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San Jose, California, United States
Some paintings far surpass my expectations and some are scary awful, but it's always fun.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Letter Z

I was thinking about illuminated manuscripts and wanted to do a lighter take on a letter. In this case,"Z" doesn't stand for anything-it's just an ornamented letter. My drawing was all done freehand out of my head-no reference photos, so some of the critters are a bit distorted. I like the pale aqua bubbles and the sinuous kelp. I experimented by using gum arabic with the paints in place of water. It gave the painting a slightly glossy finish. I have some ideas to do some other letters-but they'll have to wait until I return from Europe!