Moon Dragon (watercolor & ink)

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One of a pair. (The other doesn’t scan well so it’s not up yet). Drawn in 2007 or 2008, I forget, inked in 2008 — don’t remember when I started painting it. Did only the trees on both and then they sat for a long, long, long time…. finally a fit of persistence happened (yay!) and I finished them.

This long delay was bad for the paper where the painters tape held it flat on the board. So the edges of the paper are roughed up.

The scanner was so happy with the blues that it forgot to do the greens or something. The small image is the actual painting; I cleaned up the white boarder and some overruns for a printable version.

The painted area is about 3″ across and 7″ tall (very roughly; ask me later and I might measure it). The paper I think is 6″ x 9″ or something.

ADVICE WANTED: Please critique! (Every work is mulch for the next ones 🙂

My own questions are: What color(s) should the dragon have been to stand out best? Is the faint glow where I tried lifting some of the blue helpful?

Should I have softened the stars differently or more?

How about the shadows? More? Where aren’t they right?

THANKS.

I will sell them both but I have to get the other up and figure things out too. Lots I’d like to sell… anyway, that’s time consuming too (Prints up at deviantArt though because they make it very simple). Back to chores and kid care now.

“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.

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
        
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