Friday, June 27, 2014


Golden Blooms

Well, it is Friday today and it has been a nice relaxing week now that school is over and I could be out and about without worrying about being home at a specific time. Next week camp begins. I will have early days since the pool hours change and I need to swim very early in order to get my swims in.

The bathroom is finally being remodeled so the bedroom is a bit of a disaster but it just encourages me to stay in my studio and work! Which is exactly what I have been doing. I even sold two of the paintings I made this week. A lovely reward for my work.....

I have been trying out different surfaces for my acrylic work besides paper. I like the Ampersand gesso board but I don't like the idea that the pieces have to be framed. I really like the cradled birch panels but those seem very pricey to me, so I decided to go back to my trusty old favorite, canvas! The above painting is done on canvas. Back when I first started painting I worked on canvas exclusively although I stretched my own. I don't have the space for that anymore so I am purchasing these lovely pre-stretched ones from Blick. I like the way the back is finished so that it is neat and tidy and doesn't show too many staples. I can paint the sides to match the piece and therefore the piece does not have to be framed. Framing can be a huge expense as well as a big pain. All that measuring............

Anyway, if you are interested in purchasing a piece from me, let me know. I am adding a button here in case anyone would like this particular piece above. I am selling these small ones (8" x 8")on canvas for $60.  I stopped using my Etsy store. It wasn't working that well for me and it was costing me too much money to list things just to have them sit around for four months and expire.

On the blog it doesn't cost me anything to list it. If it sells it sells and if not, it goes on top of the piano, where I display my small pieces. Although I have to admit that there is less and less room on the piano!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Art and Transitions

Silver Flowers With Stripes

I am still enjoying making these "blown flowers". They look very real to me even though they are completely abstract. I did try blowing with the canned "air" but I came to realize that it is really canned gas and is quite dangerous. In fact while I was using the can to make flowers, some of the gas liquified on the outside of the can and I got it on my fingertips. As soon as I realized it, I went in the bathroom and washed my hands for 15 minutes per the instructions. I worried all day that I had given myself frostbite which can happen with that stuff! I threw the can away after that. I try not to have anything toxic in my studio and that stuff felt too scary to me.

Anyway, I like the control I get with just blowing through a straw. Although you really have to stop often as you can get very lightheaded from all the blowing.

The blue in the center stripe is created with a black under painting with interference blue over it. Interference colors are quite interesting and something new for me. I really love all the metallics!

On a slightly different note, my grandson graduated from middle school last night. This is quite a huge milestone for us. He is really growing up fast now. I did get a little teary eyed at one point I must say. We have come a long way together he and I.

Well, enjoy your weekend. Summer is finally here and I couldn't be happier about it!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blown Flower Series

Blown Flowers
This is another flower painting I did from the blown flower series I am working on from my recent class. I really like the technique and would like to try it with some of the high flow acrylics to see the differences in the two types of paint. I haven't yet tried the technique with the canned air but that is next on my agenda. I have to say that all that blowing through a straw can be a little tiring!

This painting made it onto Flickr Explore which was a lovely surprise!

I am glad that I am back to painting flowers again. I stopped a few years ago to work on landscapes but the flowers seem to be coming back and it feels right.

This is the last week of school. I will be so happy when my grandson is at camp and I no longer have to be the homework nag! It is exhausting. Last night he had a ton of sex education homework to do. Luckily his uncle, my son, was here to save the day and have all those discussions with him. I couldn't have done it myself! It was very graphic!

Camp will be a nice break for both of us!

Thursday is his graduation from middle school. Next year high school. Who could have imagined....

Friday, June 13, 2014

Not Another Class!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I am afraid it is true. I have taken yet another online class! I know I said I was taking a break but this one was too good to pass up. I have taken previous classes with Carla Sonheim but this one was with Diane Culhane. There were so many new techniques in the class I don't know which one to do first! One of the really big take-aways I got from the class was to use a gessoboard or a birch board as your palette. At the end of your painting session be sure and spread out the lumps of paint and in the end you have a nice abstract board to begin painting on rather than a blank white one. Very helpful if you are like me and get intimidated by the blank white board.

These flowers are done using a blown paint technique. You can use either a straw or a canned gas like you would use on a computer keyboard for cleaning. I just blew and blew and blew.

I like the abstract quality of the flowers yet they still read as flowers.

Well, back to work and have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Still at It!

Plant on a grid  
I haven't painted any real plants in a while so I thought I would give it a try with my new found acrylic skills. This has a lot of metallic paint in it which you can't really see too well but it really gives it a nice glow in person.

This is an orchid plant that keeps on thriving no matter what I do or don't do to it. The orchids fell off a while ago but I do like the leaves and stem. I made up the bud/seedpod thingy since that is what I do...I have a hard time sticking to reality.....Hmmm. What does that say about me I wonder?