Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

"Autumn Greenbelt Redux"

These compositions are from an old painting titled "Autumn Greenbelt". The new paintings are 10x10", acrylic and collage on cradled wood.

Below are the gel prints I used for the collage. They are so lovely together!

"Inner Worth" several layers later ...


Friday, July 16, 2021

"Pink Bay"

"Pink Bay"

 "Pink Bay" is 8x8", acrylic on mixed media paper. I am showing it in a black wood frame, but it is sold unframed, so you can choose your own frame. $48 including shipping. Contact me at to purchase. There are three more color options for this piece, which I will upload soon.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Cloud Study

Is it me, or does this painting make anyone else think of a Thurber cartoon?

Like this one ... "You and your premonitions!"

Thursday, July 08, 2021

First Painting from Collage

The image on the left is one page from my collage sketchbook. I really liked it so I decided to try to do a painting from it. The pigment choices were from a color mixing chart I made using Adele Sypesteyn’s Triangular Color Chart.



"Joy", 14x20", acrylic and collage on watercolor paper.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

"Path of the Lightning Flash"

"Path of the Arrow"

The Path of the Lightning Flash is one way to touch the highest realms.  16x12", acrylic and collage on watercolor paper.

Monday, July 05, 2021

"Inner Worth" in process

"Inner Worth"

These paintings are 20x16", acrylic and collage on cradled wood panels. They are at a delicate point, where they are very attractive, but need something more. Now is the time to slow down and look, to wait and ponder. What do they need now?

Sunday, July 04, 2021

The Pinkness!

In his novel "Time Is the Simplest Thing", Clifford D. Simak had a character known only as "the pinkness", which lived in a cave somewhere on a forgotten planet. It traded its mind with the main character, and after that he had all sorts of knowledge that came from alien contacts that had traded their minds with the pinkness over the eons. Wild, eh?

Sincerely ...

These sweet little paintings are titled "Sincerely", because I can't imagine them having an ulterior motive. It was also a charming song by The Moonglows. from way back when. They are just joyful and full of life. They are 12x9", with a white border I am not showing here.

Friday, July 02, 2021

"Noir Cafe"

"Noir Cafe I"

"Noir Cafe II"

 This pair of paintings are 9x12" each,  acrylic on watercolor paper. I see a lot of old film noir, and the angularity and multiplicity of factors seems to resonate with that genre.



The colors in this diptych remind me of what used to be called a "brown study", when a person gets lost in thought. Acrylic on watercolor paper, 14 1/2 x 21 3/4".

Tuesday, June 29, 2021



The hexagram talks about how clouds have risen into the sky but still there is no rain. Waiting for rain ... the opposite of my outer life circumstances, hehe.

Friday, June 25, 2021

I Ching Themed Paintings

Darkening of the Light

Inner Truth

Both of these paintings are 22"H x 30"W, on heavy watercolor paper, with collage additions. They both refer to hexagrams in the traditional English translation of the I Ching, "Darkening of the Light" means being cautious and reserved in times of darkness. "Inner Truth" shows the open heart, empty and receptive to the truth.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Untitled (for now)

This 22"x30" acrylic painting on paper is based on a couple of small paintings from a group of small sketches.

This was a sort of warm-up project. I used Teal, Indian Yellow Hue and Quinacridone Crimson plus black and white to create these. I was not sure how they would look until I removed the tape. Some were okay, and two of them I really loved, so I used those two as inspiration for this painting.

These two really stood out for me, and I wanted to use them to inspire a larger painting.


This was my first layer. It is stiff and almost all the shapes are rectangles. I knew I had to change that, and the stage above is the result. It still needs some line, and I will continue working on it until it blossoms.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

"Happy" Series

"Happy I"
A series of happy little paintings, acrylic and collage on wood panels, 8"x8". They are sold as a set only, $240. Contact Ellen McCormick Martens at to purchase.
"Happy II"

"Happy III"

"Happy IV"


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Flat and Chunky

Color Swatches 

These 8"x8" paintings were collaged and I had set them aside. Today I decided to paint over the collaged shapes with the color scheme above, and I just love the result. It is rough, chunky, flat(ish), and bright, just like me! Hehe well sorta.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021


 These are 6"x4" each, cut from a 22"x30" sheet of gessoed watercolor paper. The swirly blue and violet areas are gel printed. The white splashes are white fluid acrylic.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Concertina Tune

A spread in my new concertina sketchbook, made from two of the small paintings I did a few days ago. I added a few collage items. Kinda fun.

Innocence and Experience

Watercolor sketchbook. I love these small paintings so I collaged them into my sketchbook and added elements. I could never throw these away yet they were not finished artwork.


A first attempt at combining paint, collage, and stenciling. Apparently Nikola Tesla thought 3, 6 and 9 were extremely important. I love those numbers, so I included them in this sketchbook page. It may change in the future. This is a page in my 12"x9" watercolor sketchbook.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Celebration Boogie

Fooling around in my sketchbook again. I taped off these areas and used a limited palette of red-orange, orange, and blue green with china marker, white paint stencil, and tissue paper transparencies.

Sunday, May 30, 2021


I am working with an 8"x5" watercolor sketchbook now, because the notebook that was recommended does not work well for me. Maybe for some other form of art, but for my paper collages it is just not heavy enough. 

Friday, May 28, 2021


Phthalo Turquoise, Cadmium Orange, a red crayon, and fluid acrylic in white and Phthalo Turquoise.