WIP – Chaos Leashed

I have a new WIP that I’m still working on.  I had to take a break to do a commission for someone but I’ll be back to this piece soon.

This one is called “Chaos Leashed” and is made up of nine 6″x6″ squares arranged in a grid.  There both an overall design and each square is unique, although I’m trying to keep a sense of organization through the use of color.  Basic lines are done and as you can tell by square 2, I’d already started adding color.  I’m pleased with how it’s coming along so far but I still need to figure out how and to what I’m going to mount these.

Chaos Leashed (full image) - WIP | Pen and watercolor on paper | Nine 6" x 5" pieces
Chaos Leashed (full image) – WIP | Pen and watercolor on paper | Nine 6″ x 5″ pieces

INKtober 2014 Wrap Up

So I decided to take part in INKtober this year and found that I really enjoyed the “formal” structure of doing an ink drawing a day.  Or at least attempting to do a drawing a day.  I ended up with 22 total pieces out of 31 days, which isn’t too bad.  I didn’t try to stick to a theme of any sort, although I did end up giving my aliens some personalities and having them enjoy the Halloween season.  I also decided I would try to do a map on Fridays, just for something different.  My mapping techniques are rough but I can definitely see improvement in some areas; it’s all about the practice.

So here are all 22 of my INKtober 2014 drawings, enjoy!

And the Stars, Like Grains of Sand

Another instance of not knowing where my titles come from.  The reference is to a Science Fiction classic (which I’ve oddly not read) by Samuel R. Delaney, Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand.  This is a merger between my Sun and Moon series and my Retro Circles series, plus it was rather fun to use such an unusual size at 6 x 18.

“And the Stars, Like Grains of Sand”
Watercolor and pen on paper, 6″ x 18″

And the Stars, like Grains of Sand | Watercolor and pen on paper | 6" x 18" | September 2014
And the Stars, like Grains of Sand | Watercolor and pen on paper | 6″ x 18″ | September 2014

Lady Sings the Blues (Retro Circles series)

Naming this piece was easy.  Sometimes I have trouble, sometimes the name just comes to me without a problem.

“Lady Sings the Blues”
Retro Circles series
Watercolor and pen on paper, 7.5″ x 9″

Lady Sings the Blues | Watercolor and pen on paper | 7.5" x 9" | September 2014
Lady Sings the Blues | Watercolor and pen on paper | 7.5″ x 9″ | September 2014

A Moment (Retro Circles series)

Another in the Retro Circles series (yes, I just decided on that name).

A Moment
Watercolor and pen on paper, 8″ x 6″

A Moment | Watercolor and pen on paper | 8" x 6" | September 2014
A Moment | Watercolor and pen on paper | 8″ x 6″ | September 2014

Order Escaped (Retro circles series)

The first of my abstract circles series for which I still don’t have a name for.  A friend said that it looked like retro geometry, which I kind of like.  Retro-circular?  That would work as a series title.

“Order Escaped”
Pen and watercolor on paper, 9″  x 12″

Order Escaped | Pen and watercolor on paper | 9" x 12" | September 2014
Order Escaped | Pen and watercolor on paper | 9″ x 12″ | September 2014

Postcard Swap #3 is done!

I’m taking part in the third Postcard Swap organized by Dawn Diamantopoulos again and my card is complete and mailed off as of yesterday.  I enjoy doing this a lot.  There’s a certain element of sending a piece of art off into the unknown, to someone I haven’t met, in a spirit of sharing.  It’s fun, daring, and kind of cathartic, all at the same time.

Sunflower Sunrise
Watercolor and pen on paper, Approximately 4″ x 6″

Sunflower Sunrise | Watercolor and pen on paper | 4" x 6" | August 2014 | Postcard Swap #3
Sunflower Sunrise | Watercolor and pen on paper | 4″ x 6″ | August 2014 | Postcard Swap #3

Sunrise (Sun and Moon series)

I think I have a thing for companion pieces.  This one goes with my earlier “Sunset” painting, for obvious reasons.  I changed it up a bit by placing the sun slightly off-center and changing the rays around.

“Sunrise”
Watercolor and pen on paper, 7.5″ x 9″

Sunrise | Watercolor and pen on paper | 7.5" x 9" | August 2014
Sunrise | Watercolor and pen on paper | 7.5″ x 9″ | August 2014