent post. *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all.

I’ll share these types of snippets again; and I still have more of my illustrated poems – haiku, I wish to place here. I also share my art and at least a few words, on my Facebook Page.  I put a feed from it, on the “front door” of my blog/website. Thankful to Jesus Christ, for my life, for everything. *Please excuse any fuzziness, in the pics that is 🙂 not used to having to scan in so many artworks. I most often use the “Scanner Pro” app, on the iPad; and sometimes the iPad camera.  Good on you, to those who do it all the time, a time consuming process!  I mostly share my iPad art here, (which in itself, takes enough time to do) and it’s relatively easy to scoot it over to my blog.  Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board, iPad screen, or whatever…..when the kids were younger, it would more likely have been, back to the washing machine!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

A P.S Note… I’ll be back here late October (with my 100th post!). 🙂 Busy with various art projects… Meanwhile you are welcome to visit me at my facebook artist page, where I’ll continue to share some art updates.