I've started a new journal -- about chairs. Chairs we spend time in can become good friends, and many of them play a role in our lives. This chair nurtured my musings about drawing and painting when I was a resident artist at the Ragdale Foundation in Chicago a few years ago. I'll be telling its story, along with that of 15 other chairs I have known and loved, in this new "Chair Journal."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I have used store-bought journals for my sketches for years, but they've always fallen short of what I really wanted, which was to be able to bind pages with a single theme together. Last year I started taking book-binding workshops so I could do this. Here is a selection of my handmade journals to-date. Where I learned to do this was at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where I teach Illustrated Journaling.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Watercolor is the medium I use most often for my illustrated journals and for painting "en plein air" -- that is, painting outdoors -- but often I want to paint in a less delicate, more robust style. Lately, what does that for me is gouache, an opaque watercolor. Here's a little scene along Minnesota's Gunflint Trail, created in gouache on museum board.