Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pear #13

Acrylic on canvas board 5x7

This is a monochromatic painting.
One color~
Green gold mixed with titanium white
micaceous iron oxide
acrylic glazing liquid
neocolor II watercolor crayons
interference green
matte gel
and payne's gray.

Lots of blending and dabbing and scrubbing~
quite a few layers~
it has nice depth and texture.
I think it turned out pretty well.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


So for the past week and a half
I've been playing with color
making a color library. 
I'm taking a workshop.
This is probably the best workshop
on color that I've ever taken.
Each color in my stash
mixed with a medium or color
swatches of color
rows and rows
2 color wheels
organic and inorganic pigments.
great tools.
It was wonderful-almost therapeutic 
mixing and painting
what happens
when this is mixed with that?

more pears on the way......!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pear #12

Pen & Ink on paper 5x7
I drew this with my non dominant left hand.
I love the quality of line,
so much more interesting 
than perfectly straight lines.
I really enjoy doodling
you lose yourself
totally immersed in a place
where time has no meaning
hours pass
and there you are 
still doodling......
Some of my symbology
has come from doodling
not thinking about it
or planning it
letting it
on it own.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pear #11

Acrylic on canvas board 5x7

I decided to abstract the pear
by taking it 
to its very basic geometric shapes.
I also thought primary colors
would be fitting for this experiment.
Pyrrole red, Cobalt Blue and Hansa Yellow

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pear #10

Sumi ink, gum arabic, acrylic paint on Arches Textwove 5x7

Sink art
Start with a piece of Arches Textwove
(a very forgiving paper, takes abuse)
make random marks with gum arabic
let dry completely
repeat with sumi ink
let dry just a couple of minutes
run paper under water
scrub away gum arabic with your finger
The sumi ink does something wonderful
it marbles
right there on your paper!
I tore a piece of the sink art paper
long with a piece of black paper
staggered them to make it look like
the pear is shadowed
a splash of red were added for a bit of punch
the stem and leaves were cut out
using a scissors
mounted on canvas board.

I like the contrast of black and white
with just a smidge of red

cool n'est pas?

We had a glorious week,
temps in the 60's 
the dingy snow piles
melted away
along with my cares
Last night
oh no!  It snowed!
Temps back just below 30
It's easy to get spoiled, isn't it?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pear #9

Casein and wire on canvas board 5x7

Casein painted background, 
dries to a velvety finish.
16 gauge annealed steel wire
fashioned into a pear.
Sewn to the board.
I really like it's simplicity.


There are signs of Spring...
I saw a Robin yesterday,
 daffodils are peeking through,
 piles of snow are melting,
60 degrees today,
 ice on the pond is disappearing.
I so look forward to this time,
bright green sprigs,
signs of new life.
Do you feel a change in your energy levels?
Is it the amount of light,
the smells,
the new growth?
Whatever it is, 
Welcome Spring !

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pear #8

Acrylic and collage on canvas board 5x7

I started out by painting several small sheets 
in varous shades of green gold.
After they were dry, I tore them into smaller
pieces and collaged them onto a larger
sheet of light weight paper.
Drew a pear shape~
painted around the shape
with purple--
the top part was tinted with white, 
then dry brushed with purple straight from the tube.
The bottom was painted from the tube,
dry brushed with the tint.
I don't think I am particularly good at color,
so giving myself permission to play
and use color combinations
that I would probably not use.
Here I am using 
complimentary colors~
directly across from each other
on the color wheel.


I sometimes feel so stuck in my head~
as in not moving forward.
I started reading an interesting book-
"Loving What Is" by Byron Katie.
"The Work" is asking yourself
4 questions.
Just after reading the intro
and the 1st chapter
I can begin to challenge
some of the thoughts
I keep grinding away at,
that wake me up
in the middle of the night,
that keep me stuck.

Albert Einstein said,
"Insanity is doing the same things
over and over
expecting different results".

I create so many miseries
between my two ears.
Too many assumptions,
partial truths,
skewed emotions,
and overwhelmedness
keep me from living
how I want to live.
Today I start Spring Cleaning,
armed with my journal
and pen.
I set out to capture
the negative nellies
that intend to stake their claim.
Get them out on paper,
and challenge them

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pear #7

As I have been thinking of various media 
to express different ideas 
of creating the single theme of pears.....
My mind wandered~
way off left
of center.
without warning
bizzare ideas

I invite you
to meet

The Grim Rea-pear

Acrylic on Canvas board  5x7

This week has been bittersweet.
I sold my Dad's truck.
While it needed to be done,
I felt a sadness sweep over me.
That's the last time I'd hear the brakes squeak.
I was losing another piece of him.
I had to remind myself that it is just stuff.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pear #6

Mixed media on canvas board 5x7

This painting started as a piece of Black Arches Cover Stock.
I drew a pear and several abstract marks with sumi ink,
then let it dry.
Next, Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White was added in the same way.
Gouache was painted in, with a bit of walnut ink.
Bits of drywall patching tape-cut in teeny shapes used as a stencil,
interference gold dry brushed over the tape, then the tape is removed.
The top pear is au natural,
the bottom pear has a coat of encaustic medium
on the surface.
This is by far a favorite technique,
see here, here & here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

la poire #5

aka: flop experiment

Mixed media on canvas board 5x7

This piece began by dry brushing interference gold,
then a drawing with sumi ink
on Nideggan paper...love that paper.
Pastels were rubbed into the paper.
Next, I schmeared a layer of
my super secret acrylic beeswax.
Actually, it's an adapted recipe
from several recipes I found in both
When the "wax" dried,
the dry brushing was....gone.
It does have nice texture going for it.
Back to the drawing board!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pear 4

Acrylic on canvas board 5x7
It's hard to tell from the picture
I started painting using the grisaille technique.
The underpainting is shades of gray,
then glazed with color.
The pear was glazed with green gold,
the upper background with cobalt,
the table with quin. crimson.

I've spent the weekend busily working away in the studio.
Some of my ideas are not working well,
but it's okay---I'm learning a lot.

I'll post a flop soon.....stay tuned ;)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pear 3

Shiva Paintstiks on 5x7 Canvas Board

My photography stinks,
the painting is not this dark.
....anyway, the paintstiks are great to work with.
Peel off the skin that forms on the paintstik,
then rub and blend.
They dry very quickly, in 24 hrs.
I started out with just a couple of colors,
now it has turned to madness ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pear 2

Second in the pear series.....
oh, how I wish I had more time to work on these!
I am enjoying working with the same subject,
finding different media in which to work them out.
Several in the works, all at various stages.

Acrylic on canvas board, 5x7

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A journal for Peggy's birthday

This journal is the result of LK Ludwig's
This journal has raw canvas covers,
the "tapes" are micro suede,
the pages are cardstock that Peggy and I found at Tuesday Morning,
a whole ream of Crane's cardstock for $10.
It's beautiful stuff to work with....
takes the paint beautifully.
If you want to take an amazing online class,
and want to work from the comfort of your own studio, this is it!
LK shares scads of techniques,
ways to put your personality
into your own journal.