Thursday, January 22, 2015

Holy Cow!

Approx. 6" x 10", Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Yes, I painted a cow! Hubby teaches in the College of Agriculture and I painted this for his office. There is a really cool website called PaintMyPhoto.ning. It allows photographers and artists to work together. You find a photo you want to paint, give the photographer credit and you can use it as a reference. This is from a photo by Nicola McLean:

It is painted with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. I'm still working with that medium. I'm learning to manipulate the inks better. 

I will link to Paint Party Friday when the link goes live. And thank you, Eva, for pointing out that Nic McLean is also a member of Paint Party Friday! Ha! Small world.  ;)  Have a great weekend everybody! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015


5" x 7', Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"To the mind that is still
the whole universe surrenders"
-- Lao Tzu

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Looking at Grief: A Journal Page

"That time
I thought I could not
go any closer to grief 
without dying

I went closer,
and I did not die..."

-- Mary Oliver

This journal page materialized on its own. I added the two figures and bumped up the color with markers and Photoshop. 

I often use CitraSolv painted onto National Geographic magazine pages in my art and my journals. You can see more about the process here. When I was tearing out the solvent-soaked pages from the magazine this one emerged. 

Usually I'll have a page spread of pretty colors all melted together. Then I'll tear them up and use them in my art. This one, I LOVED just as it is. I scanned it into Photoshop so I'll always have a copy to play with. The original is framed. 

I've started another blog where I post just my art journal pages. It's here if you want to check it out. Have a great week everybody! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Among the Flowers

5" x 7",  Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"There are always flowers
for those who want to see them."
-- Henri Matisse

I had to paint another hummingbird so I would have two paintings to hang together. ;) I'm working on a few special projects that I'll share soon. Have a great weekend everybody!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hummingbird in Flowers

5 x 7, Alcohol Inks on Yupo

I've been experimenting with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. There are a lot of paintings in progress. This one makes me happy!  More to come...

Happy New Year everybody!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Abstract Flowers

5 x 7, Alcohol Ink on Yupo

"There are always flowers
for those who want
to see them."
-- Henri Matisse

This is just a small section that was cropped from a larger painting. I thought it looked like an abstract flower. I adhered it to some nice black paper, attached it to a blank card and mailed to a friend.  

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wrestling with Angels

"I have wrestled with the Angel
and I am stained with light
and I have no shame."
-- Mary Oliver

This is a page from my journal that I am going to also paint onto a canvas. I'm still playing with color combinations, paint choices, etc. I am taking the most awesome class by Kate Thompson called Fractured Angels and am learning so much! 

I have always loved the poetry of Mary Oliver. Kate used this quote from Mary in her class. So glad Kate passed this on! It's a very inspiring verse to me.

You will probably see this image again in many forms before the final painting is complete.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Moongazing, 8 x 10, Alcohol Ink on Yupo

One of the things I like about this technique is that you can often see different images every time you look. I see a figure on the right gazing at the moon. It looks like a face shape, wearing a tall headpiece and a robe. That's what it looks like to me.  My husband saw something entirely different. So it becomes whatever you see when you look at it. That's pretty cool!

None of this is planned ahead of time. The paint flows where it flows. It's later that you look at your piece and see what you have. Then you crop to that image. This one is now hanging in my living room. 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mixed Media Warhol

Young Warhol, 12 x 12, Mixed Media

I searched through the archives of my many Warhol images and found a photo of him when he was younger. He was leaning against a wooden post and a dilapidated building was in the background. The photo was in black and white so I took some liberty with the colors. 

This was an image I had sketched many times in my sketchbook. I settled on the one I liked best. Translating that onto the cradled wood and then painting it (mainly with the Pebeo mixed media paints) was all very challenging. Then I decided to just go for it and throw in some mediums I rarely use: fiber paste, light molding paste, foils, etc. This is truly a mixed media version of my sketch. 

I'm learning how to manipulate the Pebeo paints more, mix colors with them and see how the different types of paint interact with each other. Always experimenting! It feels good to be back in the thick of it again...

Linking this to Paint Party Friday. Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I'll Take You There...

I'll Take You There, 7 x 5, Alcohol Ink on Yupo

I Know a place
Ain't nobody cryin', ain't nobody worried
...I'll take you there

-- I'll Take You There, The Staple Singers

Every once in a while I like to TRY and figure out alcohol inks. They are beautiful colors that really pop on metal, plastic, glass, etc. Paper... not so much. EXCEPT on YUPO paper! (which is a kind of plastic) The trick is to get them to move around like you want. For me, very challenging...

June Rollins has an entire series of paintings with these inks called Dreamscapes. I have her DVD and attempted to do things her way. I did get much better results than when left to my own devices. :) So, here is a dreamscape done in all my favorite colors!

Enjoy your weekend everybody. I am also entering this in the Paint Party Friday lineup. 

Friday, November 21, 2014


Amazed, 12 x 16, Oil

This is another oil painting I completed recently. I have to laugh every time I look at it. Her expression! I didn't plan it that way. It just happened as I was fiddling with the mouth. So, you go with it... I wonder what she is seeing that has her so captivated! ;)

Linking this to Paint Party Friday. Check it out! 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Remaining an Artist

Digital Journal Page

This is a part of a painting I'm working on. The girl is my drawing scanned into Photoshop. The rest is digital. I thought she would fit nicely on a digital background. When I finish the canvas I'll post here. And yes, this is part of my new banner.  :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Warhol in Charcoal

Warhol in Charcoal, 9 x 12

The idea is not
to live forever, 
it is to create
something that will.

-- Andy Warhol

Continuing with my Warhol obsession, this is done in charcoal and pastel. I love working on the black toned paper. The whites just pop!

I was invited by my art buddy, Valerie to link this to Art Journal Journey. Their theme this month is Inspired by the Masters. I will try and do that, thank you Valerie!

Have a great week, everybody. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Finding Balance

I started playing with Photoshop again after a year or so of not using it. I forgot how fun it is to just play! The girl on the box is my drawing that I scanned and then painted in Photoshop. The background is from a Deviant Scrap kit. I think I will use her in some journal pages!

Have a great weekend, everybody!