Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 variations on a daylily

Preparing to teach a workshop about sketching from nature and creating designs. Here is the original sketch in my journal and 5 design variations. The numbers indicate what order I drew the images. Drawing from nature helps me understand the object, and notice geometric shapes. Then when I simplify the image, I can rearrange the shapes into a pleasing design. As you can see, the designs get further away from the original as I progressed. By number 6, you could barely tell it was a daylily unless you saw it in context with the other drawings.

Over the weekend, I attended two concerts at Tanglewood Music Center that included pieces of music with variations on a theme, so that was on my mind as I drew last night.







Sunday, March 1, 2015


I've been doing some stitching lately. It slows me down. Mostly I've been stitching on handmade abaca papers (yes, made by me, years ago), teabags, and Asian papers layered in to add strength. Then I add postage stamps, buttons and small cut-offs from my watercolor work. I'll be posting some of my stitching over the next few days.

Bird House Series:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jeannie's 2014 art video

A little fun to wrap up the year and start a new one. Best wishes.