Friday, August 22, 2014

Oil and Cold Wax

I have been playing with oil and cold wax the past couple of weeks. It's hard to know when to quit, the medium is so pliable and easily modified. I have several paintings that I started at Ghost Ranch in October last year. In start, I mean they have tons of layers and texture and and marks, but they just haven't felt finished. So, I am working on them and trying to bring some closure! This one is small, but I think it is done now. Maybe!
Window Replacement
8" x 8"
Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In Stitches

Breaking Boundaries is a Southwest Watercolor Exhibition for artwork created outside the traditional. Although I have been pushing that limit for a while by adding collage and all types of marking tools, I decided to add thread! First, I tore up some small acrylic sketches, painted more swatches, and then glued them onto 140 lb watercolor paper. After it dried, I added marks, with ink, Caran d'Ache, pencil, pastel, whatever I grabbed. Lastly, the fun part. I stitched through the layers of paper with my sewing machine. The challenge was rolling the large paper and turning it to go under the needle in all directions! Without breaking the needle, no less! Machine Quilting on paper! My dear friend, Kris! I thought of you and your gorgeous quilts you have created with your sisters!

Breaking Boundaries will be open at The Arts Gallery at Collin County Community College, Springcreek Campus August 21 through September 12. I am anxious to see all the rules we have broken! What fun!

In Stitches
32" x 38"
Mixed Media, plus Stitches

Monday, August 11, 2014


I love to study artists who are in the past, present and future. Sometimes I try to emulate something they have done that I love. And in the end, it usually doesn't look like them, and I am not sure who it looks like, but since I did it, I am thinking it must look like mine.
But today I pay homage to Richard Diebenkorn. I love both his Ocean Park series and his Berkley Years series. He uses color and shapes in a way that intrigue me and I plan to learn more about his techniques!
Diebenkorn Influences
8" x 10"

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Turquoise Monotype

The monotype was created with Akua inks over a mesh that came from a straw or jute like bag.
Precious daughter-in-law Julie gave me several of these little bags and they have been so fun to work with. The mesh is pliable and it allows the grid to be stretched and adjusted, not just perfectly straight and aligned for my usual right brain tendencies. I need to find more of these little treasures!
Turquoise Mesh
7 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Photo Intaglio on Handmade Paper

This print was created from a photo taken in Marfa, Texas a few years ago. The old hotel has been redone and the old bicycles parked at the rack seemed so appropriate.
The paper was handmade by my instructor, Jeff Hirst and has a wonderful texture! Too bad I don't have a stash of it!!
Marfa, TX
5" x 7"
Photo Intaglio on Handmade paper