Welcome to my art blog.
This is where you'll find some of the things I'm trying to accomplish... a little of this and that. Paintings, photography, collage and sewing...every artful endeavor helps me keep my sanity in this mixed up world.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
These guys seem like they're swimming in a big fishbowl. Just a little warm up exercise before starting another watercolor. The original is currently listed on Etsy (site whimrab) for some lucky person to grab.
I'm at about 205 in the number images I'm trying to keep stocked in my card inventory. Yikes! Where did all these paintings come from?
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This painting was done in transparent watercolor on 140-pound Arches cold-press paper as well as some black and white acrylic for the background and frog highlights. The fine lines on the leaves were made by gently scoring the first layer of paint, while it was still wet, with a blunt object (in this case, I used an embossing tool from my scrapbook supplies). When the second transparent layer is placed, the pigment settles into the lines and creates nice skinny lines that I could probably never do as well with a paintbrush. It's a cool trick. I like cool tricks.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The calendar says it's still winter and groundhog Phil has seen his shadow once again. Winter has it's own beauty of rich neutral hues of a deep sleep. The yard is alive with birds, squirrels and an occasional deer and bunny. Time to prune the roses back.
These are some tags from my reference photos I'm going to post on Etsy. They work as tags, bookmarks or a garland for cubicle or home.
Friday, January 27, 2012
After last week's arctic blast, I am so tired of cold and dark weather. I'm ready for Spring and am so happy to see signs of a little more daylight on both ends of the day. This little mixed media piece is my way of dreaming of spring. It has a gouache underpainting with pastel pencils and soft pastel on top painted on hot-press watercolor paper. Tulips always make me happy.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I've combed through my painting idea piles and prioritized the card projects that strike me as ones that will resonate with more than just me.
I've gotten my new-to-me Epson printer up and running to create archival prints.
I've completed several Christmas designs for next year, since I never seem to get them done in time for Christmas if I wait until the holiday season to start them.
Well, time to go feed the squirrels and birds.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I have a love-hate relationship with my computer when I use it to create artwork. Sometimes I do it, but there's a teeny, tiny voice inside my head that says "You're cheating, you know." Then why do I love seeing what fun new thing "Hal" comes up with using my artwork? I'll have to think about that.