“Atticus Lamb”, mixed media copyright 2015 Kerry McFall, photo credit John Churchman
This is the third in my series of Lamb Portraits based on John Churchman’s photographs. The first one was an experiment (see thumbnail below), the second a “proof of concept” (see “Cuter Than A Speckled Pup“), and this one is my favorite so far. More lambs arrive almost weekly on John’s farm in Vermont, so this week I’ll try to finish #4 in the series!
“Sweet Pea”, mixed media copyright 2015 by Kerry McFall, photo credit to John Churchman
Atticus was done using a quick pencil placement sketch, ink, watercolor, china marker, and gel pens. The quilt border features the traditional quilt pattern “Friendship Star”, which I have always loved – it seemed particularly fitting since John’s “Sweet Pea and Friends” Facebook page and upcoming children’s book has developed so many friends and fans!
The cover – a print of a sketch I made a couple of years ago.
The “brainstorming” page…
An experiment with translucent paper
A few prints bordered by “digital quilts”
Thinking about borders…
Doodling new border designs
Playing with the moon
Experimeneting with cutouts
Out of time…
…so I trimmed the last two pages WAY down!
The Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library is a marvelous concept – check it out http://www.sketchbookproject.com/. My finished sketchbook is definitely the rough product of a fun learning process – I used it to explore one of my favorite techniques, which is bordering my sketches. Some of the books I saw last spring at the Brooklyn Art Library were anything but rough, but when I started this book I didn’t have the bandwidth or the studio space to do what so many artists did, which was to completely reconstruct the book using fancy papers, fabric, etc. So I decided to treat it like a “real” sketchbook, where I doodle and think and write. And the best part is – it’s done! And mailed! Feels like quite an accomplishment! Watch for it when the Sketchbook Project comes to a town near you!
Hens are fascinating to watch, and I’m sure that if you took your blood pressure before and after a few minutes watching them peck at bits of gravel or work their way through a patch of garden, you’d see a much lower reading afterwards. I like the contrast between the sculpture in the pot, all smooth curves and simplified to icon form, and the real hens, resplendent in fluff and feathers and flowing lines.
The sketch inspired several “quiltie” borders that don’t really go with this piece, but I do like them so I’ll post them and let them simmer…