August 5, 2017
Happy Caturday . Summer is passing. Get outside while the getting’s good.
July 29, 2017
Milleau (synonyms): environment, sphere, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere Sometimes the wallpaper is your milleau. Another celebration of the weekly holiday, #Caturday
July 27, 2017
Midsummer in the south is unbearably hot for most of the day, but fabulous in the early morning hours. It’s a magical time. Walking in the nearby woods, you can hear crickets and frogs; birds are singing their walkup soliloquies and baby birds are shrieking for breakfast. If you look hard, and are lucky, you […]
July 25, 2017
Years ago, when I first began painting, I was obsessed with paintings of the early Renaissance. I had a huge admiration for the artists of that era and for the whole notion of rebirth. I had been attending art classes at the University of Oklahoma, where abstract expressionism was the password to success. Realism was […]
July 24, 2017
Breaking away from the experimental book format, I have stepped up slightly to 140 pound cold-press watercolor paper with collage, acrylic paint, colored pencils and neocolor crayons. The cake just snuck in there. Probably too much Wayne Thiebauld in my youth. Besides, as we all know. everything goes better with cake.
July 22, 2017
Mixed media party with cat in hat. Lots of layers here- some glazing with pthalo blue in the final steps to make the background recede. Al, the party cat is an older, wiser cat. Sometimes all this fun just stuns him a bit. He might rather just be taking a nap.
July 17, 2017
Experimental goal for this exercise was to use a rubber stamp. In a lonely drawer in my studio, I located a chrysanthemum rubber stamp. I loaded the stamp with acrylic paint and deliberately printed only part of the flower. Hindsight, I should have used the entire stamp. It gets a bit too abstract to really […]
July 11, 2017
In trying to paint loose, one of my hesitations is the cost and storage of the painting surface. I typically have been using water based media on watercolor paper. Not expensive watercolor paper. But I can get a bit OCD about any material. This winter, a group on the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area put out […]
July 8, 2017
No real explanation here, just experimentation; possibly not a total success. Bruce Mau once said in his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view […]
July 5, 2017
One of my key goals is to get looser in my painting. This requires not worrying about the cost of materials for creations that will likely never be seen outside of my studio. So, what can I use that will have some of the fun and looseness of Jane Davies‘ paintings? Davies uses good quality […]
July 3, 2017
As part of my broken wrist recovery, I have had to strengthen the hand muscles and relearn some of the motions that had been second nature. But before I could begin the reuse of my right hand, I was stuck painting and drawing for about 2 months with my lest (or left) hand. I cannot […]
November 5, 2016
Working on more circus animals, this time: cats! Background color determined by the week’s color for the colour_collective challenge. They named it #maygreen . Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic. I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.
July 5, 2016
Working in the garden lets me consider what all is going on underground. This is a quick reflection on the unseen. Acrylic on watercolor paper.
June 27, 2016
I have been using watercolor paper as the background for this series of acrylic paintings. The paper has a nicely smooth texture for the paint that makes slide onto the paper. I can then build up lots of color as a glaze layers.
June 23, 2016
Summer in the South is an almost tropical experience. Everything grows and grows and grows. I used to be completely lost in the colors of the flowers, but now I find myself becoming intrigued by the patterns of the foliage. This painting experiments with both.
June 20, 2016
Continuing experiments with acrylic paints. I have been using matte medium, since I don’t like the sheen and plastic-feel of acrylics. I could use Acrylic gouache, but I am not wild about the lack of intensity of the colors in most acrylic gouache – and there is the cost. Why is acrylic gouache so darned […]
June 17, 2016
Cats tend to assume that they are invisible, but if you look hard, you can still find them. This painting is in acrylics. I am intending to do some larger works on canvas and gouache just won’t work for that, so I am staring to learn to use acrylics. Transparency is the biggest issue. Gouache gives […]