Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green

I have been thinking about green. Seattle, in general, is pretty green. Evergreens, the first national curbside recycling program, etc. But downtown seattle is less green. Particularly the part where I work, the edge of the International District and the Industrial District and the Stadium District. It's very interesting, there are always things going on. But it can be sorta grey. Grey sky, grey cement, a lot of grey or at least neutral colored buildings, grey water. I was thinking that it was a lot easier to deal with the frequent grey days when I lived on Vashon Island, where things were a lot more green. The water and sky were still often grey, but the roads and houses and tiny townlets were all surrounded by towering trees, many of them evergreens so they were green all year 'round. So on a rainy day, the overall feeling was one of verdant life. And in the woods you don't get as wet because there are all these trees between you and the sky. Today was a grey day, after a little run of sunny days, and I could feel the difference in my mood … and my bones. So I was thinking I might need to do some very-green paintings. Here's one from a few years ago:

Sherwood 8 x 10" watercolor

Sunday, April 13, 2014

More Little Paintings

I seem to be painting big paintings and little paintings recently - not much in between. The big paintings take so long that I guess it's a relief to work on the little ones. To finish something. And the subject matters are similar too. So I can experiment a bit with colors and things. So here are some little critters I have worked on fairly recently, and just listed on Etsy.

The little frames inspire me - they seem to call out for some elaborate little thing. I've been doing mostly monsters or creatures recently - but I think I may need to do some sea creatures soon. Perhaps still someone imaginary. I've recently gotten this book from the library: Sketching from the Imagination. And it's really good enough that i've added it to my wish list. If you like to draw things you half invented, I recommend it for inspiration.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

new coloring folio by megan noel

i started this project about a year ago. then it languished for a while. finally it is done and ready for you! original designs to color. I tried not too add too much insane detail, but enough to make it fun. this is ideal for adults but suitable for kids of all ages too. the paper is acid-free bright white card stock - sturdy to stand up to some serious art supplies - though personally i'd probably select colored pencil or markers. the folio is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. some peeks at the contents below:

Stories and Dreams - new zine from Megan Noel

well, news! i have some new goodies in my etsy shop. after a long hiatus, i have a new zine featuring recent pen and ink & pencil work. It's called stories and dreams and you can get it in my Etsy Shop. I also have reprints of a couple older zines, new Ale Monster prints, and a new coloring folio,all available on Etsy. Below are a few snippets from the new zine!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Just a reminder.. you can come see me & my artwork this coming weekend, April 5th, at Exterminator City, in Seattle. We'll be there from noon to 6 and I would love to meet you. I'll have zines, my new coloring folios, and some prints and original art! Speaking of original art… This is one of my most recent monster paintings. I do the watercolor first and then go back and add the ink embellishments. (Ok, maybe I got a little carried away.) This is part of a series, though I have not come up with a title for the series yet. He is available on Etsy.

And here is a peak at some art that will be in my new zine, Stories and Dreams, which is going to get printed tonight…

I hope you all had a creative weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And Some Monsters

I am still drawing and painting monsters. Not just the little ones, but bigger ones too. This is a snapshot of a detail from one that is 12 x 16". i need to properly scan it. I am thinking of making prints or posters with the image. What do you think?
I am working on several other monster paintings of large and medium sizes. I've got some more ideas, so we will see where this ends up going… Also, for those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know that I used to publish zines. I am reprinting 3 of my classic zines:
They will be available at Exterminator City in Seattle, April 5th. After that there will be some in my etsy shop. If your want to make sure you get one, you can always Email me. I will also have a NEW zine with recent work, and a NEW coloring folio available! Happy Creating!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Watercolors in the naiad color palette & Special Offer on Etsy

This was an experiment I did a few months ago where I limited myself to a specific color palette and created several paintings. Thinking back I think I used:
Indigo, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Turquoise, and a bit of flesh color on one of them. I also used some white ink and white colored pencils on some of them. I was really happy with the cool colors. I used one of them on my own holiday card - I wanted something that felt wintery without being overtly in support of one winter holiday over another!

A couple of these have some but two are still in my Etsy Shop.

In other news - Thru Sunday March 23rd, spend $75 or more in my etsy shop and mention this offer, & get a free unframed mini painting . ( I can also sell you a frame at cost if desired.) this will be a new mini, not one of ones already on etsy - though I can take requests for colors, etc. pass the word! The minis are ~3x3".