Monday, March 28, 2016

New paintings on panels

Some more paintings on panels...new work for a show at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Frederick, MD. I'm inspired to come up with titles for the occasion.


boat/house - 10" X 10" X 2", acrylic and charcoal


white bird with a green twig - 10" X 10" X 2", acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel


companions - 10" X 10" X 2", acrylic and charcoal


little town on woods' edge - 12 X 12" X 2", acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel


white house in the trees - 12" X 12" X 2", acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel


rainbow/ghost boat - 12" X 12" X 2", acrylic, charcoal and pastel


pieces of the sky falling on your neighbor's yard - 12" X 12" X 2", acrylic and charcoal


red bridge - 10" X 10" X 2", acrylic, charcoal and paper


green-faced bird - 6" X 6" X 2", acrylic and charcoal


when the trees bloom by the blue house - 10" X 10" X 2", acrylic and charcoal

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Discovery at a Skip Lawrence Workshop

I just spent 7 wonderful days at a beautiful retreat center studying with Skip Lawrence. 


My work area was by a window that let in the warm spring breeze and looked out on a lovely pond with singing frogs.


For the past year and a half I've been painting on gessoed watercolor paper. At this workshop I decided to take a bunch of painting panels I've had for a long time, and just experiment, see what I could do.


Turns out I'm hooked! I love painting on the wood and wrapping the images around the sides. I was working small, this one is 8" X 8" X 2". Here's the painting from the front...


This is done with acrylic, charcoal, gauze, Pellon and oil pastel.


6" X 6" X 2" Acrylic and charcoal


6" X 6" X 2" Acrylic and charcoal


8" X 8" X 2" Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel


8" X 8" X 2" Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel


8" X 8" X 2" Acrylic and charcoal


12" X 12" X 2" Acrylic and charcoal


12" X 12" X 2" Acrylic, charcoal and paper

Thursday, February 25, 2016

9 New Small Paintings, start to finish

Here is how I started nine 5" X 7" paintings. I worked on heavy watercolor paper, masking out the edges of each image with tape. Gesso was used to prepare the paper. I applied materials to the surfaces of some of the paintings, such as tissue and Pellon.


I like to work on a number at a time with small pieces. Sometimes one will need to dry or just "rest" and that allows me to work on another. Often a problem solved in one will inform what could be done with the next.


This is the group finished. The top three are up-side-down. (I turned the board to work on those.)



The materials used on these include acrylic, black and white charcoal, chalk and oil pastel, Pellon, rice paper, gauze, tissue, ink, colored pencil and watercolor, 











Monday, February 8, 2016

Two Paintings

I love these paintings because they feel very close to being authentic to the kind of work I want to create. No definite theme or imagery, but inviting the viewers to see what is there for them.

They are a set of what I call "twins", worked on side-by-side at the same time. Many, many layers, many changes, much evolution, so rich textures as a result. Both are 14" X 20".


Acrylic, black and white charcoal, oil pastel, rice paper, ink, Pellon, monoprint


Acrylic, black and white charcoal, Pellon, monoprint

New paintings 40" X 40"

Two large mixed media collages for the American Craft Council Show next week. Both 40" X 40" on gessoed watercolor paper, sealed with acrylic gel medium.


Acrylic, black and white charcoal, oil pastel, gauze, rice paper, ink, Pellon


Acrylic, black and white charcoal, oil pastel, Pellon

Monday, February 1, 2016

Drawing/Day 2.1.16 Details from today's time in the studio


The beginning of the two big pieces.


A strange little detail from a 14" X 20" that has been painted over many times.


A detail of one of the large pieces in process.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Drawing/Day 1.31.16 Finished painting


20" X 26" Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, Yupo paper with ink, Bristol board, Pellon

I didn't struggle with this one. Although there are many other paintings layered under it, once I got here I was happy. Fun with the incongruous imagery and details hidden in the surface. It came together for me in a pleasing way.