Channeling Sam Cannon

While looking for something else I discovered Sam Cannon’s artwork and fell in love with his imagery and calligraphy. His eloquently realized animals, with beautifully hand-lettered quotations, spoke to a desire in me to do likewise. His tiny Petal Paper originals were particularly appealing.

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When I looked into channeling his style I found I was fresh out of Petal Paper, so I just made my own version by wetting watercolor paper and painting  loose leaves and flowers.

Using these backgrounds as inspiration, I added figures and quotes that particularly resonated with me, keeping faithfully to Sam Cannon’s style.

As the paintings developed I added more leaves, flowers and stems around the figures and calligraphy, making the most of my watercolors.

I love the distinctive Sam Cannon ‘font’ and line arrangement. I experimented with different tools for the calligraphy. flowersetsy

I tried a more traditional opaque gouache approach with the dip pen on brown paper for this garden painting.

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My favorite Thoreau quote is painted with white ink and a brush on the woodpile. These chilly chickadees are drawn from the flocks right outside my window here in Vermont.

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I am using Schminke Aqua Bronze Rich Gold and Silver gouache to paint the metallic accents.

I learn by copying and experimenting and evolving. I hope to keep moving ever further from copying Sam and more into being entirely me.

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As always, you can find my work for sale at my Etsy shop.

 

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Resistance Posters

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warship

In order to resist the new American presidential regime I am creating original posters with slogans and quotes.

I will post links here to high resolution pdfs of all my posters. Feel free to download, print and share.

keepquiet,No

keepquiet

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robinhood

followthemoney

followthemoney

RachelCarson

RachelCarson

Gandhi

Gandhi

Wait&watch2

Wait&watch

NoRightWay

rightway

LittleRed2

LittleRed

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pussyhat

Fired

Ides

smile

smile

aroused

aroused

leiatype

leiatype

iwillnot_1

iwillnot_1

lazarus

lazarus

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washingtontype

resisttype

resist

persist

persist

susanb

susan

smokeypark

smokeypark

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smokey

indivisible

indivisible

friendstype

friendstype

earthtype

earthtype

lincolntype

lincolntype

science

science

persisted

persisted

valentinetype

valentine

8butterfliestype

healthcare

1leaftype

wall

ballot

ballot

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