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Still working small...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I'm still working on the SmallWorks series while working large at the same time.  I'm finding that working on more than one piece works for me.  I've got enough room in my studio for two and that's it.  Actually, I'm pushing it...I'm a little tight on space at home. 

The above is watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame. 

Right now, I'm still fighting a cold...I'm hacking like a TB I think Bob and I are staying home for the holiday.  I wouldn't want to pass these cooties to anyone. 

Have a happy, holiday everyone!

SmallWorks-Mixed Media Mini Painting

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm STILL working on the SmallWorks series...that's any piece that is under 8x10.  It's hard for me to work this small but it's paying off.  Everyonce in a while I do a mini and an ideal brews...or a full conceptual impression takes place.  Then poof...I'm off to do a much larger piece, one that is much more detailed...once that doesn't make me where reading glasses to create. :-) 

I have a goal to create 300 of these mini pieces.  I am approaching my return to painting like I started lampworking.  Somebody once gave me some good advice regarding size, balance, and heat control.  The person told me to take a weekend and make spacers all day, for two days.  They told me when I was done, I would understand how to make a balanced, uniform bead.  They were right.  So in a way, that's how I'm painting.  I am going to paint 300 of these small works if it kills me or puts me on psych drugs. 

Some folks say that art shouldn't be pushed...I say, if I can't push it, then I can't do art.  Art is more than a hobby for's who I am.  It's about being creative but it's also about being disciplined and pro-active. Art is also a business.  Any artist that is self-representing is also a business person...which is hard.  The art work is only one part of the puzzle...there's also marketing, packaging, shipping (if online), booking show and events, all the paperwork and the list goes on.  There's also knowing your raw materials.   A lot of things have changed in 20 or so years...there's all sorts of kewl stuff out there.  So I've got a lot of experimentation and reading to do. :-) 

The above is a combo account of printmaking, watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame.  I've used both metallic and iridescent mediums to add texture and to reflect the light.

Later Gators...I'm off to the studio!

Mini Mixed Media-Smallworks

Saturday, November 20, 2010
I've been working on lots and lots of 5X7's.  The below is a combo account of printmaking, watercolor, acrylic paint, and ink on Arches 140lb paper.  It has been matted to fit a 5X7 frame.  I've used both metallic and iridescent mediums to add texture and to reflect the light. Too bad the scanner didn't do a great job of picking the highlights up.

All in all, I'm enjoying this Smallworks series. 

Have a happy, creative day!

On a Wire I-Mini Series-Smallworks Mixed Media

Friday, November 19, 2010
Beginning of a new series from my Smallworks, called On a Wire.  They are small, 5X7 matted...they fit right into a 5X7 frame, easy peasy.  They are made to hang in groups, so I will do several small series.  
I've used watercolor, ink, and acrylic on Arches 140 lb paper.  I've been playing with 300 lb paper but I'm finding that the pieces really need to be over 8X10 or it's a PITA to frame.  Just too thick with a mat. 

Today, I got an order from Clearbags...yep, supplier   I've now got enough mats, backboards, and bags to create 400 Smallworks.  That's a lot of mini paintings. I figured, if I was going to do this, I am going to do this. :-)  I got a great deal on the mats but I needed to pick up the backboards and bags. I've also got two shows scheduled for next year. Both one woman, me.  One in January and the other in March.  So I really need to also start working on some of my larger pieces.  I've recently gotten into 12X24 and 20X20 cradle boards.  Now I've got to get the pictures done.

The thing is, I really like this smaller pieces...not as much in the way of painting the piece, but I can scan them and don't have to find the camera. :-) 

Ok...have a happy, creative day!

Mixed Media Paintings...Hands Update

Friday, November 12, 2010

I’m still really digging cradle boards…they work very well for the work that I’m doing.  I’ve got one more 8 X 8 then I’m starting on the 12 X 24.   There's a lot of metallic...they look great on a light colored wall...but I'm not getting great photos of them though. 

Now for the hands info.  Ya know, if I don’t get back to lampwork-back on the torch- soon…I’m going to roll my self in bubble wrap and mail my self to a psych ward. 
Anyway, I can slowly go back on the torch in a week or so.  It will be several months before my paws really get better.  It will be up to a year until I have a full recovery.  Yep, I really wanted to hear that.  Both my median nerves were severely compressed.  Since I had sudden onset, it was traumatic.  So it’s going to take a while.  I really can’t whine that much, it’s only been a couple weeks since my left wrist was surgerized and it’s been around a month for my right.  I’ve still have several weeks before the tenderness goes away BUT it still feels better than pre-surgery.

