Monday, May 17, 2021


Once again, I based the colors in a collage on a painting from the Fauves era. This one is by Braque, called "Paysage a la Ciotat" or Landscape at Ciotat. The shapes feel like they are bouncing around and excited about something, in awe and wonder. This spread is in the 8"x5" notebook.

Mail Carrier on Horseback

This collage is based upon a recent dream, in which I was buying a cabin in the woods, and the mail carrier arrived on horseback to deliver a postcard on a piece of bark.

Glittery Grunge

I put in the backgrounds from gel printing papers I had on hand, and yesterday I put shapes onto them. It is a bit raggedy but it gives me pleasure to look at it.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

More Zing!

This green spread was fairly restrained, so I added the red-orange collage materials, plus the stamp and magazine photo to give it a bit of a boost.

Teensy-Weensy Collage Journal

I am having a lot of fun doing these spreads. I begin with a small cut-out portion of a gel print I have made. Then I collage another piece of a gel print in a shape, usually in a complementary color. Finally I collage in some black marks that are painted on tissue paper transparency sheets. Very enjoyable! I use these sketchbooks for developing ideas, trying out techniques, and just keeping my studio practice consistent. I used the little clamps to keep the pages open and flat.

New Journal

 This journal is 8" x 5" and I am working in it using glue sticks and acrylic medium only on the side that is being glued down. I am hopeful this will reduce the sticky factor.

Sketchbook completed?

 It is hard to say if this sketchbook is finished. I keep doing things and then thinking Ooh that might look good on other pages.  I think the next sketchbook I will work on only one page, instead of in spreads, because that way I will have to contend with less stickiness. Now both sides are sticky, and they want to glue themselves together.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Mountain Road Geometric Collage

 Collage in small (8"x5") sketchbook, colors based upon Andre Derain's painting "La Route dans la Montagne"
(Mountain Road).

Friday, May 14, 2021

L'Estaque Collage

This piece is 9"x12" collage, from Georges Braque,  L'Estaque, 1906. I am working on doing abstract landscape, using collage.

Reproduction of Braque's painting from a book on Fauvism.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Friday, May 07, 2021

Sun and Moon Spread

These are so much fun! This spread expresses my delight in the physical world with its many faces.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Freshening Up

These two were early attempts at painting in combination with collage in this sketchbook, and I was not pleased with the results. Today I added deli paper with painted circles in black fluid acrylic, and I think it improved them both considerably.

Updated Brownie

This page was a little blah so I added some black marks. I made the marks on artist's tissue that was coated thinly with gloss medium.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Zen Spread


Blue-Green and Brown-Ochre


This sketchbook constantly evolves; it is very exciting for me. On the left I had the greenish pattern, and on the right the yellow and tan swirls. I forgot to let them both dry enough and they stuck together. Because of that I put more collage items on top of what I had. I like them both even better now. One of those happy accidents, I guess.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Value Check

I worked on this collage today to change the values. I darkened the blue-violet areas, added some lighter green pieces in the green on the right side, and added some golden brown to make the bright yellow pieces less uniformly rectangular. I made a duplicate in my phone using snapseed, and made it black and white to ascertain what the range of values is. The brown of the logs is too close in value to the golden brown of the rocks, so I will carefully darken them (I think). 

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Houston Arboretum I

Of the four black & white prints, this was the most dramatic, so I mounted the collage papers on the least dramatic of the red backgrounds. I may work into it later.

Abstract Trees Backgrounds

I painted the four quarter-sheets of watercolor paper with various reds I had on hand.