Thursday, June 22, 2017

Done or Not Done

     This one I actually like. It's been through several re-paints and I learned something in the process. I found out the re-painting is one way you can do this. The trick is to plan the re-painting.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


  What else can I call this. This is about the fourth one I've done but  mostly they're awful. Painting nothing is very difficult. But Fun. Just screwing around, no need to get it right, playing with paint. I got a couple of books and a multi-media sketchbook. And a few acrylic medias. They range from thick to thin ,shiny to matte. There's no end to what you can do. The hard part is developing your "visual language."

These are sketch book pages. It's a stretch for me. I've always had to be painting something I can see. I'm also trying new media. You know I have acquired everything over the years. Pencils, pastels, oil pastels, ink, poster paint, you name it my stash has it all. I'm going to recommend this to everyone. don't be so serious.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Big Switch


   This is actually my second, third and fourth attempt at abstract painting. Acrylic paint dries very fast, covers very well and can be painted over and over. In fact, you can do a whole painting, hate it and just start over the next day.
   I guess I'm about to take a break from oil and investigate acrylic. It's not the first time in my life I tried to express my creativity abstractly. In the 80's, I  ventured into working with paper cloth, lots of color and etched pseudo-writing.  My first husband thought it was evidence of brain injury. " WTF are you doing" was his frequent question. I just gave it up and went into weaving and fibers, which can be very abstract on their own.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


   Having fun with acrylic paint on watercolor paper. Haven't done this in years so it was a good time. It's been five days of rain here so nice bright paint is just the thing. It's the start of the rainy season in Florida. So far it's been something else. Heavy rain, a moment of sunshine, more rain. and does it come down at times.                                                                                                                                                                        

   I sewed these lovely bird slipcovers in the last week. So no painting. Sometimes the domestic stuff just gets priority. You can see the renovation goes on. There's the wall of boxes(mostly books) yet to be unpacked. But its all good. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Opulence Marina

   Hope everyone had a great holiday. I went to Ft. Myers Beach on Sunday and it was PACKED. But a beautiful day. This area has lots of really great beaches. And the Gulf is actually warm this time of year through fall. I swam in it three times. This from a person who always says it has to be 89* and crystal clear to get in. Fun time.
   This painting is from a plein air trip to one of the marinas around here. Most you have to know someone to get in. Really different from Michigan.

Friday, May 19, 2017

For Me??

   Joe gave these beautiful roses for Mother's Day. How timely. Just when I needed my annual large flower painting.
   Such a change for me. Everything. Underpainting first. Large canvas, lots more paint. I used the large boar bristle brushes I used in the 90's to slop paint around before I got serious. They were rejected for synthetic over the last few years. Like visiting old friends. I believe in taking really good care of my brushes. A day of painting has three phases for me. Setting up( sometimes just my mind) and mixing paint. Then I go do something else. Laundry, defrost dinner, clean something bla bla. Then paint 3-5 hours. Then clean up. Takes about an hour to tidy my palette and clean brushes. Sometimes I use 10 or 15 on even a small painting. Wish this could be every single day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


    This is the first painting I did using the new idea of underpainting. I haven't finished it because I have moved on. This means I've had a brainstorm about how I want to paint. Again. It came from the underpainting I just tried. I never want to paint this tight again.
    Painting, for me has to be about the merging of the image and the paint. No thought process in between. Underpainting lays the whole thing out beforehand. Your thinking about the piece, the decisions, can be done ahead of time. Then all you do is paint. Perfect. I think. I just finished the next painting working like this. Very happy. WHY did I not try this before??? Oh well. Things come around in life when they're ready.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Idea

   This is underpainting. I have never tried this and I really don't know why. The idea is to block everything in, especially the lights and darks, let it dry and then start painting in color. I learned about this in college and some painters show this stage of their painting on Instagram. Why I have never tried it, I don't know. But the other day I said "what the hell" give it a try. And I am painting on 
18"x  24" canvas. Wowie! the biggest thing in recent years.