Saturday, August 25, 2012

I Want to Wear Robes....

Text Reads: "I want to wear robes. Not bathrobes but holy ones, bright orange like Buddha, or brown like Jesus. I want to wear robes with tassels draped around my neck confirming college graduation, or black like a witch, or magician. I want to wear robes. Simple pure fabrics to transform me."



Text Reads: "I have a cotton black sweater that I wear like the St. Christopher medal which protects me from being seen..."

Friday, August 24, 2012


Text Reads: "I want to wrap up in a cloud today, and float among the blue skies to perhaps find all the answers, or no answers at all because they're not needed. La-dee-dah..."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Wondering Why and Why Not..."

I used Koi Watercolors, Caran D'ache Gouache, PrismaColor Pastel Pencils, Gelly Roll Pen, Golden Fluid Acrylics, W&N India Inks, W&N Indian Ink with Dip Pen.

Why Text Shows Up On My Paintings

"Woman in Hat"
Example of writing with a Micro-Pen #3

Text Reads: " In the event that a zebra shows up at your door please invite him in and offer tea."

"Naked on a Tuesday"
Example of writing with Indian Ink and Dip Pen.

Text Reads: "Every so often I wonder about her. You can see it all over my face. The colors from the memories staining my cheeks for everyone to see inside me so I feel naked at noon on a Tuesday."

Why do I scribble text on my paintings? Because it shows up while I'm painting and screams to be written. I don't pre-plan this. Pushing color around the canvas or paper is mediative. As the face details evolve a sort of personality and story evolves with it. As she is defined the emotions of her come spilling out. So I grab a micro pen or dip pen and write what comes. I've even scrawled words into wet paint with an oil crayon. I write while the emotion of it is raw and not understood. I rarely use my regular handwriting. I like to use a cursive handwriting similar to that which we were taught in grade school. This helps me to step back from myself and almost write as another person.

"No Exit"
Example of writing in wet paint with a Caran D'ache oil crayon.
Text Reads: "Remember" and "No Exit" and "Huis Clos" There was also lots of underwriting done.

I keep a plain piece of copy paper nearby to write words that come while I paint. I may incorporate them in the painting somewhere later, and even cover them up with layers after they are written. Even though they can't be seen the energy of the words are there and I feel it it helps to fuel the painting. Other times I may write phrases or words on the back of the painting.

"She Forgot She Can't Remember"
A busy example of underwriting. I wrote with a Micron-Pen #3 back and forth while turning the canvas in different positions so I could write in-between the lines of text, too. There is quite a story layered in this painting.

"She Forgot She Can't Remember"
And here is the finished painting with the underwriting not visible but charging the emotion in this.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Painting With an Old Photograph Look

These are the supplies I used to get an "old photograph" look:

I drew this with a dip pen and Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink
Prismacolor Watercolor Pencil: French Grey 20%
Caran D'ache Supracolor 11 Soft: Ochre
Caran D'ache Supracolor 11 Soft 249 (Green)
Caran D'ache Gouache: noir
Caran D'ache Gouache: vert emeraude
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Winsor & Newton Ink: Sunshine Yellow
Gelly Roll Pen: White
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Broken China, Antique Linen, & Walnut Stain
A Winsor & Newton University Round Series 235 brush and my fingers

Friday, August 17, 2012

Practicing Watercolors

It is funny how you want to do something for years and don't. Then someone you met a few hours before on an artist site can say just the right thing to you at the right time (I call this universal power ) and poof! you give it a go. I'm talking about practicing with watercolors and the artist is Larry D Marshall. He says he just started drawing and painting a year ago. He said something so simple to me in response to my fear using watercolors. He said  they forgot to tell him the rules that watercolors were more difficult to work with than other mediums. He sees it as just putting color in areas of his sketches. And if I've used thinned acrylics it would have similar results. (Ah ha moment here) And as a result I painted two pages in my sketchbook today....using watercolors.

I'm using what I have. A Moleskine watercolor book and Koi tube watercolors, Prismacolor watercolor pencils, and Caran D'ache watercolor pencils. I will reward myself with professional quality paints and Stillman & Birn sketchbooks...oh, yes and several great pens. Until then it is time to do another sketch and painting. Watch out because I plan to sketch in public soon.

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Look at Me I'm Finally Using Watercolors

Finally told the monkey mind to shut up and I simply focused on getting color on the page. Will need practice. Will need professional quality paints and will definately need Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks, but practicing to just get a sketch and color on the page first. (I wanted to reach for the acrylics and oil pastels many times.)  Note: I did fold and added a teeney bit of Stiggle's Glitter. Here's to prove we all can move past our comfort zones. Been wanting to explore watercolors for many years.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Illustration Friday Topic: Freeze

I submitted these to Illustration Friday. The topic was "Freeze." These are mixed media collages. Acrylic, india ink, and paper epehemera. Some of the paper epehemera was copies of a previous painting of mine torn or cut into smaller pieces. i.e. the cats, the candy cane, the string of lights. I rarely use purchased paper or images in my collages as I like to make my own. I am a fan of mulberry paper or other handmade papers that are thick and may have texture. I love using these in my collage pieces because when I tear it I like how the threads are exposed. These glue down lovely with a gel medium.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Illustration Friday "Bounce"

This week the word for Illustration Friday is "BOUNCE." (4x6 acrylic and ink)

Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/art exhibit for illustrators & artists of all skill levels. A fun place to experiment, post work, and discover other artists. Google "Illustration Friday" and you're take a peek why don't you.