Duty Tours

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Duty Tours

I am often honored with crafting a memento for families, and this piece is an example.  The poem was written by a man whose family found this poem he’d written captured his enduring legacy.   Lettered in gouache in the blues and greens that they chose, this is a most simple piece that belies the work that goes into measuring, laying out text, choosing styles, and mixing paints.  A very gratifying ‘job’ this is! The movement of color throughout the piece is accomplished by adding a new color to the pen nib with a tiny brush just before it runs dry, allowing the colors to blend together as they are laid down on the paper....

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Muted Color Border

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Muted Color Border

Once the color palette was chosen for this award, and the layout was carefully plotted, I used a technique of adding drops of color to the pen with a tiny brush each time it began to run low of paint.   This allows the colors to blend in the pen and create a smooth transition of color within words. The thin lines on the border are created with a ruling pen, and the inner border line of color is painted with a tiny brush using the same colors as were used in the lettering, just further watered down.

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Blown Paint

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Blown Paint

The design on this painting is created by placing drops of gouache (opaque, water based paint) onto the paper and carefully blowing on the paint while wet to direct the color.  This technique, when used in a document like the pictured award, requires both freedom and control.   Working very quickly allows a blending of multiple colors to create a marbling effect in miniature – that’s one of the unexpected results!   Tiny raised gold leaf dots catch light and bring the piece to life.

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Jewel Tones Art Nouveau

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Jewel Tones Art Nouveau

It’s amazing how the introduction of color into lettering can make a piece sing!   The client here requested a jewel tone palette and gave me enough background information about the recipient to craft a piece of art that captures an aspect of her essence.

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Classic Style Certificate

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Classic Style Certificate

Gothic, Versal, and Uncial lettering styles in addition to elaborate illumination, raised gold leaf, and a tight ruling pen border combine here to serve the vision of a classical award, in keeping with the nature of the recipient.  I always work with clients to determine for whom the piece is to be created prior to making decisions about color, lettering styles and layout.   Time put in at the front end always pays off in the creation of truly one-of-a-kind art!

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Parchment Appearance

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Parchment Appearance

Multiple applications of watercolor wash picked up with tissue create the image of antique distressed parchment for this otherwise simple award.  A limited color palette and the application of raised gold leaf dots enhance the visual intent of the piece.

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