Rain #1

 

rain_1

 

Here’s the latest. I’ve got five of these now, with more to come. I’ve really been enjoying making these and it has given me a chance to really experiment with shapes and colors, which has been great. I can test out ideas for use later in other mediums and also just have some fun seeing what I end up with. This has also helped offer me some more discipline where I’m regularly creating new work. My thought is to try and come up with about five of these a week for the next few months and see how well it goes. I can always scale that back if things get busy or it ends up being too ambitious.  

Feathers

 

feathers 8-30

 

Yesterday morning I was spending some time on a drawing before I had to go to work. I’d noticed that there was some occasional crashing around in the trees outside, but assumed it was just lively squirrels running around. Then Bryn came in and told me there was a crane! I had thought that it seemed like some really heavy squirrels based on the amount of noise. It took a bit of patient watching, but I did end up seeing the crane gliding from one branch to another, although I couldn’t tell where it flew from and where it landed. If was just a flash of huge wings in the trees.

 

This morning I went out in the greenbelt to look around and see if he/she had left any feathers. I found one largeish dark grey/black feather that it may have left. Or it was from a raven or a really big crow. And then I also found the smaller feather that has an orangeish tint to it. Not sure what type of bird, but I recognize seeing these feathers on Karuk items when I was researching in the NMAI collections. Pretty cool!

Fundraising

 

four frames

 

So I’ve been on a roll with these latest color pencil drawings. And then I also had a brainstorm that I could offer them in exchange for donations to see if I can raise enough money to go the American Indian Artists Symposium in a couple of weeks at the Montana Artist Refuge. Worst case scenario, I don’t get to go, but I still have a lot of fun making art. I can’t lose!

 

So… for every $50 donated towards my fund (antcallaway@msn.com at PayPal) I will mail an original 8”x8” framed artwork out to the donor. Normally I would retail these for $125, so it is definitely a deal! We’ll see how it goes, and in the meantime, I’m still drawing.

This is becoming a trend…

 

Acorn Harvest

 

Here’s another one I just finished. Even though I got an earlier start on this one, I’m still finishing it up at 1am. I’m rather enjoying making these and although I might start out with an idea in mind, the design just sort of emerges and I have to follow along with it to see where it will go. I’m sure a lot of people would think they look like quilts, but that is completely unintentional. These pictures I’ve been posting are just low quality ones from my phone, so they aren’t completely doing them justice. But I’m excited and would rather share them than just let them sit on my desk. 

Late Night Creation

 

Basket for Karen

 

I couldn’t sleep last night after I went to bed, so I got up and ended up making this. It’s been a while since I’ve made anything new what with moving and work. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and working on ideas for larger projects, but it felt really good to just spend a couple of hours making something and then be finished. I call this one Basket for Karen and it is color pencil and graphite on an 8”x8” piece of paper, although the drawing is just a little larger than 5”x5”. Looking forward to creating more of these small scale works!