Studio Update: Virtues Project: September 2021

Starting September with 15 Virtues Project pictures in progress – including the 1st picture that I have chosen to re-do. Please see new works in progress below:

Creativity: Organic Knot /Sepia ink background / Brown border / Navy & Berry ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Creativity, work in progress, sepia ink base, started 7/31/21

Determination: Knot / Black ink background / Black border / Orange, Blue & Purple ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Determination, work in progress, black ink base, started 8/4/21

Dignity: Organic Knot / Black ink background / Black border / Orange, Berry & Teal ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Dignity, work in progress, black ink base, started 8/21/21

Encouragement: Organic & Regular Knot / Sepia ink background / Brown border / Red & Lilac ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Encouragement, work in progress, sepia ink base, started 9/4/21

I have been trying to figure out how to finish these pictures – as I think that they need something “more” to call them completed. Thankfully, my partner had an interesting – although quite unexpected – suggestion: why not use a Spriograph? Check out Basil below showing off the Spirogrpah kit we found online:

First, I had to try out the designs… I think for this project, less is more as some of the more complicated designs would be much to difficult to incorporate them into the works in progress:

Test of Spirograph designs

Then, a small test to combine the two ideas:

I think there is something here – the idea would be to “lift” the pen when the design comes into contact with the ink washes, the solution may be to use retractable pens for this purpose as the Spirograph is finicky and the slightest wrong move could through the design off.

This may require a lot more practice 🙂

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Studio Update: Virtues Project: August 2021

It’s been an incredibly productive couple of weeks – I now have 12 pictures from the Virtues Project currently in progress:

Compassion: Knot, blue wash with berry and navy ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Compassion, work in progress, blue ink base, started 7/3/21

Confidence: Knot, redwash with navy, orange and lilac ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Confidence, work in progress, red ink base, started 7/5/21

Contentment: Knot, sepiawash with brown, berry and navy ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Contentment, work in progress, sepia ink base, started 7/10/21

Cooperation: Knot, blue wash with black, orange and blue ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Cooperation, work in progress, blue ink base, started 7/17/21

Courage: Knot, red wash with red, orange and lilac ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Courage, work in progress, blue ink base, started 7/19/21

Courtesy: organic Knot, black wash with berry and aqua ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Courtesy, work in progress, blue ink base, started 7/24/21

I have new tools arriving – hopefully this week – that I am hoping will help me complete these pictures, so excited to experiment and share new pics soon!

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Studio Update: Virtues Project: July 2021

The Virtues Project is officially underway – as of July 4th, 2021, five pictures are currently in progress!

There is still a lot to complete and to determine how to finish these pictures, but significant progress has been made in a very short time. Please see timeline and work in progress pictures below:

Acceptance continues my experiment with a more “organic” Knot look as well as testing out sepia ink washes. Primary colors are sepia, brown and berry:

©2021, Jenn White, Acceptance, work in progress, sepia ink base, started 6/13/21

Authenticity: organic Knot, sepia wash with brown, berry and navy ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Authenticity, work in progress, sepia ink base, started 6/19/21

Caring: organic Knot, black ink wash, berry, navy and slate gray ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Caring, work in progress, black ink base, started 6/23/21

Commitment: traditional Knot, black ink wash, red and black ink:

©2021, Jenn White, Commitment, work in progress, black ink base, started 6/23/21

Compassion: blue ink wash

©2021, Jenn White, Compassion, work in progress, blue ink base, started 7/3/21

I have decided to experiment with color inks for this project and in addition to my usual black ink washes, I have added sepia, blue and (upcoming) red inks washes and additional complementary colors. I have been taking full advantage of this long holiday weekend and will be uploading more work in progress pics soon!

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Studio Update: June 2021

It’s been a great couple of weeks – I think I have finally hit on an idea that I am extremely excited about and feel confident that this will add an interesting element to the Virtues Project.

I stumbled across an idea that I had abandoned after graduating from college while flipping though a sketchbook from that time and thought that this could be adapted into something that could incorporate the ideas that I had been working with for the past couple of years and push them into a fun, new direction:

So I tried a couple of different approaches, using some paper scraps from the Pismo Series that are approximately 9.5×22 inches:

Ultimately, I couldn’t resist trying this idea out on a 22×22 inch piece of paper – I like the idea… just wasn’t sure what to do with it:

I thought maybe adding a ink layer would help out a bit and found a irrigation tool that would be perfect and tested it on a couple of 9.5×22 sheets of paper:

I thought outlining the ink would make it more exciting and add some dimension:

I am extremely excited about the direction that this piece is going in, I know it need something more… so I’ve added it to the studio wall and am patiently waiting for some inspiration on how to finish this. I do have to say that I have been continuing to experiment with the Aquash Water Brushes and think that this may be a possible solution in regards to next steps. Also, I received some feedback on the White Rooster Studio Facebook page when I posted this work in progress pic and added some blue to the picture (thank you!!)… for a long time I shied away from adding color as I had quite a lot of failures a couple of years ago… but I like how this is coming out and am encouraged to give color another try 🙂

I suppose it is no surprise that I couldn’t resist trying this idea out on a 20×20 sheet of paper… I should mention that the “smiley” face in the bottom center circle was completely unintentional:

On this one, I tried to let the ink dictate the shapes and even incorporated some of the ink blotches into the circles:

I had the opportunity to work on this one outside for the first time this season… Honestly, can’t think of a better “studio” to be working in:

A couple of days ago, I was thinking on how I can “spice” this idea up even more and I thought of using sepia ink and even found some great drawing pens with brown ink. This could allow the project to evolve even more and allow for more colors to be added, so I am extremely impatient to try this idea out… just have to wait for the delivery!

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Studio Update: Play

I have been having some difficulty with my new project: lots of stops, starts, changing direction… changing size, do I use the water brushes or not? How about ink layers? UGH…

I haven’t really liked many of my experiments these past couple of weeks, which has resulted in too much time spent overthinking, over planning and not enough time playing.

Inevitably, I ended up overworking a picture two weeks ago, but managed to save the part that I thought was working for future ideas:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I tried out some new shapes and used a combination of the water brushes and the Sharpies and I believe that this has something interesting going for it, so I tried a different approach last week and am really enjoying the results:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I did stop at this point and added this to the studio wall for the time being. There is a idea that is slowly developing on how to finish this picture, but in the meantime, I wanted to move onto some other new ideas until the solution was more concrete in my head. Kind of looks like a snowflake right now, so maybe just adding some ink layers behind it would make it “pop” and give it a more finished look.

In 2017 I completed a picture called Totem (see below) that consisted of four 4×4 squares that I thought had some series potential, but really hadn’t managed to get around to exploring it and shelved the idea. That is, until yesterday.

@2017, Jenn White, Totem #1

I had been trying to use up some leftover paper and wanted to challenge myself when I started playing with a 9.5×22 piece of scrap paper and ended up thinking about Totem:

@2021, Jenn White, Totem test

The idea is to “layer” the shapes, trying to give them a new look and maybe a new dimension. So far, I like way this is developing. Now back to playing 🙂

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