Monday, March 30, 2020

Cave Painting

"Cave Painting" , 8"x10" with an image area of 5"x8", acrylic on watercolor paper, started as a monoprint, and then I worked into the image with some darker and lighter areas to give it some punch. I like it now. It reminds me of cave paintings, with their overlapping images of animals and people. There is some shimmer in the paint that may not be visible in this photo, but it adds delight in person.

Fallen Live Oak Leaves

"Fallen Live Oak Leaves"
I have not worked on this painting for some time. I have been looking at it and wondering how to proceed with the image. Today I finally had somewhat of an answer. It is not finished, but it is going in a good direction.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Leaves and Berries, Tweaked

As I gazed on this painting I came to see an awkward and demanding shape, so I added a leaf to make it recede, which it has. The smaller images are details of the painting. It is a collage using leftover paint that was randomly swiped and splattered onto watercolor paper.

Grapefruit Tree

"Grapefruit Tree"
The leaves of our grapefruit tree have little leaflets on the stems. Lovely shapes. This is a collage of acrylic on watercolor paper. 6"x6".

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sidewalk Obsession!

These photos were done on my iPhone 7, and taken into Snapseed to manipulate them. I cropped them to get the closest view I could, and saturated the colors. I love the texture of paved sidewalks, and each block is slightly different from the last. I don't know what some of these things are. The circular ones are water meters. My sister Robyn Flatley posted some highly manipulated photos of hers that involved shadows, and it inspired me to manipulate my sidewalk shots. Thanks Robyn!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


"Frolics", 6"x6", Acrylic on wood panel. It took a while but the skins did become fully clear so that the underlying paint is somewhat visible.


"Plaid", 4"x4", mixed media (acrylic on paper mounted on wood).

Leaves and Berries

"Leaves and Berries"
"Leaves and Berries", 18'X24", mixed media (acrylic on paper and canvas).

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Flying Blind: New Layers



Each of these pieces was done with acrylic and alcohol. Now they are receiving collage elements. I am flying blind, not really knowing how they will look when they are fully dry.

In "Frolics", 6"x6", acrylic on gessobord, the collage pieces are acrylic skins, which were quite transparent. I made a mistake and did not let the gel dry underneath the pieces, before adding another layer of clear pouring medium. I have no idea if or when the angular pieces will become clear and show the background colors through them. If not, I actually like them as they are, so no real loss. If so, I think it would be more interesting and exciting.

For "Spangles", 8"x8", acrylic on paper and gessobord, I added some texture but did not really care for the effect. Now I have put a thicker layer of soft gel on top, that should even out the texture somewhat. On top of that, I pressed in some acrylic on paper shards that seemed compatible with the dark reds of this piece. I don't know how this will look in the end.

"Jellyfish", 8"x8", acrylic on gessobord, was very blue green. I had made these acrylic skins with pouring medium and high-flow acrylics, and they have a fluid or sea creature look. I hope this will resolve into a pleasing undersea effect.