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Not Another Paint Brochure…!

Yes, I am afraid it is. But from a different manufacturer, so the paint names are different, too. It was a three-page folder – here it is all folded out.

Here it is one page at a time.

And, I must warn you, I have stacks of paint cards in various shades of white (I was trying to choose a shade to paint my kitchen cabinets), so there may be moreā€¦

Then and Now : Paint Brochure Version

You know how every so often I like to illustrate paint names. I create a little gallery from a paint brochure. As you may also know we have recently moved to a new house. Our kitchen cabinets are going to painted and white is the best color for the room (if I were simply picking a color I would choose pink but no one else sees it my way).

I picked up a white paint brochure, looked at the color names, and thought, Hmmm, these seem familiar…

I decided to illustrate these names again but without looking at the previous card. A few nights ago, I got to work. Here is the one I just did:

Here is the earlier one from fall, 2021:

Here they are side by side.

I think it’s interesting to see what the color names prompted me to draw then and now. Some are quite similar and others – no!

Pottstown Regional Public Library in pen and ink

If you follow my poetry blog you know I am on a quest to visit each public library in my county, Montgomery County, PA, USA. As part of that activity I take photos of the libraries.

In late December 2022 I visited the Pottstown (PA) Regional Public Library in Pottstown, PA. (Look here to see the post I wrote about this visit.)

I decided to draw the library building. It’s a former post office which has been the library’s home since the 1960’s. Here is a photo.

In my drawing I decided to leave out the sidewalk system and replace it with a small yard, as I think it would have been originally.

January, 2023, pen and ink in my 8″ x 8″ sketchbook.

Tiny Drawings from the end of 2022

Here is another paint brochure embellishment experience (as I am calling it today). It’s a simple process: I look at the paint name and I draw something that fits it, as best I can. I did this set in December, 2022. This time I was using grays into blacks for my color scheme.

You know something, I first made one of these brochure drawing sets in 2015. Look here if you want to see it, and search this blog under the term “brochure” to see others.

Since that time, I’ve returned to the form again and again. It is relaxing to do this activity. Try it yourself.

And, I need to say, this idea was not original with me. I credit my blog friend A Certain Line with it, and here is the post that started me off on this path. I’m grateful every time I do another one of these sets.

Limited Palette

On November 14 I attended another online art session sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. The theme was working with a limited color palette and was led by artist Maud Taber-Thomas. The artwork used as our inspiration was from a current exhibit Sargent and Spain.

The National Gallery of Art offers Virtual Studio every 2 weeks or so, and there are multiple sessions on each topic (which are free!) to fit your schedule, and you can attend multiple iterations. Sign up at virtualstudio@nga.gov – just send them an email asking to be put on the list for the newsletter.

Our focus was to copy aspects of several artworks by Sargent. After reviewing tonal gradients we got to work. I did two of the three artworks (the third was of gourds hanging in a lot of leaves and I just could not muster up enthusiasm for it, it seemed cluttered and visually too noisy for me).

I used India ink and acrylic inks.

The first artwork was Venetian Interior. (the link showing the actual work as it appears in the NGA exhibition – you might enjoy taking a look to compare it to what I did).

Here is my version in black and white tones.

The next artwork was Camprodon, Spain. I used the complementary colors of blue and orange (with some black and white).

I’m not a big fan of Sargent, and I really hate copying someone else’s work. I know that it’s a time-honored method of learning art principles, but that’s not where I am these days. However, I decided to put pen to paper and see what emerged. Every bit of drawing practice helps me get better at expressing things the way I want to.

Plus, I did enjoy learning more about Sargent’s body of work and imagining what it must have been like to tour Spain and its environs 130 years ago or so. I reminded myself that all the people he depicted are long dead, and yet here they are, looking out at me as if they would speak. I found that quite moving and a testament to the artist’s vision.

Moral of the story: there is always something to be learned even when your mind is made up not to, so.. lighten up and listen a bit. Art, like life, can surprise you.

At the coffee counter

I drew this scene from a photo I took at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, PA, at the coffee counter. The man on the right was a tall fellow, all right, but the counter is also a bit lower than normal, so he looks quite imposing.

Pens, glue, playing cards

I took some photos at the grocery store and chose this image as one I wanted to draw. I love the variety of items crammed in this small space and I enjoyed capturing their details.

Here is the original photo:

Here is my drawing. Pen and ink, 8″ x 8″. October 2022.

Out for the trash

I saw this beat-up chest of drawers next to the trash can, ready for pick-up, outside a building in Ardmore, PA, a few weeks ago. It was water-soaked at some time and its veneer was peeling. I hate to see a nice piece of furniture brought down to this condition. So I made this drawing of it so it could have one more moment of attention.