Later Gators!

Minds Eye Series-New Mixed Media Painting

Monday, November 08, 2010

I’m starting to work small, 8 X 8, which is hard for me. I want to do a mini series, call Mind’s Eye. I like the metallic favor of the piece. After that, I think I will move on to larger pieces.

I did find a new paint support called cradle boards. They are basically like a stretched canvas except instead of canvas, tung wood is used.  What I really like about them is that it gives the paint a different look.  Plus the smaller sizes give a tile theme to the work.  They really don't need a frame and they are much more stable than even canvas.  The price is about the same for decent canvas but I just like the feel of them. 

I get to see the Doc on Wednesday to see if I can go back to lampworking. I doubt it will be back to the number of hours pre-surgery but it still would be nice to light up a torch again.

Later Gators!


New Work...Abstract in Acrylics...Hands Update

Thursday, November 04, 2010
My stitches are out of my left hand!  I still have restrictions but things are getting better.  There is something to be said for being able to wash my hands...for not having to place a plastic bag when I shower.  Anyway, my left hand feels pretty much like a normal hand again...I'm still having issues with my right but it's only been three weeks since surgery.

The below is a piece that I currently was an experiement and one that I'm glad I did..but it's not a style that I want to keep working with.  The section of the painting that I would like to explore is the circles...and the shapes...but it's color that I'm not pleased with.  

I do not have the patience for oils…I don’t like pastels, it feels funny on my hands…and I’m finding that I’m not that hot on tempera either. I still like watercolor but it’s going to be a while until I can focus on what watercolor can do. I found acrylic!

The below is what I  want to explore has a large amount of metallic accents, which is hard for the camera to pick up. 

I’ve been trying out all sorts of acrylic paint. Acrylic, for me, is the most versatile and suits my style of creative juices. They are easy to clean up from and they don’t smell!!! I’ve tried Golden, Liquitex, Winsor, Graham, and Matisse. I’m finding that I prefer Liquitex Heavy Body and any type of Golden. I do like Winsor’s gel mediums though. I also like metallic for accents; Liquitex is my pref there.

For washes, I’m finding that I prefer the student grade of Liquitex called Basics. I had to do a lot of research on this idea. I found out that the professional grade Liquitex has a longer shelf life, had more color for the dollar, and doesn’t yellow…so on and so on. It’s professional grade and has all the expected standards. I also found that all student grades aren’t created equal. Liquitex Basics contain the same binders and the professional grade but contain a lower pigment load. That’s mostly likely why I like them for washes.

Tonight, I'm going to the's First Friday tomorrow so I've got to setup and clean up. 

Later Gators!

Hand Update and new abstract painting

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I’m still healing…getting better but sometimes it’s rather frustrating. I still can’t really wash my hands because I still have stitches and a large dressing on my left hand. It doesn’t seem like this is a big deal but it is. It’s hard to do daily life…it’s also boring. I still can’t lampwork yet. I still have a 2 lb weight limit on my right hand.

So to keep myself from going crazy, I’ve been working on 2-D. The process isn’t that much different from pottery…or fiber…or jewelry design…or glass (lampworking). The raw materials are different and that is a learning curve for me. One that I’m taking very seriously…one that has unlimited options. The inspirations, the creative juices, and the adventure are the same.   I've found that I like mixed media, abstract, and metallic accents.  Plus of course, color.  I don't enjoy working  impressionism nor realism.  I kinda like fauvism but I'm leaning more towards abstraction and abstract.

I've found that I don't really like working on canvas.  Beats me why either.  I know it's the trad, it's easy to find, and has lots of options to it.  I know I like paper but it's really not suited for some of the wet media that I enjoy.  So I will be experimenting with multimedia artboards...cradled painting panels which are illustration board.  Illustration board is kinda of a mystery to me.  So I'm going to try out Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board for Wet Media first. Which is kinda of a PITA to find.   I'm hoping that one of the three does it for me.  If not, I will keep looking. 

The above is my first canvas's 11 X 14 inches. I used acrylic and different mediums to create texture.  The pic doesn't show well the different metallic washes that I used but that's to be expected. 

The focus right now is what I call bathroom art...experiments that I can used in my bathroom. :-)

I'm off...gotta get some things done.  Tomorrow, I get the stitches out and this dressing off my left hand.  I can't wait but I also know that my hand will feel like jello the next couple of days as well.

Later Gators,