Sunday, October 4, 2015

Something Whimsical This Way Comes

In my seemingly never-ending challenge to get back in my painting groove, I decided to do a little experimenting. I was inspired by a demo I saw on Pinterest awhile back which involved watercolor, acrylic paint, acrylic inks and paint pens.

I was intrigued by the process, because it's all out of your imagination. I've always felt I needed to look at an object in order to paint it. This was more akin to finding your objects and creating negative space. There was something very freeing about just trying to figure out where to go next with the painting.

For my first experiment in this process I am fairly pleased. More importantly, I can't wait to get to the next try at it.

"Pot and Poppies"
8 x 8" mixed media on canvas panel

Shown in a suggested frame (this is a virtual frame)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Happy Pumpkin Offering

The original of this painting was sold several years ago to a private collector. It was one of my favorite paintings and led to my "Scratching the Surface" experimental series.

"Happy Pumpkin" 7 x 7" Digital Download
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Suggested frame from
You can mat and frame with the text....

.....or not!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Download of Original Paintings

I've been looking for a way to leverage the over 400 images I have of my original oil paintings for additional income. Some of my paintings I could have sold many times over, and I'm very grateful they have found good homes.

On Etsy I've been seeing sellers start to sell their work digitally and thought I would give it a try, but add something a little different with the quote to go with the image. When you download it you could choose to mat over the text, or to display the text as well (see the second image.) My signature on my original paintings are scratched into the paint, so I have added a digital signature.

The jpeg image file can be printed professionally or printed at home if you have a good printer.

When you purchase on Etsy they provide you with a download button, so as soon as you pay you have instant access to one jpeg image file. 

You can use the image for your personal projects, like wall art for your home or a gift, greeting cards to send to your friends, or create a fabric transfer for a tote bag or apron. 

I'll let you know how this goes! 

"Blush" 7 x 7 (including text) downloadable print
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Framing suggestion by

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rembrance, Yellow Roses

"Remembrance" 5 x 7" oil on canvas
Shown with a virtual gold frame, black or white would also work

I haven't been painting much...well, actually, not at all. I don't know why I find it so difficult to do,but today I tried bribing myself. I promised myself if I painted I could go to Bliss Frozen Yogurt and have a treat. Sad, isn't it?

These roses were on the dining room table at my daughter-in-law's this spring for Mother's Day. Of course, I had to take a picture. I started the painting about 2 or 3 months ago and lost interest. So today I decided it was time to finish it.

I've been spending my time on Colored Pencil Society of America activities, taking classes in Microsoft Office - yes, it looks like I will need to be employed. I'm hoping for part-time or temporary so I can paint and travel a little.

So now I'm off to Bliss! I'll have to think of a new bribe, frozen yogurt every day will not be a good thing.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Surface - 1.5" Cradled Panel Needs No Framing

"Wild Cherry"
4 x 4 x 1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
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The wet paint is giving off a little glare.

I taped around the edges to keep it clean.

Back of painting. Can hang on a nail or sit on a shelf without easel.

When I was in Santa Fe I noticed much of the contemporary art is on cradled board. I really like the look although the cradled boards are more expensive.  I can see where it would be great for buyers since they now don't have to worry about a frame or an easel.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Painting Two Days in a Row!

4 x 4" Oil on Gessobord
Going to Michigan
Can I make it 3 days in a row tomorrow?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunflower Painting - More Experimenting with China Marker

6 x 6" Oil on Gessobord (with Black China Marker)
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I began this painting several months ago and had no focus to concentrate on the complex (for me) shapes. So I put it away. I got it out today to experiment with the black china marker.

First I sanded the old painting to get ride of the ridges from the earlier painting. Then I drew a loose sketch over the old painting with the china marker and once the shapes were established I could then focus on the colors.  The appearance would give one a feeling of opaque watercolor, pen and ink.

Once the painting is dry it will get a coat of varnish to protect the surface.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ruby Red 2 and Leaning to the Abstract

"Ruby Red 2"
8 x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel

Last week I spent a couple of days in Santa Fe with JunieB and we did the Canyon Road gallery walk. We were looking for inspiration, a spark of creativity to fill up my parched well.  We were there in 2006 and it seemed there was a lot of traditional art - realism, impressionism. This time however it seemed color and contemporary art was the art du jour.

There seemed to be new textures - torn canvas wrapped on a support, tea bags, old ledger sheets, old sewing patterns. It was fascinating!

I took notes and hit Meininger's Art store when I came home. I bought oil bars by Winsor & Newton Oil Art Bars, china markers, and various other new fun things.

This painting was a makeover of an older painting, just for an experiment, but I loved playing with the abstract shapes and the lines of the marker.

A new path to travel for a few miles.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Iterations of Peach

"Peach on Wednesday"
4 x 4" oil panel
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"Go Into the Light"
4 x 4" oil on panel
"Turquoise Peach"
4 x 4" oil on panel

 I have a peach reference that I paint from time to time. I'll show it below. It's interesting that it's always a "different" painting in the end, depending on where I am personally and in my quest for technique to lay paint on the canvas.  The oldest one was more about color, the next one was more about form and realism, and the one from today is about having fun putting the paint down and moving it around.  I attempt to bring more to the painting than just the "thing" itself.  Otherwise, a photo would do nicely.

I hope you've enjoyed the mini journey.

Reference for Peach