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Chandler O'Leary  Photo/sketchbook/studio feed for Drawn the Road Again, an illustrated travel blog by Chandler O'Leary. Have sketchbook, will travel.


I'm no videographer, but here's a quick composite of the rest of the process. Layer by layer, the image builds as a series of washes and blends. I'll be sharing a bit more of my process tomorrow at the @univpugetsound Collins Library, at an artist talk featuring several folks with work in the Northwest Musings show. If you're interested, the group talk runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, in basement room 020 of the UPS Library. See you there! (I'll be the one with paint on my fingers.) .
#process #studio #watercolor #localconditions #artistbook #tacoma

It's the longest day of the year, which will give me just enough daylight to finish this batch of prints, one of the trickier scenes of the 120 hand-painted letterpress images in my #LocalConditions artist book. To create the effect of fog rolling in I have to work fast and juggle two brushes, blending the colors before any paint has the chance to dry. There are 31 copies in the limited edition, plus 5 or 6 extras for oops-buffer, so the tricky bits get easier as I go along and practice on the fly. You can see a finished copy of the book at the @univpugetsound Collins Library thru July 28, as part of the Northwest Musings group exhibition.
#process #studio #letterpress #watercolor #artistbooks

When I was a kid I spent a summer learning the rudiments of traditional beadwork from a Navajo artist. She was an amazing teacher, and I remember being obsessed with sewing each tiny seed bead down correctly, the design bit by bit (tiny me falling in love with painstaking work: shocker, I know). Ever since then, whenever I'm in a museum containing Indigenous art, I make a beeline for the beads. .
See the full sketch on the blog today (link in profile).
#sketching #usk #tulsa #gilcreasemuseum

On the blog (link in profile): taking the long way around. The REALLY long way around. #sketching #usk #watercolor #california #roadtrip

On the blog today: a look back at a (misguided) cultural icon. Clickable link in my profile. #route66 #sketching #usk #roadsideattraction

Afternoon light on the one remaining tidy corner of my studio. Guess it's time to muck out the rest of it...

Also in that blog post today: a before and after. #usk #sketching #watercolor #pnw

On the blog today (link in profile): a romance in five gears.

A big ol' bouquet of painted flowers. #localconditions #letterpress #bookarts #process #studio #editionwork

Many of you know, and just as many don't, that I've been working on the mother of all artist book editions for nearly a decade. The amount of labor and time this behemoth has required (and the number of when-will-you-be-done questions that result) are a bit of a sore spot now, so I haven't put a finished copy on display anywhere for YEARS. This week that will change, as I'll have a copy of "Local Conditions" on display as part of the "Northwest Musings" exhibit at the Collins Library at @univpugetsound, June 1 through July 28. I'll post more photos once the show opens, but for now, big thanks to the #PugetSoundBookArtists for including this work in the show. It's a good reminder that while I still have miles to go on this project, the work is always worthwhile.

The best thing about this hot weekend is seeing obvious new growth when I went out to water the garden every evening. Go, little squash babies, go! #nwgardening #pnw

Nice to see you, blueberry blossoms. #nwgardening #futurefruit

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