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


 Jungle is a sketch from 2022, acrylic, now mounted on a cradled wood panel. 8x10".


Nourishing Vision I and II

This pair of small collages are cut from a sketchbook page and mounted on cradled wood panels. The collages are about 5x5" and not quite square. The wood panels are 6x6".

Nourishing Vision I

Nourishing Vision II


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Frolic Series New Photos and Renamed

The Frolic series are abstract, brightly colored acrylic and alcohol ink paintings on paper, mounted on cradled wood panels. The mounted dimensions are 5x7x1-5/8". From top to bottom, Frolic I through VI. All are available for purchase. Please contact me at if you are interested in owning one or more of these delightful small paintings.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Snakey Paintings

 These two are older work that I am practicing on, to work out my process. 8x10", acrylic and collage on flat wood panels. Their working titles are Snakey Painting 1 and 2.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Moon Reconfigured

 "Moon", 24x24", acrylic and collage on cradled wood panel. A new incarnation, after many.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Charisma I and II

 "Charisma I and II" are mixed media paintings, 16"W x 20"H, on cradled wood panels. They are works in progress.

"Charisma I"

"Charisma II"

Thursday, September 07, 2023


"Unveiling", acrylic on mixed media paper, unframed, 10x8", available through my website:

Saturday, September 02, 2023

Friday, September 01, 2023


Happy September!

What is self-transcendence? It is the spirit inside a human being rising above the personality-level concerns to do what is best for their spouse, family, friends, neighbors, community, nation, humanity, the planet, or all life in the universe.



Thursday, August 31, 2023

More Sketching End of August 2023

These are daily sketches from August 27 - 31, 2023.


"Life Force I and II"

"The Emptiness of Waiting"