Wednesday, May 30, 2018

End of the Inks

Alcohol Ink on Yupo
This is the end of the skies for now.

. . . . .

During a quick trip to the storage unit today, I found a small box of ceramic tiles that I dripped with ink a few years ago.

They were done on 4"x4" (10.16cm x10.16cm) white tiles and then mounted / glued into 6"x6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm) frames.

The tiles cost around $1. a piece (available everywhere - Home Depot, ...)

 and the frames around $7. (Aftosa or Dick Blick - can't remember where I got them).

Front of frame

Rear of frame (suitable for hanging on the wall or placed flat onto tabletop).

I have forgotten how much fun they are to do.

And for those of you who plan on doing craft shows, these are also very popular with customers.  The photos usually don't pick up the transparent "glow" that is unique with the inks.  They are almost always more beautiful in person.

Some artists prefer not to frame the tiles. Instead, the tiles are spray sealed, and the bottoms are covered with cork for use as coasters.

 The tiles can also be placed on small tabletop easels.

Seeing these again is
 stoking the fires for an upcoming online ink class.

And doodlewash June 2018 Watercolor Challenge also begins on Friday.

Hope to see you then!

Monday, May 28, 2018

More Inky Skies

Alcohol Ink on Yupo

There are pieces of Yupo laying around the studio, so I'll do a few more alcohol inks
later this week
and then put the sky series on hold for a little while.

Alcohol Ink on Yupo
(An older one, but I don't think I've posted it.)

And it's Debbie's fault.
Artist Debbie Nolan has a beautiful blog called View from Harmony Hills.

About a week ago, Debbie mentioned that she joined a site called Doodlewash.
I headed over there and discovered they are hosting a June art challenge, a watercolor doodle a day. I want to do that so I can be more consistent in posting.

Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Hopefully, it is "easy" (famous last words) enough to do since all that is required is a daily watercolor sketch.
Posting the sketches in small batches, maybe three times a week, sounds like fun.

Alcohol Ink on Yupo

And it's Alexis' fault, too.

I put myself on the wait list for her online Yupo workshop which begins on June 4.
Here's the link: Alexis Bonavitacola.

Gotta start using up those art supplies.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Night Sky Over the Canyon / Alcohol Ink on Yupo

Artist June Rollins brought alcohol ink paintings to the forefront when her gorgeous "dreamscapes" began appearing all over the internet.

Almost everyone who has tried alcohol inks is seduced by their vibrancy and flow.
Although they have been tamed by some artists, alcohol inks force most painters to
loosen up and to embrace UNhappy accidents.

When the results are really disappointing (not too often), the ink paintings can easily be cropped or chopped and used for mixed media projects,
a win-win scenario.

Hope you give them a try!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sauvie Sky

Sauvie Sky / Oil on Ampersand gessobord / 8X10 (20.32  X 25.4)

When we lived in Portland, Tim and I spent a lot of time on Sauvie Island.

Sauvie is a big island along the Columbia River.  It hosts wildlife sanctuaries
 and dozens of private farms that sell fruit (every berry imaginable) and vegetables.

It's also great destination for artists who love to paint skies.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Starry Night

"Starry Night" After Vincent Van Gogh /watercolor batik/ 8X10 (20.32X25.4cm)

Van Gogh wouldn't have to worry about any competition here,
 but it was one of those things. 

 I just HAD to try it. 

And we're all friends, so I decided to post it anyway. 

It was fun, I learned from it, and  I will try another Van Gogh sky soon.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lost at Sea

The weather has been great, so I've been outside pulling weeds and sowing flower seeds for cutting later this summer, hence only two small watercolor skies.

Even so, we made time to go to a few estate sales. 

 I met an artist named Charley who was offering art supplies at deeply discounted prices.  For example, I picked up a box of resin mix for a future project this summer; regular price $23.49 / sale price $4.  Picked up some beautiful paper and acrylic paint, too.
Thank you, Charley.

And then yesterday, we (daughter and I) went out to the coast for a casual lunch in the beach community of Yachts.

There was a bit of coastal fog, 

but then the skies cleared 

and we went for a long walk on the beach.

It got a little chilly, so we decided to go shopping and came home with a small bag full of goodies:  candles, flavored olive oils, a small purse
and (what else?) beach rocks.

(Lost at Sea.  Come Find Me.)

Hope to see you in a few days. 

 If not, have a happy week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pastel Sky

Pastel / 5X7 (12.7cmX17.78cm)

I've been doing pastel warm-ups like this one, but I don't own too many colors and the sketches are all starting to look alike.  Time to start painting.

Our springtime skies in the Pacific Northwest are still moody, so it will be nice to sit outside and paint.
. . . . . . .

Thanks to watercolorist Rhonda Carpenter, I've also been having lots of fun with an art journal.

 Rhonda's been featuring some of her creations from the Sketchbook Revival sessions on her blog:

 Check them out when you have a chance.  They are pretty nice!

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Sky's the Limit

Light Show - Oil on gessobord / 6X6in - 15.24X15.24cm

Morning sky, night sky, stormy sky, big sky, winter sky...
Skies are kind of magical.

And then there are things that fly in the sky - meteors, rockets (fireworks), birds, balloons, butterflies, planes, fish, squirrels, dragons...

There are a variety of ways to paint skies (oils, watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink) on a variety of surfaces (paper, wood, linen).

So, I think I'll start a series on skies.

Northing shocking or provocative or political - just skies.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Five on Friday
Around Town - Eugene

"Clever Disguise" (bronze sculpture) by artist Peter Helzer /Avery the Alligator and Rembrandt the Raccoon

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Up Close and Personal

Sometimes I need to get started on something, anything, just to generate new ideas.  

Chuck Close - WikiCommons

The wisdom of artist Chuck Close has been taken to heart.  He says, "Every idea occurs while you are working.  If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, 
you could sit there forever."
I've done that.

So, I started with these two pieces.  I was using them to practice the gouache resist-India ink technique and wasn't necessarily going to post them.  But then, I thought, "Why not write about it?"

Later, while still painting, I thought of the word "parameters."  It is a word I heard over and over while watching Sketchbook Revival yesterday.

Hence, the plan for working in a series was formed for the summer months.  I like the idea of thinking very deeply about a subject or an emotion, theme, color, technique, ...

I also like the idea of working in a short series (6-12 paintings), and not concentrating on making some big "official" body of work.

So, a number of smaller short series projects sounds like a good plan for the summer since it will also free up time for other adventures in creativity - art projects, crafts & gardening.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sketchbook Revival

A weekend of weed pulling was just what the garden needed.

And since Cobie is better now, Tim and I got a chance to leave the house together and go to a few estate sales over the weekend.

Always on the lookout for art / drafting supplies, we picked up a few things:

 Got up yesterday morning, though, with an awful cold. Thanks to watercolor artist Rhonda Carpenter mentioning a free video course on her blog,  I spent much of the day watching a series called Sketchbook Revival.

It is an online workshop featuring drawing / journaling videos from two dozen artists.

Although the workshop officially runs from April 23 through May 4, the videos will remain available to everyone who registers until May 18th.

Thank you, Rhonda.