Merry Christmas, Saint Louis!


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The Crusader Bible, currently on view at the Blanton Museum of Art, features 13th century French gothic manuscripts, as well as armor and manuscript making materials.  The exhibit runs til April 3rd, 2016.

I had the chance to spend some time at the exhibit this week and have been absolutely amazed at the fine details in the pictures!  I used images from medieval manuscripts as inspiration for this hand-drawn nativity. Cutting out several images from colored copies, I composed a scene full of characters.

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These pictures are from the Crusader Bible, attributed to the court of King Louis IX.  Quickly, the composition became crowded! Then I tried to add a banner with ‘Merry Christmas’ in French.

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It was a lot harder to draw these tiny little figures than I thought!

Some shiny gold leaf gave it a festive look…

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I wish you all a blessed and safe Christmas season and a Happy New Year!  ~Scarlett
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Candy Corn Queen 2015


DSCF3879The 6th Annual Candy Corn Queen is here!

This year’s Candy Corn Queen is based on Star Wars’ character, Amidala, Queen of Naboo.  I used ZIG Millenium pens and Coptic markers to create this drawing.  Hope you’re having a blessed autumn season. Thanks for stopping by to look at my art!  ~ScarlettDSCF3901 DSCF3893

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Track on the player: “Across the Stars” by John Williams.

Facebook Drawings


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I post a lot of drawings on Facebook.

No planning, erasing, correcting, or changing. Just sketch+post.
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You can, too.  Forget what anyone else thinks.  Who cares?

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I used to get discouraged and think you had to go to art school to be an artist.

But you don’t.

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Drawing doesn’t even take much time if your drawings are small.IMG_20140408_181734

If you decided sometime in the past that you can’t draw, that’s ok.  I’m not a great artist by any stretch, but I still draw.  Why not?DSCF2448

Some of my drawings are rough ideas and I try to get them drawn quickly before I forget them.
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Get a pencil and some paper.  Draw whatever comes to mind.  It’s fun and reduces stress.

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It can help you communicate without words.
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When you start feeling like your drawings are not good enough, take a trip to a contemporary art gallery.  There are sure to be some pieces you don’t like.  

Let the realization hit you: It’s not possible for everyone to like your stuff.

Then draw in that freedom.

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Here’s my drawing of Facebook on Facebook

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What would yours look like?

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Linoleum Block Icon Print

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There’s an Icon exhibit coming up at a nearby church I’ve been visiting.  I decided to turn this drawing into a stamp.

And then, just as I was about to start, I remembered how easily the last stamp split and cracked after a few uses.

So I decided to carve it into a linoleum block. I traced the drawing *(reduced by 50%) onto the block using red transfer paper and a stylus…

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Ready to carve…
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I carefully carved along the lines with the second smallest cutter tip I had. My set is the standard Speedball set you find at craft stores.  I also used Speedball brayer and printing inks.

 

Will I ever learn!?

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I tried this aged parchment first, but it was too bumpy for a clear print…


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The first printing was not clear, so I kept trying on different papers.

Yes, I really do my art in the kitchen, as you see here. No studio (yet).

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Hope you’re having a good week, I’m off to the store to buy more band-aids.  ~Scarlettmadonna of the owl print