Sunday, December 27, 2020


"Hieroglyphics I"


Still not quite finished, but moving along. this size takes a lot of paint and elbow grease to cover!


"Hieroglyphics I"


I will probably do more on this painting, though I do like it now. Each stage has its own magic.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Blue and Orange in process

Untitled 30"x40", acrylic on canvas


This is my first experiment with a larger scale version of my recent work. Very rough, but yummy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Bright and Wild


For this pair, I did an underpainting of pattern in translucent reds, oranges and opaque gold, and over that I have applied opaque teal. I outlined the shapes with teal on the one on the left. On the right, I used cut shapes of contact paper. I am developing signature shapes I really like.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

New Painting in Series

This will be the underlying pattern that will show through the areas not covered by the next layer of paint.

Saturday, December 19, 2020



To harmonize the colors in these pieces, I used a technique I learned from Nicholas Wilton. He said to mix a little bit of one of the colors you are using into each of the other colors, so they will automatically harmonize. I could not make out the underlying stamp shapes on what was the green-ish painting, or I would have painted them black. The Jenkins Green glaze was so dark the contrast disappeared. So I painted the entire background, and then did the same thing with the purple-ish painting. Strangely pleasing. Here is how they used to look:

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Logical Chaos


The chaos is still there, under everything, but these are interesting paintings in my opinion. I have been layering with transparent paint, and emphasizing the contrast bit by bit. 

Learning Curve


I used the contact paper again to make the new shapes, the spiral, the wavy line and the dots. Most of the underlying paint stayed in place, but I think that even though I did seal the painting before applying the Quinacridone Magenta, in the underlying collage, I may have incorporated some plastic that resists acrylic. Live and learn! Anyway, I like the paintings at this point and I will work on something else for a while, and see if I want to do more on them or not. 

Chaos Recovery

These two paintings were experimental. I had worked on them and disliked what I had done, so I put some zinc white on top, unevenly. Then I put lots of collage papers, acrylic skins, and deli papers onto the surface, ending up with this chaos.

So today I put some contact paper donuts onto the painting and applied a translucent paint, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, on top. Unfortunately, I had not sealed the underlying layers with acrylic medium, so the contact paper pulled up some parts of the underlying mess. Nevertheless, I definitely like them much better!


Saturday, December 12, 2020

In Process


I can't decide if I should start over on the purple-ish painting on the right. I like how the greenish one looks, and I interrupted work on these pieces to do my holiday cards. Have to meditate.

Studio Wall Today


The East wall of my studio today. I hung up some recent work plus the cards I have received in response to my postcards (on the right). I see a lot of similarities, though sometimes I can only see the differences. Lots of geometric shapes, and washes with the underlying colors exposed or glazed.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Trio of Collages

 These collage paintings are done on watercolor paper with paper that was printed with the gel plate, acrylic paint, stamping, and excess paint that is "offloaded" onto paper. they are smallish, and have no titles yet. I love seeing them together.

Holiday Cards

 I sent out 40-some postcards to friends and family with this design. I carved a rubber stamp in the leaves and berries design, stamped it onto watercolor paper with green acrylic paint, and once it was dry, I painted on it. Happy Solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever you personally celebrate at this sacred time of the year. 

Thursday, December 03, 2020


These are some of my hand-carved rubber stamps. Here is a tutorial on carving stamps:

John's Collage Card

This card, with its message that even these times will be over one day, is from John in Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Heart Chakra IV


This Heart Chakra version fairly explodes with energy. cheerful and energizing. It is 8"x8", acrylic and paper collage on handmade watercolor paper with deckle edge.

"Heart Chakra III"


Two versions of this collage have sold, and in case there are more people out there who want to have this blessed image on their walls, I have made another version. Each one is unique, made from the hand-painted collage papers I have on hand at the time.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Almost Complete Now ...

I started taking out the white because it seemed to distract, rather than add to the compositions. Not sure what else I will tweak. 

SO Close!

There are a few touchups and changes I want to make to this pair, but they are basically finished.


Sound the Horn! The Mail is In!

The top card is from my friend Joma, who lives somewhere in New Jersey. 

The bottom card is from my niece Jane, who lives in Milwaukee.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Paintings Progress

The top photo is too orange, and the bottom one is too green! I will try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

New Paintings

These two paintings are 16"x20", acrylic on canvas. There is a glare on the upper edge because of my lighting. These were inspired by one of the recent postcards I made. I love the intersection of the underlying shapes and the larger shapes formed by blocking out the red glaze. Fun to do, and fun to look at.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

New Postcards Today


The color scheme here is bold, to say the least. Orange, Red, teal and gold. Some say you have to have neutrals to make bright colors sing. I am not sure about that.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Holiday Sale on my Website ElleCoyote!

 "Cave Painting", 8"x10", acrylic on paper, is one of the small paintings on sale for the holidays. All works are $25 and under.

"Leafy" Series Now Available for Purchase on ElleCoyote!

These four small (6"x6") paintings are acrylic on wood panels. They look spectacular together, but each one has a unique quality and can stand alone. They can be purchased together or separately on my website.


Friday, November 13, 2020


These postcards seemed uncoordinated, so I put a layer of Quinacridone Gold on them to unify the images.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Heart in the Mail!

 This charming hand-crocheted heart bookmark was made and sent to me by my friend Lauren.  It is fun to get different mail responses. Let's get that mail humming!