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.

Inspiration Photos

I love trees, and I saw these fallen tree trunks at the Houston Arboretum and took photos of them. I applied filters in Photoshop and then selected areas of the photos to use to create abstract work. They are the same proportions as the quartered 22"x30" 140-lb. watercolor paper I have on hand. The paper has been gessoed, so that the acrylic paint will not soak into the paper.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Maybe Fixed?

This spread was difficult. I used new stencils and I am not sure how to best use them in the future. I did violet/yellow complementary combination on the left hand page, not my favorite. On the right, I made a rectangular image that was really dominant in the composition. So these are today's "fixes". There may be more work on these. Every day is a new world of challenges, excitement and learning.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Today's Sketchbook Spread


These backgrounds were done with paint left on the brayer from making gel prints, plus the one on the right had dots from a stencil. I am not really pleased with these pages, but I will probably work on them again at some other time. The one on the left is somewhat chaotic, and the one on the right does not feel finished. Oh well, can't pull a rabbit out of the hat every day!

Eliminated Face!


When the stamp on the lower right area of the left hand page is vertical, it forms a face and I found it disturbing, so I covered one of the circles, which looks a lot like an eye. The brain always looks for images in random patterns, so there may be other images you see in these pieces, but they are unintentional.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Sketchbook Spread from Today


I don't have an explanation for these images. The blue and green swirly things are gel prints. The black marks are painted on artist's tissue that was strengthened and made transparent using acrylic medium.  The orange shape on the right side is inside a pocket, and can be removed in case you need an orange shape.


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sketchbook Spread Worked Today

The page on the right was very disorganized, lots of reddish paint and strange juxtapositions, and gradually I added the blue-green collage and it took the current form, which may change. The one on the left got that funky paddle shape added, and to pull it back from taking over the entire world, I added the other collage pieces. The white area on the middle left may become clear, because I took the photo right after gluing in the piece next to it. No matter, these are not finished paintings, just ideas. I feel like the one on the left is speaking, but in sounds, not words.

Friday, April 23, 2021


The four collage backgrounds here came from rolling excess paint off my brayer onto pages of a calculus book. I am still waiting for the gel medium coating to dry on the other four small pieces. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

First Layer of Shapes


I sanded down a lot of the white paint on the smaller wood panels, and added collage shapes from my gel prints. More layers to come!

Blobs to Masses


I used the deli paper blob paint to collage onto this background spread. I like the combination of colors, and the contrast between the two pages, plus I am delighted that the paint masses are contrasted with some straight edges from rolling paint off my brayer onto the background papers. 


 While I am waiting for the white layer to dry, I am experimenting with painted deli paper. The colors I used on this one are Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Crimson, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Titan Green Pale, and Manganese Blue Hue. I put a blob of each color on one deli paper, then covered it with another one and scraped it with a plastic card. As I added colors I turned the paper so that the results are not mirror images. 


I covered all of these small wood panels with a mixture of soft gel gloss and titanium white. After it dries, I will sand it and make some of the underlying color and collage visible again. As each layer goes on, the underlying layers are more and more mysterious, giving a sense of depth. The sanding makes it into a palimpsest.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The End of the Beginning ...

I coated the sanded collages with acrylic, GAC 100, which sealed the paper so that it would not absorb paint and that layer will remain intact when I add layers and sand them too. Then I put on a coat of Quinacridone Gold on the smaller pieces, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange on the larger ones. Once that dries, I will start adding cut and torn collage papers and paint.

Monday, April 19, 2021

This is the End ...

 The last page of my watercolor spiral-bound sketchbook now has a background of a gel print. I am skipping around, adding shapes and so forth to these pages. I have a mixed media sketchbook ordered, so I will do a similar thing with that one. This gives me something to react to when I am doing warmup collages.

Greener Grass ...


Grungy Backgrounds in Sketchbook