Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Memory Lane

Batik on Rice Paper / 9 X 9 (22.86cm X 22.86cm)

This small batik was done as a prelude to a much larger one that I will do in color as part of a project later this year.

The photos are from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Tim and I spent two days walking around the grounds, but never took the house tour.

I guess we will have to go back.

The reference photo (Die Foto-Referenz)

I'll be away for a while, so the blog will be quiet.
See you soon.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Passion for the Past

India ink & pastel on rice paper / 10 X 8 (25.4 X 20.32cm)

Some of my favorite memories of Michigan were attending historical re-enactments where guests are allowed to absorb the sights and sounds of past events. Geeks like me and people all over the world have attended reenactments for centuries.

A more commercial event is the Renaissance Festival.  Here, guests are encouraged to dress in medieval garb, eat turkey legs and large pickles, and consume copious amounts of stout and ale.

All of these adventures offer great photo opportunities.  The artwork above is an example.  He was on a decorative plaque attached to a tree & not the first time I painted him.

Here is the first - about 10 years ago.

Watercolor batik on rice paper

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Little January Color

Watercolor Batik

This is a quick little (very little) batik that was done in between some small house projects.

January has been a busy month, but one of the highlights was receiving this
 beautiful pin created by artist Sue Marrazzo.   Sue had a "give away" on her blog, and mailed out a number of these original pins to the lucky recipients. 

Art Pin by Sue Marrazzo  - front & back

The postcards were finally mailed to Kat Slowa, host of the Liberate Your Art card swap.   MOO did a pretty nice job with the images I chose:

One of the photos should have been color corrected (by me), but I am still happy with the result.  I found out that it is always a good idea to have high resolution photos made of your favorite pieces of artwork.  And then some of the images had to be cropped or had to be placed within a small black border.  Live and learn.

As I receive postcards from other artists, I'll post them on the blog.
Hope you are still thinking about participating in the fun.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Rocky - Watercolor & Pastel / 6X6 (15.24cm X15.24cm)

Using watercolor, I had some fun painting this little guy 

until he started looking like this:

A little color lifting and a few swipes of pastel saved the day.

But now I've got this stupid song stuck in my head.

And if you don't like that one, how about this?

That's okay.  You don't have to thank me :}

And for more fun art stuff,  Oregon photographer Kat Sloma is hosting her annual "Liberate Your Art" postcard swap.  Artists from 30 US states and 12 countries participated last year. 

 Kat accepts postcards from artists in any creative medium:  photography, painting, poetry, sculpture, cooking, ...

Here's the link if the swap appeals to you:  Liberate Your Art 2018 Postcard Swap.
March 17, 2018 deadline - lots of time.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Stripes / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.3cmX25.4cm)

I love big cats.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lion Eyes

Lion Eyes / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.3cm X 25.4cm)

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

Alexander the Great

Monday, December 18, 2017

One for the Bucket List

"Born to Run" / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 12 X 16in (30.5 X 40.6cm)

Animals, especially African animals, have always been favorites to paint for some reason.  
It is heartbreaking that many of the animals we typically associate with Africa have been placed on the endangered species list:  lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, the mountain gorilla (don't get me started).

Anyway, a painter who shares my love of African animals is English artist Hazel Soan. This gifted woman has studios in London and in Cape Town.

Hazel even offers a Kenyan workshop:  Wildlife Painting Safari.
 At about $12,000.00 (euros 11,000.),
this holiday is definitely one for the bucket list.