Monday, May 22, 2017


Image transfer with pastel over alcohol ink on deli paper background

For the past few weeks, I've been suffering from "artist's block."  Putting that aside,  when I actually do paint something it comes out awful. 

Should I try and break through this or just ride it out?
If fellow painters / crafters have any suggestions, please share.  I know it happens to everyone (almost everyone).

Thanks, friends.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Black Cats

India ink on cold press watercolor paper

"If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way."
Mark Twain

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five on Friday

For Five on Friday, here are some favorite family photos taken in northwest Oregon over the past few years.

Cannon Beach 

Hug Point

Columbia River Gorge (Oregon on the right / Washington on the left)

McMinnville wine country (lots of wine tasting opportunities)

Route to Mt. Hood - Cascade Mountain Range

Monday, May 8, 2017


Patriarch - Watercolor with Pastel Pencil

My brother was visiting us here in Oregon, but has returned to California.   Back to artwork (and househunting) for me. 

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A while back, I found an interesting video on YouTube about altering National Geographic magazine pages with a degreasing product called Citra Solv. 

Here are a few of my results.

Here's the video if you're interested:

I can see more experiments ahead.  We bought the old National Geographic magazines at St. Vinnie's (a second hand store) for 50 cents each.  These will be great backgrounds for journal pages or for collage - more STUFF for the art box.

Friday, April 14, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

Elephant / Elegant Writer with watercolor on watercolor paper

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful -
The Lord God made them all.
                                                                     Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1848)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The 90's

Little Marian - 7X5 / Watercolor (almost done)

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I never liked much of the music of the 90's.  That said, I did (& still do) love the raspy voice of Canadian singer Bryan Adams.  One of my favorite songs of his is Everything I Do from the movie Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1991.

From 1996 concert

FYI Artist's Note:  Regarding these little square record "posters,"  I would not do the "cut & paste" method again (crooked & smeary results).  A digital paint program would look more professional and would be less frustrating.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The 80s

Little Alex - Watercolor / 7X5

I grew up in Detroit, a blue collar town. After my brother made a work-related move to Pittsburg, I visited often and really felt at home there because, I guess, Pittsburgh was also a blue collar town.

One of my favorite songs of the 80's came from a movie about a young woman who was a Pittsburgh steel-mill worker by day, bar dancer at night.   The heroine worked these two jobs, of course, so she could save money to attend the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh.  Critics hated the film, but audiences loved it.  The 1983 movie was Flashdance; the song, "What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara.