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illustration vs. 'fine art'
Posted January 11th, 2012 - 5:10 pm by from Anchorage, United States (Permalink)
Hey, guys:

I had hoped that there might be more activity here—SWIMME, where are you? Maybe we're all too busy being artists, checking and posting on 50+ Travelers, having a 'real' life. . . . Love to hear from some of you.

I just finished a raven series, black pastel on black paper, underpainted with gouache. I ended up looking like a coal miner at the end of a session, from all the black smudges on my face, but I'm excited about the trio of pictures. I'm trying to find a style suitable for possibly creating a children's picture book: a bold size, quick execution, interesting point-of-view. Whatever these pictures are for, they were fun to do.

Has anyone else done illustration? Do you find your illustration style is different? Are there categories you put your art into, such as 'fine' vs. 'commercial'. Are you writing your own stories or working with a writer?


Posted April 24th, 2012 - 5:33 pm by from Victoria, Canada (Permalink)
i just found this site and its sub sites.... Hi neighbour, i am just south of you in b.c. Most of my life i have been a textile artist, but have been painting in watercolours for the past few years, and have decided i am an illustrator.I have been teaching course in Illustrated journals, and have a couple posted online in blogs.take a look.
I have travelled widely, and will continue to do so. i joined this group (50+) because there is no real 70+ posters.... would like to see some of your work

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 10:45 pm by from Cortes Island, Canada (Permalink)
Scribbeling in my scetchbook while travelling and actually making paintings out of them upon return....they start to look like illustrations to me but of the surealistic kind.Not sure what to do with them yet...I am a sculpturer but that is to hard to do on the road

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 10:49 pm by from Cortes Island, Canada (Permalink)
P/S Sodabear...Love your work.....

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 11:08 pm by from Anchorage, United States (Permalink)
Dear Sodabear:
Lively, loose watercolor. Here's my website so you might see my work, if you wish: http://www.jocelynpaine.com/ I have it in mind to do children's book illustrations and maybe also the text someday. I like the way you integrate and make a design element out of your words. I have a series of watercolor vegetables made for my Community Supported Agriculture farm; they are on the web site. I usually work in pastels and love them.

Hey, Meinsje:
I see that you are going to Argentina, when I clicked on your profile. My heart lives there! As an Argentine tango dancer, I never manage to tear myself away and go anywhere else, with my limited travel funds. I have a Buenos Aires-themed pastel art show opening next month at Anchorage's El Tango Restaurant, and I'll be dancing tango there every Saturday while it is up.

Glad that someone's active on this site, finally. We're all too busy painting, sculpting, etc., I guess.


Posted April 27th, 2012 - 12:30 am by from Cortes Island, Canada (Permalink)
And i am so glad to hear from you!
What town does the show take place?
The tango...wow i would love to learn it .....I was on my way to Argentina but got stuck(in a great way) in Peru
My plan is to go there next year ,i love south american culture
have a wonderfulshow,and lets try to keep in touch !!!
Between day job and art , and travell.....yes busy lives..

Posted April 27th, 2012 - 12:31 am by from Cortes Island, Canada (Permalink)
i find that sometimes the messages do not get to the right place ..one way or the other..did you recieve my stary about Anna?

Posted April 30th, 2012 - 1:18 am by from Anchorage, United States (Permalink)
Hello, Meinsje:

I've been recovering from a feverish cold, so off-line a few days. The tango show/art opening/event will be here in Anchorage, Alaska. We don't have tango here that is close enough to what I ended up being able to dance in Buenos Aires after several years of study and visiting there for a couple of months at a time, so I don't dance here. The local group is very very small. But I have an adequate partner for the event and we're practicing, not as much as he'd like, sort of like every day!, and a bit more than I'd like to be a 'crash-test dummy', which is a couple of times a week or so.

I didn't get any 'stary' but I think you mean story, about Anna?

If you want to send it again, please do so. While ill I wrote about 18th C. pastellist Rosalba Carriera (Venice, 1673-1857) for The Pastel Journal. I did waaay too much research because I couldn't stop reading about this independent, successful, innovative artist, a woman who accomplished so much in her time regardless of the fact that women's lives were still so restricted. She was blind for the last seven years of her life, but she set the tone for the Rococo artistic milieu.

A little tired, still, from being ill. Must end now. So nice to chat about dance and art!