Thursday, December 13, 2012

Artist Trading Cards for December 15, 2012

So here are the fronts of the little booklet I made of the "Transitions" poem. I made a chop using Lumina Air Dry Polymer Clay. Still in the learning curve but I liked how they turned out. I used some favorite Daniel Smith watercolors: Moonglow, Rich Green Gold, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

Gary Panter's Drawing Tips

Check out the great website, The Oct. 1, 2012, posting has a list of drawing tips from the underground comic artist, Gary Panter, still going strong and giving back. Note to Self: I've also added the tips to my links of interest so that when this Post gets buried, you will be able to find it again.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Artists in Transition: December 2012


coming full circle
standing still

daring to breathe
in between

during the silence
of night

traveling light
no trains
to catch
to do

dating the page
pen poised
on the edge
of second sight

the colors
of age.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sapan Rinpoche, Ven. Lama Ngawang Kunga Thupten Gyaltsen

In celebration of the Transition of Kunga, who so loved Lyons, which he called "The Jewel of the Front Range."

The artist Soror S.L. dedicates the work, "Jewels within the Tree of Life: Da'ath Points and Fields of Influence."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gutterartfont True Type

True Type (Regular)
Designed by
Damaris OGutter

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Witness Marks and Gutterart Font


This month's ATC's were more of a process than a finished product. While on a trip recently, I was inspired by what I like to call "Gutter Art." From a long habit gained beach combing on many trips to Mexico, I tend to look down when walking, thinking I might find something interesting to add to my collection of flotsam and jetsam.

I noticed, while walking along the sidewalks of San Francisco, these wonderful, colorful markings of what I thought were purposeful and artistic graffiti. When I finally called them to TOR's attention, he explained that they were spray-painted "Witness Marks." Every time an employee inspects a drain gutter, he/she spray paints a color mark. As the years go by, and different colors are used by different inspectors , the patterns that remain become what to my eyes look like intricate and abstract "paintings."

I was struck by the red curb with stencil wording, next to various shades of cement gray, in combination with the color splotches in bright pinks, oranges, blues, greens, yellows, and reds. 

Using an eye dropper, I combined droplets of acrylic ink in puddles on large sheets of water color paper that I then covered over with another sheet of watercolor paper and used a brayer to mix and flatten the puddles. Finally, I blotted the still wet inks with water color post cards. The resulting patterns were then cut to ATC size (2 1/2" by 3 1/2"). Then I used these ATC's on top of the postcards on which I had made patterns of gray using my new sumi ink and sumi brushes. Here are a few of them on display.


For trading purposes, I made 20 regular ATC's and attached them to the larger post cards so that my friends could see the process. I also used my newly designed True Type Face Gutterartfont to describe the ATCs using a bright orange paper in honor of Halloween. 

NOTE: If anyone has ever wanted to design their own font, I highly recommend using simple tools and grids that can be found at I've added this site on this webblog to my "Links of Interest under the title: Design Your Own Font.

This month's blog is printed using Helvetica type face.