Thursday, April 20, 2017

Work in Progress

Getting a start on a merged watercolor/pastel in my online class with Tonja Sell today.  I saw it right away yesterday, when the surface finally dried.  Had to get back to the studio today to get it going.  I get so caught up in art at times, it is all I think about.  Now that I've got it going, I can focus on other pressing things.  

Here is the start. Do you see the owl?

I saw other things too, but owl has been speaking to me lately. It is sometimes the last outdoor sound I hear when I let the dogs out for the last time..and then I can be awakened by that sound, through the bedroom walls in the middle of the night.  He penetrates my dreamworlds at times.  Would love it if it were a 'she'.  However, there are already two HOOTS in the night.

Stay tuned for more progress.
SIDE NOTE:  I try to use all my own source photos or borrow them from friends
or relatives,, the source for this one is from a stock photo company called Alamy.
I purchased the use of the photo from them.  
I would never copy an image from someone's photo without permission
these days.  It's only fair.  Photographers are artists too.

Working with Textures

Just off the easel..needing to be rephotographed..but this is my
iPhone photo.  I usually take my final photos with my Nikon,
it always gives me a better starting place when 
expecting to post a final piece.

Titled "Pacification" - pastel worked over watercolor 
texture on Art Spectrum 140 lb. natural Colourfix paper
(love that stuff)
adhered to gatorboard - 8.5" x 11".

Continuing to just love the outcomes
of these hidden subjects..getting really excited 
for the next one. 

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sketching and Painting

9" x 12"
wc and pastel on UART

Today - I did it like it's supposed to be done..
however, I often don't.  I like the planning and
what it requires is that I slow
down and take the moment to do so.

Used this sketch as my jumping point, 
onto the canvas
which isn't totally drawn out of my imagination.
Sometimes I look at magazines at a figure and 
change it up a bit, so as not to be a copy
but an inspiration.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Queen of My Heart

"Queen of Hearts"
12" x 16"
Arches 140 lb. cold press
watercolor and pastel mix

This is my granddaughter Sterling, who had a couple
of Halloween costumes this past year.  Several great
photos were sent my way and I put this one
in the digital divide.  It worked perfect for the
textured watercolor under painting I completed 
several weeks ago.
That 'bright light' hitting her face (I think she was
standing in front of the TV) was hard to
translate without changing it totally.  Light
can hit the eye that intensely from the giant screens.
But, I like the effect of the bright rimming light
on her turned kept it that way
and tried hard to make it seem real
and not creepy.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Box of WIPes

"Self Portrait"
watercolor and pastel
on Arches watercolor paper

This one got wiped and wiped before I was satisfied.
Finally got the eyes right and worked some more 
on everything...could keep going..maybe I will.
Always fun to do YOUR younger self, even with
new hairgrowth and 'extensions' (those were
not around in my day - ha ha)
Anyway, onward.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Your Own Face

WIP - DH came through the
studio today, "Gave yourself some more hair, I see"
YEP, it's called 'Artistic License' - ya man!
and of course, this is my way 'younger' face...
(check back tomorrow or the next day for update)
From the looks of it, I have a long way to go..
eyes are not right..and if eyes aren't right, it's
almost a goner to me.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Golden Day

"Proposition for the Sacrificial Lamb"
9" x 12"
mixed media, watercolor and pastel on UART paper

Here is today's practice of the last lesson I was able
to take in...
Here is the start of how it goes
 Looking deep within to find something - anything
that stirs my imagination.

Found it and then some as I worked along
(plastic overlay let's me do a quick outline of 
my image)

As you can see, it changed a little, it's so easy for me
to get carried away, when the sky is the limit.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Bird of a Different Color

"Pandora Migrant"
9" x 12"
merging watercolor with pastel
on UART sanded paper
adhered to gatorboard

