Tuesday, January 01, 2019

A Meditation


Be Still and Listen
Acrylic on paper mounted on gallery canvas
16 X 20

This painting puts me in a meditative mood. It's very peaceful to look at, the colors are calm and soothing. It's coated with an iridescent medium which adds a sheen and makes it very difficult to photograph well. You know how your blood pressure seems to drop and your cares fall away when you are at a place where you can look at a body of water? That is the feeling I tried to capture in this painting. All you need to do is be still and listen; listen to that inner voice that is drowned out by the hustle of life. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Experimenting with mediums

The Strand
Acrylic on 140# paper 16 X 20

Before Christmas I started to play with acrylics on top of old watercolor paper. First I covered the watercolor with gesso and used various tools to make texture in the underpainting. Then I started layering acrylic paint with the dark blue strand from left to right. I used brushes and paper towels to achieve the blended colors I was looking for. On top of the dark blue I spread some glass gel medium (for some reason I love this stuff and bought two containers of it). I continued adding paint letting it dry between layers until I decided it was the way I wanted it. I think if you click on it you will be able to see the effect of the glass gel medium. There will be more to come. 
In case I don't get back here, Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Gift for a Granddaughter

Jenny's Gift
Acrylic on Canvas 16 X 20


Our oldest grandchild, Jenny, just got married the end of October. She said she would like an abstract painting, something mostly blue 14 to 16 inches. After looking in some decorator magazines and remembering some paintings I saw in model homes the trend seems to be a soft blending of color. So I got out my acrylics and had fun blending paint on the canvas. I used cobalt and Pthalo blue with a lot of white, added a little bit of light green and metallic copper for the compliment. If you look closely you'll see that there are two areas of texture which is glass bead gel. I covered the whole thing with an iridescent medium to give it a lovely sheen. Unfortunately that does not show up on the picture. Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Little Whimsy

Puff
Watercolor 16 X 20

Sometimes I like to make textured backgrounds for  watercolor paintings. I  use different papers, gauze, mark makers, or whatever. Often I have something in mind, most of the time I'm just loosening up, playing with the paint and my "toys". As I looked at this, after it had dried, I liked it the way it was, the gauze had made a creature shape that looked like a dragon to me. So, I named it Puff. I'm enjoying him for now, maybe someday he'll be turned into something else. After all, he is magic!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Travel Time Art

Banana Blossom
Sketch book painting

I was able to do one painting while I was in Hawaii. We were with family for a wedding so there was lots of activity and very little time for getting out the watercolors or sketchbook. This was painted from a picture I took at the Garden of Eden on Maui. Bananas form from the top or stem of the blossom and continue as the stem grows. So this blossom will get smaller as more bananas form on the top. Really an unusual plant. After a stalk produces fruit it dies and new shoots come up from the base of the plant. Hawaii's climate seems to be perfect for bananas as well as pineapple and many other tropical fruits. There is a 6 hour time difference between Florida and Hawaii, I'm just getting adjusted after a week being back. It's good to be home! 

Saturday, October 06, 2018

First Show of the Season

My Magnolia
Watercolor 15 X 15


October is the beginning of the art show season here. The first show at the art league was to be specific to our area of southwest Florida. I have a magnolia tree that blooms every spring and I love to take pictures of the flowers and paint them. This is one of the pictures that I entered into the show. It got many compliments but no mention by the judge. And that's they way it goes at art shows! There were many fine paintings entered, we are a group of very talented artists and the competition is steep but most of us are very supportive of one another. Artists make pretty good friends, I think. We have a nice opening reception with food and wine. It's good to be back in the swing of things.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What I Learned

Moonlight Serenade
Collage 10 X 10

I did another collage with my lady in the Klempt style dress. I must admit that while I have a general idea of what I will put together with the colors and theme, after I get going it evolves into a life of it's own. I find I need something for this space, or I need to tone down that and add a little more of this. It is so unlike planning and painting a watercolor. 

My lady was an acrylic transfer and was rather ghost-like when it was applied. She disappeared into the dark background. So, I had to paint over most of her with acrylic so she could be seen. The take away from this was, acrylic transfers must be placed on a lighter background. My "aha moment". Some things are taught better by experience! 


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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.