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May 17, 2010

Every Day in May - 17

I made these 3 bears for my children when they were babies and they are well worn.  I forgot that I had them until this weekend when I was looking for a dress I made for my daughter to see if her daughter could wear it (Sydney is too tall) and found the bears.  I gave Sydney the one from her Mom and will deliver the boys' bears to them so their children can play with them. 

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May 16, 2010

Every Day in May - 16

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new fashion exhibit called the American Woman.  It was crowded, and I sketched two garments quickly and then painted them at home - mostly from memory.  The whitish stripe down the center of the page is from Photoshop removal of the gutter between the two pages. 

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May 14, 2010

Every Day in May - 14

I finally finished the book inspired by Gwen Diehn's book on Darwin.  Hers was really small.  The ones that our Journal Study Group made are 3" X 5". 

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Here is the cover of mine.

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This book has two concertinas, one that makes up the spine and end papers of the book and a second one that makes the pages.  The concertinas are stitched together with a 3 hole pamphlet stitch.  The spine of the book is then held closed with one stick which goes through 3 tabs - two on the front cover and one on the back.

These are the pages that I created using stamps I made from figures I sketched at the Society of Illustrators figure drawing sessions this spring. 

End paper on the left and page 1:

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Pages 2 and 3:

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Pages 4 and 5:

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Pages 6 and 7:

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Page 8 and End Paper:

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When the stick is removed, the spine can be opened to reveal a hidden image.  This is a stamp that I made from my painting of mother and child - inspired by a Henry Moore sculpture.

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May 13, 2010

Every Day in May - 13

Another Stamp of the Pregnant Model: 

I made yet another stamp from one of my drawings of the pregnant model at the Society of Illustrators Figure Drawing Sessions.  I was wondering whether I could paint the page with watercolor and then have the stamp ink completely cover the paint.

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May 11, 2010

Every Day in May - 11

Yesterday I went shopping with a very nice Mother's Day gift card.  I replenished some supplies, extended colors in some watercolor paints, and bought one new toy.  Since I have a lovely set of Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils that I bought from open stock over several years, I'm not sure how I will use these - but it is fun to play.  And I'm sure my grand daughter Sydney will help me.  I'd love to hear how others, who use both watercolor paint and pencils, use the crayons....

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