Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day at the Beach

Hot as Hades here the last couple of days so we decided to take our dog Jack to the beach to cool off. Beautiful breeze & good surf all day. Took  a cooler with drinks and lunch.  There was a low tide so walked for miles. Really nice day!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Warm Orchid

I just finished this painting today (I think!?). It is upside down but I kind of like it.  I drew  orchids on a piece of Arches, then wet the paper and poured Cad. yellow, Opera Rose & Cobalt (in that order) onto the paper. While it was still wet I sprinkled salt & splattered alcohol. After it dried I painted the parts of the flowers that remained.  I then tinted gesso and made the opaque shapes. There is also a bit of stenciling using the tinted gesso. The final step was adding the gold paper geometric shapes.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Contour drawing

Here is a contour drawing in pen of a black and white image which I embellished with pattern. Another neat technique I picked up in my summer journaling class. I viewed the image upside down as I drew trying not to lift my pen (Hard to do!). I then used random words provided by the instructor to compose a poem.

Drifting journey look deeper
Wonder why today is twisted
And yesterday invisible.
What is real now old heart?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Orchid Morph

I took a class this summer and learned some new techniques to make my journal entries more interesting and fun! I started this piece by first painting a page with black gesso (I know, it was the first time I'd ever heard of it too!) Then I tore a white page out & divided it into quarters and drew an orchid. Next I extended the petals onto the black page morphing them to look like ribbons. I really like the way the morphed petals glow on the black page.  Colored pencils are sooooo relaxing!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, Calif.

I had a great day visiting the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, Calif. with a fellow artist &  friend ( This outdoor festival has been going on for 80 years and includes a diverse mix of really exceptional artists. I particularly liked the Mixed Media & Assemblage pieces that used found objects.  This is a photo of part of a watercolor painting that looks like a collage! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Journal Painting

I walk in a very large and beautiful park close to home.  Here is a quick  journal painting I made sitting by the pond on Saturday.
 It was done as a panoramic view in a small spiral journal with a pan watercolor set.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Just returned from the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League ( Opening & Reception.  Two of my abstract paintings were accepted & one received an Honorable Mention.  Needless to say I was very pleased as this was my first show & award!