Friday, May 17, 2024

"Vesicas" Reworked

"Vesicas" has changed quite a lot since I did it in 2022. It is upside down now, and I painted over the collage elements. The colors are new, too. Acrylic and paper on cradled wood panel. In process.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

"Moon" Reworked

I had to rework this painting because some paint dripped on the face of it while I was painting the sides. I did not want to do anything to it, for fear of wrecking it. As it is, I like the direction that it took while I was working into it. It is not finished, because my eye cannot escape the white shapes that are nearly in the middle, but if I add some more high-key elements it should work out. I have to let this layer dry first. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 10, 2024

"Nion", The Ash Tree in Process

"Nion", 24x24, acrylic and collage on cradled wood panel, second and third layers.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

"Nion" First Layer

"Nion" or Ash Tree, is the fifth letter of the Ogham alphabet. The character is not in this painting yet; I am working on the composition. The painting is in acrylic on cradled wood panel, 24x24".

Saturday, April 27, 2024

"Nion", Common or Green Ash Tree -- Ogham Alphabet Series 5

Nion is the fifth letter of the Ogham Tree Alphabet, and it is associated with the ash tree. These gel prints are approximately 7x5". The ash tree is associated with vision, solitude, creativity and spirituality. I will be using one of these prints in a collage that includes the character Nion.

"Beith", Ogham Alphabet Series 1

Beith is the first letter of the Ogham Alphabet, and it is associated with the birch tree. I have chosen the paperbark birch for this small collage because it is a tree that grows abundantly in northern Wisconsin, where I grew up. It represents renewal and rebirth. This piece is 8x8", collage on cradled wood panel.


"Luis" Ogham Alphabet Series 2

"Luis", the Rowan tree, or Mountain Ash, is represented in this collage painting, 16x20", on canvas. The  Ogham character is shown in light blue-green. The meaning of this character is insight, protection and blessings. The tree leaves are brightly colored in the fall, and the red-orange berries are quite prominent. The leaves are compound, as are other ash species.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

"Fearn" Today

"Fearn", Alder, today. 30x30, acrylic and collage on canvas. Part of the Ogham Alphabet series. character Fearn placed on lower right.

"Saille", Willow, today, also 30x30", Saille character place on upper left.


Placement of Ogham letter

I am looking at two options for placement of the Ogham alphabet character Luis in this collage painting of what is called the Mountain Ash in North America. I like the upper right much better in this case.


Friday, April 19, 2024

"Labyrinth Green Red"

"Labyrinth Green Red", 7x5", gel print with collage. Small sketchbook entry.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Ogham Tree Alphabet Paintings

I am working on this series, which will be around 23 paintings. Each one is a character in the Ogham Gaelic alphabet, and a tree. I started with Fearn, which is the alder. there are many species. then I did Saille, or Willow, and finally Luis, or Rowan. In the USA the rowan tree is known as the Mountain Ash.

Saille and Fearn

Recent Sketchbook Work April 2024


Sunday, March 24, 2024

"Full Moon"

Sketches using acrylic and collage on copy paper. These were later glazed with full-strength transparent paint.


Class Demos -- "Full Moon"

These are small paintings cut from one larger piece that I used to demonstrate how to start collage papers. They are about 7x5", acrylic and collage on mixed media paper.


"Blue Moon"

Acrylic and collage, done with prompts.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024


This is a small piece, 7x5", acrylic and collage on wood panel. Its size and the bold colors give a sense of playful intimacy. There are lots of segments in the imagery.


Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Modern Pigments

There are two important categories of pigments, modern and mineral, aka organic and inorganic. Traditional pigments were made from finely crushed rocks, combined with a medium such as oil, acrylic medium, and in the case of both watercolor and gouache, gum arabic. The modern or organic pigments were developed in chemistry labs. The organic pigments tend to be brighter and more transparent than the traditional inorganic pigments, and they retain their color even when mixed with each other, white or black. The pigments used in these sketches are: Naphthol Red Light, Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Light, Benzimidazalone Yellow Light, Azo Yellow Medium, Anthraquinone Blue, Phthalo Blue Green Shade, and Phthalo Green Blue Shade.

In the following sketches I used only modern pigments. I added a little of the main background color to each of the other 6 colors, to get them to harmonize. I did not use a lot of white, so these are very intense. I will do this kind of sketch with the other 4 pigments as well. In the red sketch, I used Hansa or Lemon Yellow, which is not very lightfast. In the other two sketches, I used Benzimidazalone Yellow, which is the recommended choice for a green-leaning yellow pigment that is lightfast.

Naphthol red mixed with the rest

Benzimidazalone yellow mixed with the other pigments

Anthraquinone blue mixed with the other pigments


Sunday, February 11, 2024

New Collage Sketchbook

 This is the cover of the newest collage sketchbook, made from one 22x30" sheet of watercolor paper, folded, cut and glued to make a thick-paged booklet. More to come as I get to them.

Anemone In Process

"Anemone", acrylic and collage on 10x10" canvas panel. In process.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Mooning I and II

 This pair have now been mounted on cradled wood panels. 6x6x 1-5/8"

Mooning I

Mooning I, side view

Mooning II

Mooning II, side view

Mooning I and II, side by side