“Mouse with Flowers”

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'Mouse with Flowers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage
'Mouse with Flowers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage

Mom had some scraps of mat board she was getting rid of, so I thought I’d try my hand at a technique I’ve seen Jessica Douglas [link] do some time ago. (Go see her very fabulous art, even though there’s nothing quite like this in her gallery right now.)

So. Colored pencil on mat board.

Very fun! Because of the darkness of the mat, and because of the thickness/strength of the board, I had to push my nervousness with applying color with a heavier hand. Very good for me!

I don’t have a mat cutter, so the other experiment was trimming away some of the red with an X-acto knife. Feh. I like it OK in the original (better than a smooth edge), but not in the digital versions, go figure.

Also, there’s clearly some dust on my scanner. Whoops. Nor am I at all sure that you are seeing the colors I am, and on my laptop’s LCD screen, the colors are darker and slightly more muted than in the original.

The original is about 6cm by 6 cm. Yeah, tiny! And that’s why this image is so small—sure, I scanned it at 600dpi (the scanner whined about 1200, silly thing, though that was before I rebooted it), so I could print it bigger, but … I probably shouldn’t! (Might anyway…)

Original SOLD at Art on Main’s 2012 Community Art Show.

“Longfingers”

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'Longfingers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage
Longfingers ©2012 Kirsten Talmage

Inked drawing of some creatures from somewhere and/or somewhen else. Inspired (accidentally, compositionally) by a coloring book illustration from Torn World.

This is a digitally cleaned up version of the original illustration. There’s a matte version also (that is how I gave it to my friend for her birthday).

Visually, I wonder which version is better, and why… I don’t mean in terms of quality of the image file you see, but whether the cropped (by the matting) or uncropped one is better.

I also had in the back of my a head a book I had as a kid, After Man: A Zoology of the Future. I think these are marsupalian, with some raccoon-like and some lemur-like characteristics.

Art Show! Me! Mojo!

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OK, so Art on Main has an annual Community Art Show for ages 2-whenever. Sliding in under the deadline, Mojo and I both brought 2 pictures down for the show. I matted “Unexpected”, and framed three of the WeatherWomen together. Mo has “Flower Shooter” and “Sunshine”, in mixed media and marker, respectively. (Mixed would be “marker plus stickers”.)

I’m just tickled that we did this. I’ve been wanting to get enough prepped that I could call ’round and arrange to hang stuff in coffee shops, and I’ve not done it yet, but now at least here are two things ready. (Unless they sell, although I grant that’s unlikely, as I took someone’s advice to “price it so you won’t miss it when it’s gone”.)

Reception: April 16th, Friday, 5-7 p.m.


Unexpected
        
WeatherWomen

“Birthday Dancer”

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"Birthday Dancer" copyright © 2008 Kirsten Talmage
Birthday Dancer

Another birthday illustration that never made it to the birthday…

Watercolors and ink on sketch paper — the thing about it is I keep working on paper that’s too small. It’s not that I intend that the illustration be too big for the paper, see, it just keeps happening.

I’ve gotta sketch in the sketchbook and move to using the projector or something. It’s was more fun painting on heavier paper (bristol or cold press are working for me these days).

Anyway, I like stuff about this, and am not so impressed with other stuff, and maybe this’ll be the root for something better someday. I have this idea, see, and a projector, and it’s already sketched out, but if it were bigger I could do this other stuff, see…

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