Thursday, July 2, 2020

Find me on Instagram

To see what I have been working on lately click here on my Instagram account. It is where I post all my work now.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 8, 2020

Lately I have been framing some of these paintings. Although this is just a mock up, they do look good. It is hard to take a photo of them with all the glare from the glass. So the mock up will have to suffice for online selling.

I have started listing these in my Etsy shop. It has been a while since my shop was last open and so it is like starting over. But I may as well give it a try.

In other news, this week I am signed up to take a workshop with Donna Watson. It is called "Wabi Sabi" of course! I have long admired Donna's work and so this will be a very exciting class to take. Although, it will be a long day. The classes start at 9AM and go until 5 PM. Almost like work! It has been quite a while since I put in a full day like that. But I am sure it will be fun! Today I began packing up all my supplies! Don't want to forget anything!

So I am looking at a very busy week but it should be fun!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

Catalinas With Feather
I recently found out that this piece has been accepted into a show in Silver City, New Mexico! It is currently at the framers getting all dolled up for its debut!

I am very excited as this is my third group show out here now and I am feeling much more confident. I think it is important to remember that in order to be considered for a group show here I need to apply to the right ones. By that I mean shows where my work is a good fit with the other pieces in the show. And so I have started really being thoughtful about which shows I enter. It seems to be working!

For this show I have to submit a bio, a resume and and artist statement. So today I have been busy putting all that together.

My husband and I have decided to take the opportunity to drive out there and stay for the weekend at at a lovely lodge. It will be our very first real road trip here. As you know most of our "road trips" have involved planes flying back east, so this will be something new for us. It is also my husbands birthday that weekend so it will be very special indeed! We are looking forward to the show and a trip to New Mexico. The last time I was in New Mexico was in the 1970's when we camped in a teepee in Taos!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The New Year

Mission with Grasses
I am still mono printing like a crazy person! I just love these small prints with a mix of hand made masks and real plants. I think they work really well together and give the work some depth.

Lately I have been doing a lot of walking. I think I never mentioned that I fell off my bike after getting dizzy from over exertion. I was very lucky that I did not break anything. But I had enough scrapes and bruises to let me know that my body was trying to tell me something. It isn't the first time I have gotten dizzy while riding but it is the first time I fell off.

I miss my bike terribly but I am finding that I enjoy walking. I never really walked much before so it is new to me to be walking 3-5 miles a day. I am enjoying taking in the surroundings in a new way. Riding is great fun but you do tend to whiz past everything. Walking really gets you to look and see things.

So I hung up my bike helmet......sigh.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Shop Opening

Pink Sky
I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop after a rather long hiatus. I had closed it when I made my move out west but I have had some folks express interest in purchasing some of my newest prints so I decided to re-open the shop. I had looked around for some other ways to sell but most web sites charge a monthly fee and I do not sell enough to make that worthwhile. Etsy only charges a nominal listing fee and then takes a small percentage of the sales. It is still the best deal for someone like me who sells intermittently.

So we shall see how it goes. You never know when one is going to sell! And they are piling up! I do love printing so much. And the hand coloring gives me a chance to paint again.

Here are a few more that I have listed in the shop:

Grasses with Moon
Mission with Feather

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hand Coloring Monoprints

Tree with Moon
One of the things that bothers me about print making is all the bad prints you have to suffer through before you get to the good stuff! For every 20 prints say, you might get 2 or 3 good ones. No kidding. That is a lot of wasted paper. Seriously.

The other day I was reading one of the blogs I subscribe to here and the artist mentioned hand coloring the ghost prints as an option for rescuing them. So I thought I would give it a try! Here are a few. Some more successful than others.

Moon with Mission Church
She suggested hand coloring them with watercolor but I did not get a good result with those. The paper became quite warped and the color was very drab. It became absorbed into the paper. Not good.  So I thought I would try just using the Golden Open Acrylics. I think they worked really well. I just had to make sure I used a lot of acrylics glazing liquid so that the underneath print shows through. I think this technique has a lot of possibilities.

A couple more:

Tree with Yellow Moon

Grey Mountains

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monoprinting Mania

Tree With Moon

Moon With Mountains

Slowly but surely I am beginning to understand the order in which I need to lay down my masks in order for my landscapes to look correct. In printing everything has to be done backwards and it isn't always easy to think that way. It is so different than painting.

This plant, which is called the Mexican Bird of Paradise, really does look like a tree when you print with it. I love the way it prints and gives such nice texture. Many of the plants I have been picking lately have not been working well for this process. They are either too soft and floppy or they just don't have good vein structure. There really is no way of knowing until you actually print with them, Also, color makes a difference. This is Carbon Black with the addition of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. A lovely mixing color!

I am enjoying the process of printing and I am going through quite a bit of paper! I bought two reams of cheap drawing paper so that I could feel free to experiment without worrying too much about paper costs.