Thursday, January 19, 2017

wonderful things

Wonderful things are happening in my studio and elsewhere! I've had time to start a new series of paintings and I'm working with my first artistic love...clay. When I was a little girl I would make little mud and clay houses for my little play toys. .......That sculptural sensation has never left me...over the years I've made custom clay houses, tile compositions, little weird people, balloons with gondolas, succulent slab pots, and other assorted oddities. I just signed up for a ceramics studio class where I can build to my hearts content...feels good to mold and shape and fire things again! 

New workshops are coming up in April and May in Portland, Minneapolis, and Baja, Mexico. Sign up soon! Space is limited and you don't want to miss these opportunities! 






Saturday, December 31, 2016

Travels in 2016

I've made a list of my travels this year...wow! ...what an adventurous year. 


May the new year be wondrous and good...  
Live the Life....Viva la Vida

Glendora Mountains, CA

Joshua Tree, California 

Minneapolis,  Minnesota







August Phoenix, Arizona 



 Some demos and journal posts......










Rancho Bellota, Baja Mexico 



 Asheville, North Carolina



 September            My niece's wedding near Arezzo, Italy


Italian Coast and Southern France Plein Air painting with my friend Deena for 8 glorious days


Paris in September

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September Dufort, Southern France


October- November               San Miguel de Allende Mexico 







Whew....are you tired yet? 
Happy New Year!




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Revisiting Jake

This is Jake. Jake is one of the happiest dogs I know. Jake loves to run in the park while my friend Karin and I walk. Jake is very funny. He wiggles with excitement when Karin gets him on his leash for our walk. He talks to us...not really barking...just dog speak. Jake makes me laugh!



I started this demo a long time ago when I taught a workshop using Masa paper. I glued the  wet crumbled paper down to a canvas and let it dry. Jake was already drawn out with pencil before the paper was glued down. I added the plants and his name with a bone after the paper had dried onto the canvas. Then it was time to paint him with watercolor layers. Some collage pieces were glued down to add textures. I also added the numbers because Jake's Mom Karin is a retired accountant. 



I added some native grasses with negative painting behind the green plants....Jake likes to run through the grasses....I'm always worried that he will pick up some poison oak but he seems to just not be affected by it...

       
I also added pen lines on his fur and leash for detail. 
      

Jake is almost finished! He'll get a varnish layer with Golden Gloss Soft Gel and Golden Water-based varnish. Here's the tutorial. The isolation coat is the soft gel. The tutorial mentions that it is for acrylics only but I paint it on the watercolor slowly, shape by shape , so the colors do not spread. This  2 part process will seal the watercolor so the painting can be hung on the wall without framing. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Patterns from France

This is so long overdue but I had to share...
I took literally thousands of photos while on my European trip this past September. 
Today I'd like to share some patterns that I loved.....enjoy....