There’s two ways to look at this one.
This story without words was made on a marbled paper ghost print. The light blue and pink cotton candy swirl colors made me think of unicorns.
Dwelling is another painting in my stories without words series.
This one was painted on a square 14″ canvas and was created in acrylic and ink.
Here is what the painting looked like before the inking:
I liked the original canvas a lot just as it is, but I can’t help it – I see all the shapes and the contrast of the colors and lines, and I immediately want to ink them.
You might notice that the original doesn’t have a smudge in the sky, but the finished one does. That’s because I was painting something else yesterday nearby and it splashed – oops.
I actually like the smudge though, maybe it’s a moon.
One of the things I do love about these paintings though is there are so many little intricate stories and things to look at. You could get lost looking at paintings like these because there are so many different little details.
I have been really drawn to work with blue and orange a lot lately – the browns and burnt siennas too. They are contrasting complementary colors and one of my favorite combinations.
This one is one of my favorites in the series of stories without words.
If you look closely, you can sort of see the bicycle along with a poodle and a balloon and a bird. It reminds me of my husband for some reason. Maybe because he loves our dog like crazy and he also has a Haro BMX bike he got as a kid in the 80’s and still rides now.
This is another story without words I made recently, this one is called candles.
I almost didn’t want to draw on this print – it was so pretty before I started.
Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of technology, I can scan whatever art I make and then create fearlessly. Here’s a scan of the original before I added the story:
When I look at the originals so many shapes just jump out at me – it’s nice to think I could use the same exact print for a different story if I wanted, or even better – someone else could make up their own story.
Another thing I like about the scanned versions is they usually come out a little brighter – and of course you can change them in Photoshop if you like.