Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Bird in the Bush

A Bird in the Bush
Collage, 8 X 8

This collage has been patiently waiting for me for weeks to finish it. I'm so glad that it was begun so that I had something in the works one afternoon when the men were working on the kitchen and I had to be on hand for questions on details. Since my art room is right off the kitchen it was the perfect place to be. Over several days it entertained me during the completion of the kitchen project. The collage was begun with hand painted papers on 140# watercolor paper which were heat fused then coated with acrylics and stenciled. Finally it will be sealed a coat of satin acrylic varnish. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Zentangle Butterfly  
4 1/4 X 3 1/4

With the remodel going on it's so crazy at my house I had to get away one afternoon to do something creative. Starting or finishing a painting was not an option, so I got out my colored pens and did some Zentangle. It's relaxing and absorbing at the same time. It takes your mind off of what is going on in your life and you combine your colors and doodles with abandon. It's small enough to finish in an afternoon and I come away with a sense of accomplishment. This will make a nice "mini" for our art league's sale in February. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Moon Rise

Moon Rise Over Montana
Gouache on paper 7.5 X 7.5

It's been such a long time since I've posted a painting. I've been doing some summer travel to witness grandchildren graduating from High School. Such a milestone in their young lives! Add remodeling the kitchen and it leaves little time to paint.
This painting was done quite some time ago and I don't know where it's been hiding but it just surfaced and I thought it would be a fun one to post. I did a whole summer's worth of painting with gouache one year and really enjoyed the medium. It's a nice transition to go from watercolor to acrylic because of it's opaque qualities but it's still movable with water after it dries. I do hope I'll be able to get some painting in soon, I miss it when life gets in the way.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Simple Design

Acrylic, 22 X 28 (framed) 

Every year our art league has a competition in conjunction with a local sailing club. The club members choose one painting from the show to put on their Regatta T shirt. This year my painting, Sailin' was chosen for the T shirt. Two years ago I had another painting chosen so this is the second time I've received this honor. 
For the painting I made a simple graded blue background in acrylic; mixing the paint with polymer medium gave it some shine. After it dried I drew simple boat and sail shapes on the blue background with chalk, erasing and redrawing until I had the placement , sizes and shapes that I wanted. Then it was a matter of boldly taking a brush full of fluid white paint and following the chalk lines. I had to move quickly to keep the lines smooth. It took several tries, washing out the white acrylic before it dried. it was a fun experiment, something I've never done before. It was so simple I almost didn't enter it but in the end decided I had nothing to loose. Now, I'm happy that I did. When the T shirt is printed in the Fall I'll share a picture of it.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Textured backgrounds

 Textured Acrylic Background
I think it must have been at least a year ago, probably longer, that I took a workshop from Libit Jones. She had us make colorful, textured backgrounds for our paintings. I did several smaller paintings in her workshop and made 2 full sheet backgrounds for future paintings. Then I stalled out. The backgrounds were stuck in the back of the stack waiting for an idea. I finally decided to try flamingos. I struggle with acrylic figurative painting because it's seems opposite of watercolor. You go from dark to light instead of light to dark, and then acrylics get darker as they dry and watercolors dry lighter. It's a learning process for sure.
My first attempt covered up the background and just allowed whatever I managed to scratch out show through in the water. Acrylics dry quickly and it was a challenge to get the top layer scraped out before it was too dry. You can see the under painting through the water. Click on the image to get a closer view.
Flamingo With Lotus
Acrylic 30 X 22

Monday, April 07, 2014

Palm Paradise

Palm Paradise
Collage/Acrylic 6X12
(Click for larger view)
This is the last collage I did for our collage class which ended in March. I wanted to show that not all the papers needed to be torn, some can be cut for hard edges. I cut some of the palm fronds and the grasses, it's too difficult to tear small pieces sometimes needed to complete your composition. The papers are altered Geographic pages, sheet music, printed papers and painted tissues. All are sealed with polymer medium, heat fused and the art is protected with UV varnish. Be sure to click on it so that you can see the little details.
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Monday, March 24, 2014


Hummingbird Zen
Colored Pen 4.25 X 3.25

Seahorse Zen
Colored Pen 4 X 6

I've been wanting to do some zentangles or doodle art with the many pens and markers that I have acquired over the years. I like the ones I've seen with a subject in them so I used a seahorse and a hummingbird as my beginning place. I tried to make them interesting and varied. Maybe my desire to make them artistically balanced gets in my way. I think they are colorful and fun, a great way to play with my "stuff" when I'm not working on a painting or collage. I think they will make fun note cards, too.


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I am a child of God and I believe that Jesus Christ is His Son. My purpose in life is to love Him and others. How He works this out in my life is a personal and individual thing with which I do my best to cooperate. He works through my relationships and my art and His working in my life brings me great joy and peace which I hope to pass on to those around me.