Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dahoon Holly Sprig


Dahoon Holly Sprig
Originally uploaded by PJBee
I love this time of year when the Holly trees sport their fruit. I discovered this variety of Ilex right outside my door, after I read Elizabeth Smith's Dahoon post.

The pen illustration with watercolor shadows of the sprig was done as a demo for my last workshop at Coastal Art Supply.  I used Canson Edition paper. It's become a favorite of mine.

I let the illustration hang around in my studio for a couple of weeks. I like the meditative process of finishing a page. I find, after a fashion, a line of communication opens between me and the initial sketch. Last Sunday, I laid in the watercolor on the leaves and berries. Monday, I played with the lettering on a tracing paper overlay. I used watercolor pencils for the calligraphy. Yesterday the final piece of the design puzzle came into place..... I added information about the tree and treated it as a border. Done!

The joy of discovery is captured forever in my heart :)




9 comments:

  1. Simply gorgeous and so festive. Your Joy comes through loud and clear.

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  2. Beautiful work! I'm glad to learn how you do your lettering when you're not sure with the overlay! I never would have thought of that - would have just plunged in with the writing and it could have gone off to the sides or been oddly placed. You can tell I don't journal much and have a hit or miss way of doing it when I do :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Thank you, Clair, Rhonda and Laure!! May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  4. Your talent never fails to amaze me...I feel so blessed the same blood runs in our veins. Your work is complex and multi~planed and that you have the patience to take your art through the process(es) to reach what you see in your mind's eye is inspiring...Missing you, the farm, and G & G so very much today...I remember when I was young and you were off at school/traveling and thinking "She'll be home for the holidays!" and being so excited to see you work at your big table in the upstairs room that had such great afternoon light...That room had great lighting, didn't it? A light that can never be replaced. xo xo

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  5. Ah, sweet one.... thank you so for your loving words. I, too, was missing the family days gone by. The 'North Room' - I soooo loved creating in that space. The 2 huge windows for north light.... but it was the little window on the west side that made the room golden in the afternoon. A combo that draws me in to this day. And, I must say, makes me late at dinner prep all the time! Every place we've lived, I always looked for a home with that quality. Still, the North Room was the best.... in soooo many ways :)

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  6. Some things/places we will just never forget, ever....xo

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  7. How beautiful! And I feel so honored I was able to be part of your discovery! I love what you created and that graceful calligraghy. Your workshop participants must have been in awe of your watercolor talent as well. :)

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  8. Thank you, Elizabeth. I love your journal pages. They show your heart & soul!

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