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!