Monday, September 8, 2014

Picture Shelves!

Hooray! I did it!  Finally tackled it myself and got  my picture shelves from Ikea up in the studio.  That space was so plain I needed some color up there.  Are they perfect? ahhh, no but they are up and I cleared off the top of the flat files.  Hooray!

Also got the last side of the peg boards up in the closet and then did a little more organizing.  Ready, set……ART!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to Class


Tomorrow starts another 10 weeks of teaching my monoprint class.  These works I did as an example for my students to show the value of working in a series and pushing the design and the plate to see where it will go.  The pods were cut out of manilla file folder and yes, I am a little nuts! I then inked the plate and placed the inked pods on top and got the green print.  When the pods were removed from the plate they left behind the green ink that was under them. I flipped the plate added more ink to it and the pods and ran a second print.           

Then without washing off the plate I added some lines with the side of my brayer and re-inked the pods to get the blue plate.  The next print has the other pods added with more ink.  On the final plate I cut the  stem of the blue pod and added it to the top left.  These five prints were made on the same plate which was not washed or wiped down in between prints.  I call this "pushing the plate".  You can see all the ghost pods and images in the background.  Pushing the plate in a series is fun and you never know where it will take you!
5.5" x 11" Monoprints

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing with Kandinsky

A few weeks ago after looking at some of Kandinsky's work we started this project.  This is Sarah's painting which she chose to draw the circles and paint the outer square first, leaving the centers white.  Then Monday she started painting in all the circles in circles but as you can see her imagination and creativity took over.  Great job Sarah!

16" x 20" canvas board
Acrylic craft paint

This is Jessica's painting and she decided to paint solid squares the first week and then circles on top when she came back.  When she returned I told her she could go right and paint in the circles or she could turn left and just play with the squares.  Adventurer that she is she decided to go left and fill the board with collage and pearl white paint.  Wonderful work Jessica!

16" x 20" canvas board
Acrylic craft paints and collage

Monday, August 4, 2014

More Zen Play

I started this one as a little continuous line leaf drawing, then added some fescu curlies and decided to keep it simple.

At our last Zentangle group, Virginia had a couple of pages where she had used a rubber stamp and then filled in around it with lines and zentangles.  On this one I stamped the two circle designs and then added the hand drawing around it.  It was a very fun exercise.

The idea for this one Sharla found on pinterest.  Sorry I don't have the original artist name.  It was confusing, hard to not get lost but a very fun challenge.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zen Moments

There always seems to be some time for Zen moments.  I keep an old 3.5" flopping disk holder with some Zentangle tiles and a pen in my purse so if I have a quiet moment I am ready! A moment here, a moment there gets the job done.

This one I finished at the car dealership and gave it to Earl who took very good care of me. He thought it was very cool and said his 21 year old daughter was into drawing.!

Last time at ZenFriends we talked about stretching ourselves and pushing a favorite tangle in a new direct and explore the possibilities. On these two tiles I played with a new approach to "hollibaugh". Over and under…….duck, here comes another line.

3.5" x 3.5" Zentangle Tiles

Monday, June 30, 2014


On Saturday I joined a tour through Laguna Nursery with Ruben Flores to Lotusland in Montecito by Santa Barbara.  Lotusland is a spectacular private botanical garden that is open to the public by reservations.  The story of the gardens and Ganna Walska is quite interesting and the grounds are fantastic.  We had a great guide and the weather could not have been more perfect.  The metal figure on this page was not at the gardens but at Laguna Nursery.  I sketched it after my mimosa and before getting on the bus.  It was a long day but well worth it and it felt good to get out there and do a little sketching again.

The actual tour moved too fast to sketch as we tried to cover the 18 acres but after lunch we had some time so I managed to get a few things down. This page is a compilation of some things I found interesting.  The bird is from the Japanese garden, some plants from the bromeliad area and the interesting shaped flat stones were  almost planted themselves as they stood upright is their own garden.  Fabulous!

Robert Bateman Sketchbook
5" x 7"
Pen and Watercolor

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday Art Day with Sarah

On Monday Sarah came over for art day. We took a piece of watercolor paper and put two different widths of white artist tape on the paper to make windows.  In these windows Sarah experimented with watercolors, playing with wet in wet, dry brush and salt techniques. When it was dry she used a black gel pen to play with design.  Awesome job Sarah!

9" x 12" Watercolor Paper
Watercolors and Ink

Monday, June 16, 2014

Art Day with Jessica

Jessica finished this painting today in our fun art day class.  A few weeks ago I had her draw a picture from her imagination and she came up with the real world meeting her fantasy land. Nice work Jessica!

9" x 12"
Pen and Watercolor