Sunday, February 23, 2020

"In Another Land"

"In Another Land", 8"x10", mixed media on wood panel. It is getting a coat of shiny pouring medium tonight.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Small Paintings on the Wall

Three 4"x4" pieces displayed on the wall.  Top to bottom: "Hottie", "Lurker", and "Coolth".

Friday, February 21, 2020


This is the third of three 4"x4" acrylic/mixed media on wood pieces. There may be more layers once this one cures, I don't know

"Birthday Party"

"Birthday Party" 
Here is another 6"x6" piece. Again the collaged bits are watercolor paper with my leftover acrylic paint daubed on it randomly. This will be getting a coat of acrylic pouring medium today, which gives it a glossy look.

"Litter" and "Stained"



These two pieces are based upon The sidewalk with its speckles and stains, with grass next to it. Of course the colors are not naturalistic, but that is not important to me. 10"x10", mixed media on cradled wood.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sidewalk I, in Progress

The beginning of a painting, on the left, is done from the photo of sidewalk pavement, above. The leaf shapes are cut from watercolor paper that I used to dispose of leftover paint from other projects.

My Pouring Setup

This is my pouring box, with palette paper on the bottom to catch any interesting drips to use as skins. It looks wonky, but I added leveling feet to the table, and checked the panel. I am just horrible at taking photos that are square and straight. Hmmm.

Anyway, now I am ready to do more poured layers. I added painter's tape to the sides and underside of the cradled panel so that I can remove any runs and drips after I finish this piece. This was a full morning's work, but it will make future work much easier.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Today's Work

This lively abstract is in progress. It will dry and I have no way of knowing how it will look then, but right now it is spectacular. "Entities", 6"x6" Acrylic on gessobord panel.

 Boy, did this change! Yes, I added some paint, I admit it.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Today's Work - Alcohol and Acrylic Studies

Each of these paintings is 4"x4" on gessoed wood panels. I am learning how alcohol works on wet acrylic paint. The doughnut shapes are created with an eye dropper, and smaller shapes come from spritzing or toothbrush spattering.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Friday, February 07, 2020

Finding My Artistic Voice

"Globe Artichoke", 14"x14", gouache and acrylic on watercolor paper
For the past couple of months, I have been doing some form of artwork nearly every day. The purpose is to hone my skills and find my "voice".  I have experimented with many forms and processes in the past, and I want to take a new direction of some kind. It might be an old direction that is renewed. This is an old gouache painting that had a white background. It is hard to tell in this photo but the background is now purple.

Red Alcohol Study

Today I am experimenting, using acrylic with isopropyl alcohol. I will probably put a poured clear layer over this layer and decide later how to proceed. I have used alcohol to remove layers of paint before, but this is dripping it onto wet, thin paint. "Red Alcohol Study", 6"x6", acrylic on gessobord.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Winter Berries Study

"Winter Berries Study"
Bushes in our neighborhood have scant foliage and have, in this case, ripening fruits of some sort. I like how they are orange and turn black when they are ripe.
"Winter Berries Study", 6"x6", acrylic and charcoal on gessobord by Ampersand. unframed, $100. Contact me to purchase, at

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Today's Work on Crape Myrtle Pods

These are actually very small and dark brown. They are husks from the seed pods, which opened and spewed the seeds. Around here people do what is called "crape murder"; they cut the crape myrtles back so that they are small and covered with flowers. These are medium-sized trees when they are allowed to grow to their natural size. When they are cut back they get what look like arthritic knobs on the trunk and lower branches. Eventually people replace them with young ones that are still at the size people want. Ours are all trees.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Small Painting of the Day

"Magnolia Leaf", acrylic and charcoal on watercolor paper, 14"x14". I have been collecting dry leaves on my daily walks and magnolias have these large, leathery and varicolored leaves.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Crape Myrtle Pods

Crape Myrtle Pods

“Crape Myrtle Pods”, 24”x36”, acrylic and charcoal on canvas.
Against the sky, the delicate branches of the leafless crape myrtles hold onto their opened seed pod shells.

Today's Small Painting

Philodendron Leaves
The philodendron on the patio suffered during our winter storm recently, and the stems of these leaves broke at the trunk of the plant. Their dark green and reddish colors are very dramatic.
"Philodendron Leaves", acrylic on watercolor paper, 12"H x 9"W.