Saturday, May 09, 2009

Original Art Archive Completion

Here is the remainder of my works that I photographed recently with my new camera to record for my original art archives. I thought that I would post them on my blog for you to look at.

The first is called "Lilacs" and I painted this watercolor and India ink in high school (click to enlarge).

I recall not being particularly impressed with it at the time, but looking back I am amazed at the tiny gradients that I accomplished in the vase. It was all done freehand and I know that I could not reproduce this effect right now. I just had that fine analytical touch that later served me very well in the lab.

The next one is "Neral Images" and is a pen and India ink contour drawing of my first Siamese cat, a Lynx point that I named after a fragrant straight chain organic chemical (an aldehyde), Neral, that I did in 1984. (I only knew about Neral, the chemical, because I studied it as component of an alarm pheromone of Achanthomyops claviger in college, an amber ant that my professor and I collected.)

When I met Sean and moved in with him he had all of these great art supplies because he was an architect. I was over the moon, I was so happy. He told me to help myself and I did. He had two tables in his home office, one for drafting and one for working. I used the drafting table for my artwork. I quickly absconded with his rapidograph pens. He had tons of paper for them, but eventually I used this up and had to buy more.

Then, in a prophetic move, I discovered pointillism. My first efforts were both in color and in black and white. Here is an early color effort of a frog that I gave up on when I became bored.

Here is a red and white bubble eye stargazing goldfish from the April 1973 issue of National Geographic Magazine that featured an article on goldfish done in Pentel color pens, followed by the cover of the magazine.

Unfortunately, I know from experience that the reddish and orange colors will fade when exposed to sunlight.

Here is a self portrait done in India ink. I used a mirror to accomplish this work.

Finally, here are two red and white bubble eye stargazing goldfish from National Geographic Magazine done in watercolor and pen and India ink. I wish I had dated this and signed it because it is a beautiful work and I would love to know when I did it. Do enlarge it to see the details. The colors are beautiful.

These are all of the works that I will include when I do a show in the fall or winter. I am going to have to do plenty of framing before then! Any ideas on how to do framing on the cheap???


Thonnibg said...

These are amazing works!!My favorites are the Lilacs and the Self Portrait.

Sue said...

Thanks Toni!

DamienNZ said...

Here here - i love the colors in the two goldfish.


YvesPaul said...

They are all so beautiful, I especially like your self-portrait.

Sue said...

Thanks Damien and Paul!

Anonymous said...

I do like your artwork. I love the detail and I can see you put a lot of time and effort into your work. Well done.

Anonymous said...

A art show. HOw exciting Sue.
Im no artiste but Im sure you
could pick up some of those brushed
metal frames for fairly cheap at
some big box store.

I was at a artshow this weekend
and there was this one artist
who painted in the Oriental style.
Fish, bamboo etc and I thought of you. I thought you would really
like these works. He worked in water colour and was doing quite well. He sold them framed or unframed and you saved quite a bit if you went the unframed which lots
of people seemed to be doing

Your Prairie Friend Jim

Sue said...

Jim, How are the unframed exhibited? Are they behind glass or plastic at all? Or are they in a folder on an eisel?

Thanks for the comments!

Anonymous said...

They were behind plastic and some were framed but he would unframe them for you. He had those brushed
metal frames which I know are really reasonable. I hae seen them
at that big box store we all know the name of.
He didnt have easels but a large
peg board with pegs. He had about 4 large peg boards and they had supports in the back and the pictures sat on the pegs.
Thinkin of it many artists there
seemed to have that way of showing
and this was outside.
Some had them hung on large pieces
of wood etc on I suppose picture hangers. Almost all had prices as such 100 bucks framed 75 unframed
or whatever.
Alot also offered to mail them if it was tourists as Im right now in a tourist town (Vancouver) and you
dont have to space to bring them back yourself. So if you have that issue you can offer that service for a cost of course. :)

Rob Bartell said...

SUE -- who knew??? Or am I just typically out of the loop in this great big wide world? (Don't answer..haha.)

Your work is wonderful -- so graceful and delicate, yet confident at the same time.

Very, very nice!

Sue said...

Jim - thanks for your information! It is very helpful and I will probably use the ready made frames, peg board and mainling ideas which I did not know about.

Rob - Thanks for the compliments which mean so much coming from an artist. :)