Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sarah Emma Edmonds II: Transformation, Step 7

My focus at the moment is on making the left third of the woods dark, threatening -- almost the sense of having been scorched by fire. To that end I've started adding some black to the trunks and limbs I want to have appear the darkest. This portion will be representative of Sarah Emma's childhood, dominated by a father who clearly resented the fact that she had been born female rather than male, and characterized by her constant frustration and bitterness at never being able to win his approval.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sarah Emma Edmonds II: Transformation, Step 6

A few more changes have taken place; I've started adding more Tuscan Red and Indigo Blue to the upper left trees, and some color to the figure in the small inset on the lower left. I've also begun adding a border of wormwood to that inset. I'm starting to get in the "flow", now. Working on it was sometimes a struggle, up to now, but I've got a clearer idea of what I'm trying to do so now I'm getting more excited about working on it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sarah Emma Edmonds II: Transformation, Step 5

Not a lot new to show; I just want to get back in the habit of posting on a more regular basis. I have started laying in the center section trees. I also spent a lot of time studying the image and deciding what to insert in the box shape in the lower middle section, as well as what might go into a similar shape in the lower far right section. I'm hoping to have more time to work on this piece this afternoon.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Emma Edmonds II: Transformation, Step 4

Finally had a chance to make a little progress with this. I think I've figured out how I want to handle the addition of the superimposed images that aren't part of the woods, but that perhaps tell more of a story about Emma's transition. I've started to indicate the first of three images in a "frame" in the lower left. We'll see how this goes! (In other words: we'll see if I continue to like this plan!)
In other news: yesterday I made the happy discovery that Sarah Emma Edmonds I: Departure (show title, Departure), a piece whose progress I posted on this blog when I began it a year ago, has been accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's online exhibition, Explore This! 7. The exhibition can be viewed on their website,, beginning February 1 and running through January 31, 2012. Though I don't always submit entries to this show -- which stipulates that the artist must use colored pencil in combination with another medium or non-colored pencil element -- this is the first time I've had a piece accepted into this exhibition. I'm quite excited about this opportunity!
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