Friday, February 16, 2018

Back on Track

Ok…trying to get back on track with art work and posting.  Yikes, I totally missed January!

I've still been working with my 5.5" x 14" monoprints and a permanent black pen.  These are very relaxing to play with and see where my pen in hand takes me.  Some of these prints were from fairly resent Monoprint Demos I had done at local art leagues and some were from just playing around and "pushing ink".

The "fish" print was made using some rubber cut stamps I made of the fish. They were inked and stamped onto the plate but then once printed they are reversed on the print. The top stamp is actually the word "fish" stylized to be a fish shape.

I think the feather print still needs some more work but I thought I would share it anyway.  I'll post it again when I add some more line work to it.

5.5" x 14" Monoprints and Pen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to All!
These little Gingerbread houses were my card for my Art Critique Group card exchange. It is about 5" x 10" and with the crease in the fold it will sit on a table or shelf.  I signed on the back just in case they wanted to use it again next year.
Watercolor and Pen

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cold Wax Workshop

 My workshop buddy, Sharla and I went to another fabulous workshop to explore something new to both of us, Cold Wax Oil Painting.  This was in San Luis Obispo and was led by Jerry McLaughlin who was very knowledgable, friendly, funny, hospitable and ok, he was just plain wonderful.
Here are four of my five pieces we worked on layering and scraping over the four days of learning the cold wax techniques.

12" x 16"

The first one has more of the feel of one of my monoprints and I liked the way the colors swirl around the piece.  This next one was a happy accident that I pushed into a new direction.  I had scraped through the layers to build up textures and then put another coat of white and turquoise wax on top which I didn't like so I decided to scrape it all off….and Voilá… adding a little more strategic turquoise this one was done.  It has a watery landscape feel to me.

12" x 16"

Then somehow or other I ended up in space.  After adding layers I scraped out the circle and then rolled a veil of red over part of the circle. Then placing a circle of wax paper over the scraped area I used a palette knife to add the black wax aura.  A couple of black lines balanced out the painting.

8" x 12"

I had also scraped the circle and lines out of this one and added the same idea of a black aura around the circle.  I was just about to throw the wax paper out when I notices the wonderful black wax from the aura technique and pressed it into the piece.  Using my little sticks from Sharla I added the black lines along the path through space.

12" x 16"

Check out Jerry at
There is also a wonderful book:
Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Doing what I Can…..

Still trying to get in some art here and there as my broken arm heals.  This is a ghost print of a monoprint plate done last semester.  A ghost is made by pulling a second print from a plate without adding thing else to the plate.  I had used some weeds to get the plant images on the first print and this is the ink that was left under those weeds when I removed then.  I then added my black pen and color pencils to add more interest to the print.

5.5" x 14" Monoprint
Pen and Color Pencil

Another monoprint which was just a two color background with a blue string placed on the plate.    I felt this was another fun one to get out my pen and play with Zentangle.  After I was finished with the pen it was rather flat so I added some white pencil to try and give it some depth.

5" x 5" Monoprint
Pen and White Pencil

This Zentangle was another one from my 5" Handbook that I found I had not shared yet.  Starting in the center I drew single Mooka style petals and added ink to the center to make the petals pop.  I felt it could use a border and I though Quabog would fit nicely!  I also really enjoy doing Quabog with the flow of a continual line.

5" Handbook and Pen

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Broken Summer

Broken as in arm complete with surgery! Don't try this at home or anywhere else for that matter! Lucky for me it was my left non dominant hand so some art is still happening but very limited.

This is a 5.5" x 14" monoprint that I had started some line work on and was able to finish with a slow but sure approach.  I used the new Tomboy Mono pens which worked very nicely on the water based inks.

My sister said it looks like jazz!

Monoprint and Ink Pen

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Left behind Zentangles

Finally finished my 5 inch Handbook of "On the Go Zentangles" and realized I hadn't posted a bunch of them.

These pages were filled at airports, doctor visits, ZenFriends meetings, quiet moments at home, while the grandkids are napping and when just waiting for whatever!

Here is an example of my unconventional borders.  Not symmetrical but frames or anchors the images nicely.  Many times, I will breakup the background of page of Zentangles which really ties the images together.

This one started out with an "almost border" as part of the design.  Great fun watching this one develop.  Just kept adding fescus ( the little curls) until it said, "Done"

More to come….

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Robots, Robots, Robots

 My grandson, Mason and I are pen pals, even though we live 20 minutes away from each other.  He loves snail mail! He sent me some artwork so I looked in my paper stash and found some Stonehenge print paper scraps.  Using a refillable marker I drew these two robots with High Flow Acrylic paint and mailed them to him with instructions from the robots to use his watercolors to paint them.  Because the lines are acrylic they will not smear when he adds the colors.

5" x 15"

I also posted the first two robots on face book and my niece thought they were very cool.  I asked if her son, my great nephew would like a robot…. I know silly question.  So these robots are on the Snail Mail Trail and on their way to Gavin.

 5" x 15" and 5" x 7.5"

I do have to say I really enjoyed using the refillable maker and drawing these guys.
Too much fun!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First Summer Art with Mason

Lucky me I got to play with my grandsons while mommy and daddy were out of town.  What fun and yes I was totally exhausted but ready to do it again!  While they were here Mason and I were able to get in a little art time while little brother napped.

I had drawn the black lines using a fillable maker with Golden high flow acrylic paint and then Mason and I had a great time adding all the beautiful bright watercolors.

Then he had a "great" idea and wanted a big butterfly cut out of the colorful paper.  The little hearts were cut out of the left over paper.  He loved the process of laying down the colors next to each other and watching the way they blended and mixed before our eyes.

Original paper 9" x 12"