I am plugging along with the online course I am taking
with Tonja Sell.  Finally hit the part that I will be loving even more.
The underneath of this one is watercolor washes, color mixing, stenciling,
gauze placement, plastic wrap effects and lots of manipulation of the surface.
In such a hurry once it was dry, forgot to take a photo of it.
Once that step is completed, you turn the piece around and around until
you find an object or thing you can embellish into 
a piece of reality - reminds me of when I was a little
girl and would lay for hours looking at the woodgrain
on my closet door and see faces or animals.
I saw a bird..and used a plastic sleeve and marker
to draw it out to refer to
upon adding more watercolor and pastel.
I got carried away with those whispy lines on the pastel.
I saw a bird with fine, shiny, colorful feathers.
The color families you see, were the color families
that were produced in the underpainting...which
if you knew, there is some underpainting showing
through on the end result.  Next time, I will photograph the
watercolor for you to see the process more completely.
BTW, for permanency - gatorboard is my new GO TO strata
for adhering artwork to.  It is good and strong.
  Foamcore usually warps
 when using PVA glue. I order
my gatorboard from
UART comes in lots of different grit and either paper 
or board and
 is available at major art suppliers, 
I got mine from Dick Blick. Dakota Pastel
carries it too.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Getting Going with More Poppies

MORE poppies - using UART sanded pastel paper
instead of watercolor paper - making watercolor.
glue gun stencil, and saran effects...but
found that it just didn't pop
like it should.
Next lesson (I had just an inkling of what it might be and...)
I went ahead and added Derwent and pastel pencil.

Like it, oh so much, better.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Organically Speaking

"Poppy I"
watercolor - with a variety of tweaks
In my online class with Tonja Sell, part of our lessons for this week
is watercolor on different papers using
our own hand made glue gun stencils, gauze, and saran wrap.
This is the precursor to a poppy done on UART
pastel sanded paper..which reacts a little differently 
to this method watercolor paper vs. pastel sandpaper.
I see that this was an important
lesson, so I could push the technique to
look similar on the sanded pastel paper.
It will probably take more layers than 
about the three that I have here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More Experimenting

This time I am playing with watercolor swatches 
and complimentary colors in pastels - on top.  
Some of the colors added literally POPPED off the surface, creating an optical illusion.
The class I am involved in is "Merging Watercolor and Pastel" 
on with Tonja Sell.
Lovin' it!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Experimenting with watercolor, stencils of all types, even ones made with 
glue from a glue gun, gauze, waxpaper, saran fascinating and fun!

Taking an online course, MERGING WATERCOLOR WITH PASTELS...stay tuned, we are 
about to get down to the nitty gritty.

In the meantime, one studio cat had to be 'shaved' the other day...her fur was 
so matted and full of knots, it was beyond our capability to help.
Had to be sedated and shaved at the vet.

She looks so cute..shows her tubbiness, however, the
other studio cat now HATES her..guess it's the 'cootie' smell
of the vet clinic and maybe because she looks so different and cool.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Keeping At It

I have decided that even if I don't PAINT, I will be drawing and sketching..
with water soluble graphite, sharing some gesture drawing..

and some black and white charcoal on charcoal paper.

Did a few watercolor color charts..

taking an online course with Tonja Sell on

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I Sell on ETSY

Check out some of the new additions to my Etsy shop.  Several of the 'now' dry and varnished 30 in 30 works are now 
for sale!  
Enjoy the special pricing while it lasts.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DAY 31 - the Finale Poster of Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days for Jan. 2017

As you may have noticed in my sidebar are OTHER seasons and years of 
"Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days"
Here is this years poster.

I would be remiss in stating that I have LOVED every minute of it.
When one stands back and looks at the breadth and depth of an
undertaking like this, it blows you away.

The very best part of looking at these posters collectively
is to notice the growth and change that has occurred over 
time.  This year, I wanted to just paint, but got caught up
in painting more floral paintings then I ever have.
Along with landscapes, florals have not always been 
very comfortable to me.
But now they are much more welcomed.

I have my favorites (there are 3 or 4) they pop right out at me on the poster.
There are others that make me cringe to add them to the mix.
It's hard for me to paint something in one day although it didn't
used to bother me - I find
I wanted to have just one more day to finalize and develop a piece
on some of these.
but then the spontaneity and freshness would have surely failed.

As a whole, I am pleased with my efforts...I know what I have 
learned - mostly - I continue to pull my subject matter
up into the light and give it more color. I am more confident
at color mixing and using acrylic paint as a medium.
But my very kindred medium is still OIL paint.
One of my pushes was to LOOSEN up more on the 
brushstrokes to not be so exacting and precise
in my depictions (it has always been that) to be more painterly..
and I think I achieved that
where it was wanted.

A final note of thanks to those who regularly visited and 
left encouragement and supportive comments.
It was nice to have the company with this
undertaking..I have enjoyed seeing your
paintings and reading about your efforts.