Seeing the Blood Wolf Moon eclipse a few weeks ago inspired me to paint these two watercolors. It also inspired me to revisit my notes from a terrific watercolor class I took from David Rankin in 2017. I took extensive videos of him painting washes, wet on wet, using capillary blooms and laying down broken edge brush strokes and applied these techniques on these compositions the best I could. It was a really fun painting session.
I was recently reminded of a sweet song, "Painting Box", written by Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band, a 1960's psychedelic folk group. I decided to illustrate it and was happy with the result which is more decorative than my normal style. I used both watercolors and some new colored fine-liner pens I recently purchased, which were fun to play with. If you'd like to send one to your sweetie for Valentine's Day card, you can order them in my shop.
In other news, I was just juried into my 2nd crafts show. The 8th annual Craft Marketplace will be held at the historic Pennypacker Mill, in Schwenksville, PA, just north of Philadelphia, on September 21st from 9:30 to 3:30 pm. Over 80 craftspeople and 1200 visitors are expected to attend. For more information, go to http://www.friendsppm.org/craft-marketplace.html.
Some cool things have happened since I wrote last month:
1. I am thrilled to announce that I have been juried into the 13th annual 100% Handcrafted juried arts and crafts fair at Robbinsville High School (NJ), which I understand is one of the best inside crafts shows held in this area. Over 100 artisans, whose specialties include pottery, jewelry, botanicals, wood, paper, textiles, photography, metal, candles, soap and gourmet food products, will showcase their work in the high school's beautiful skylighted commons and gym. Admission is FREE and all proceeds benefit the Robbinsville High School theater and instrumental music programs.
If you are in the area and would like to join us, our events will be posted, starting in early February, at https://princetonlibrary.org/events/
The sketch below was made while the Princeton Sketchers visited the Princeton Art Museum this month. It combines designs from several different pieces of Greek pottery that are part of their permanent collection.