Marja-Leena Rathje
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two sketches

Two quick drawings from my art school days recently came back home to me, one of my then future mother-in-law and one of my future husband. She loved these so I had given them to her. They were framed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings


found art (2)

spotted on my messy potting table outdoors folded paper, damp, stained, one of the 'paper tears' escaped, blown here and weathered, art by nature, like a soft dyed silk scarf Related: the first "found art"... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Drawings, Found Objects, Photoworks


paper tears (2)

Another peek at what has been happening in the studio with some of the ink drawings....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Drawings, Photoworks, Textures


pen, ink & wash

My most recently unrolled set of drawings, again from 1982, consist mostly of life drawings done in pen and ink with wash. I will always remember the mixed feelings of trepidation in using such a demanding medium to do... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/06/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Drawings


paper tears


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Marja-Leena | 07/06/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Drawings, Photoworks, Textures


drawings again

Still more drawings for my digital archives. I keep thinking about the model in the first one... how long did he hold that pose? I cannot crouch like that, never have, not even for a minute.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/05/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Drawings


torn drawings

As I go through numerous life drawings from decades ago, the least favourite are being ripped up and put into the paper recycling bin. Today, I decided to rip these into even smaller pieces and feed them to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings


standing figures


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Marja-Leena | 16/05/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Drawings


reclining figures

For today, two more extended figure studies from that roll from 1982-83. I think my quicker ones feel livelier and fresher, though of course these figures are not in a lively position. More time sometimes leads to overworked and/or... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/05/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings


a change

As regular readers know, we are still adjusting and fine tuning aspects of this new blog redesign. The latest thing, which I have reluctantly agreed to because of the spam volumes, is that now commenters will need to register.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2012 | 14 comments
themes: Blogging, Drawings


portrait studies


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Marja-Leena | 09/05/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings


more drawings

I am continuing to go through some rolls of old life drawings and document a few of them. The one on the top here was rolled next to the first drawing I showed yesterday and seems to be of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/04/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings


studio update

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been reorganizing and cleaning my small home studio to make room for a very large set of used flat files which I'd finally found after years of searching. What a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings, Other artists


twelfth night


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Marja-Leena | 06/01/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Drawings, Printmaking


today's work/play

Some readers were curious about the etching I used to make the rubbing yesterday. Here is the deeply etched copperplate, about 12.5 x 28 cm. You may have seen it before though I could not find more than a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Printmaking


not a doodle


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Marja-Leena | 04/01/2012 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings



Surely everybody doodles, at least sometimes? I often do. The top one was one done with pencil on some scrap paper a few weeks ago, absent-mindedly at first as the act of doodling usually is, then consciously as I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/01/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings


little sketchbook

As some of you know, we visited Montreal last June and met in person long-time online friend Beth and her husband. I've been wanting to show this special and beautiful gift Beth gave me, a little sketchbook about 10... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


Leonardo da Vinci Drawings

This is a week late but I cannot let it go by without expressing my excitement, astonishment and feelings of being newly inspired by the greatest Renaissance man. Days before the exhibition was to end, my husband and I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists


self-portrait marathon

I have been challenged to join in The Self-Portrait Marathon.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings


Study for December Janus

Study for December Janus graphite, conté, coloured pencil 56.5 x 76 cm. See the print December Janus... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/09/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Drawings, Older Works


Drawing: Janus Study

Drawing for Janus Study graphite, conté, coloured pencil 42 x 39 cm. This drawing was the inspiration for the print Janus Study I.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/08/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Drawings


Veils Suite: Triptych

Veils Suite: Triptych frottage and drawing 96 x 132 cm.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Drawings, Printworks, Veils Suite