Monday, July 21, 2014

A Rose Sketch from My garden

I took a photo with my iPad while watering the garden and used it to sketch this rose.  One of my goals this year is to focus on values/contrasts of light and dark, to leave some areas white.  My tendency is to paint everything with color.  I like the results. It helped that I took a workshop from RenĂ© Eisenbart a couple weeks ago and concentrated on painting white flowers.  I'll have more to share with you from this workshop in future posts.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I'm taking "Sketchbookery" an online workshop with Mary Ann Moss.  I like her loose style with watercolors, drawing tools, lettering ideas and her sense of humor. She's offering the same class in December. Here's the sketchbook I made ready to sketch and play.

Front cover-
 Chevron stitched spine-
 Back cover-

Monday, July 14, 2014

Drunk with Love Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

It's been a couple months since my last blog post.  I'm here and creating.  My biggest project is finished and that's my first quilt.  I participated in an exchange with fifteen members of the Portland Art Collective.  Each person made a block with my strips of fabric.  It all came together for our picnic last week.  It's "My Garden" and is exciting to see it completed.  I learned a lot about piecing, color and pattern combinations.

Here's the piano key back-

Quilt label with key for who made each block-

All the quilts lined up at our picnic-

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Village Gallery Art Challenge Show Starts May 6th

The Village Gallery of Arts 2014 Art Challenge Show starts Tuesday, May 6th. I totally redid my four 6x6 pieces for the show. I took floral drawings from my sketchbook and reworked them in acyclic paint. I really like using Golden's modern palette.

This year, I also participated in the jewelry challenge.  It was fun to play with painted paper, collage, a Copperplate calligraphic word- "discover", resin, fiber, beads and wire. The Gallery gave each person in this challenge the pendant in the middle of my necklace. I took off the hanging loop on the top, changed the orientation to landscape and filled it with collage and resin, set it in a larger bezel.  Stop by the Gallery and check out the one-hundred participants' four 6x6 pieces and the jewelry.  The show will be up until the end of May.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Works in Progress for Village Gallery of Arts

In May, I'll be showing four 6x6 canvases in the Village Gallery Of Arts 2014 Art Challenge in Cedar Mills. Here are my works in progress. I started with painted tissue paper strips, modern palette paint colors and floral drawings. Next, I plan to paint organic flower shapes on tissue with permanent inks.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Experimenting with Shapes and Spirng Flowers

Here's another exercise from Nita Leland's book- The New Creative Artist. We outlined a shape and then drew the flowers.  We positioned the flowers differently within each shape.
I like how extending the line outside the shape changes the dynamics of the composition.  This exercise also helps to work with negative space.
I had to draw and paint this beautiful bouquet of tulips in my sketchbook.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Modern Color Palette

Jo Reimer (see her One A Day blog) introduced me to the modern color palette.  I love these colors- how they go together, mix without making mud, their light and clear crispness. Patti Brady wrote a great article about Color Mixing for Golden's Just Paint using this palette. I like to use titan buff vs. the titanium white to tint the paints.

Another article from Will Kemp talks about choosing a paint palette for beginners. He also describes the modern palette.  Jane Davies often paints with this palette in her artwork.  I used the palette to create some postcards with painted papers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gestures and Painted Postcards

Here's another gesture exercise that I painted on tissue paper with a folded pen and Sumi ink. I wanted to make organic, free form gestures and play with the pen. I then added the painted gestures to painted watercolor paper and cut into postcards.