I worked on a few new paper pieces, two with somewhat of a limited palette. The third piece was all about play, mark integrity, and connecting shapes. I used watercolor with colored pencil and a few flecks of iridescent watercolor. Recently I took a week and completely reorganized my studio and sorted all my supplies. Seeing the colored pencils together in this container makes me happy.
Do you remember this spring when I mentioned a new collaboration of which I'm taking part? I have added my most recent contribution, entry number 19, inspired from a drawing by Katherine Wheeler. I started with a flat pattern and soon abandoned that for gesture. I wanted to include the blue and repetitive marks, garnered from Katherine's piece, as well as triangular shapes. The piece became quite layered as I worked on it, and I did a bit of subtractive work, lifting pigment from the paper then painting back over it to create depth.
It's interesting to me to see what each artist gathers from the previous entry to inspire their response. You can follow along as the project progresses at opticalechoesproject.tumblr.com.
During our Santa Fe trip last month I finished a roll of film that sadly, had been in my camera since last summer. These summer shots are of our garden, about town, a nearby sunflower field, and an afternoon trail walk. I have loaded a new roll of film and hopefully it won't take me a year to shoot it.
In June we took a road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was such a fun vacation for us, with just the right mix of adventure, hiking, relaxing, sight seeing, and toodling about the town. We really enjoyed this hike at Tent Rocks National Monument. As you can see it was sunny and warm, so when walking through the narrow slot canyon the cooler temps in the shade were quite refreshing. In fact it was so cool that mounds of hail were still in tact from a storm a night or so before. We took our time on this hike looking up at the massive formations and even spotted petroglyphs in one weather protected area. Then view from the top was spectacular!