Wednesday, March 31, 2010


NO, NOT the salad dressing...
As the garden seems so fresh these days, with still chilly days for this time of year in Key West, we have some really healthy roses scenting the house. They are the palest yellow. Here's a garden sprite who helps coax them open.
Like my other recent posts: oil monoprint; w/c pencil then watercolor and 23 carat gold.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


THIS IS more like it. I treated the sketch just as I would apply the paint, and this time against a suitable color. First layer would be golden and then 5 more colors ending in darkest/ lightest details. I'm just fantasizing what a pretty set of glasses one could drink from.

Monday, March 29, 2010


A FRIEND of mine paints on glass with enamels. I have gotten it into my head to do that on wine glasses (RED balloons) in a limited palette. Idyllic  Mediterranean scenes, no-  landscapes in some colors complimentary to red wine. Offhand I see umbers and warm gradations. ONE MINUTE DOODLE.


DRAGON IS A digital doodle done this day. I have fun doodling. DUH!


ANOTHER monoprint. These are just the little near-sighted things I like to do.
In order of medium application: oil,watercolor pencil;watercolor and 23 carat gold.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I DID THIS QUICKLY to show what the rose shape inspired.....


JUST fooling around... Don't forget to floss after all those Peeps!


THIS is a  slightly cropped image of an already small painting; 3 X 7.
In order of medium application: alkyd oil monoprint; watercolor pencil; watercolor; 23 carat gold.
The title describes the angel's self-satisfaction at the end of a hard day's work.

Friday, March 26, 2010


THE DOGGIE monoprints continue....

I like doing the watercolor lettering. Each decorated monoprint is surrounded by a border of torn Canson paper in its 11 x 14 mount. Ready to frame (and help with the rent) is a helpful part of closing the sale.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


 I LOOK at animation art and the creation of character design on some of the blogs I follow. First of all, I'm struck by the amazing palettes that comprise some of the backgrounds. But I love the way the artists (and there are hundreds of them at a time working on a movie) stylize humans and animals .  When I saw this rose at twilight in my living room, I saw a laughing goblin/elf. He's looking right, in profile and has rosy cheeks and a big ear? I hope you'll see it, too.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


ONE DAY I mixed the remaining oil on my palette into this dark gray green. I rough-brushed it onto a printing block to create this textured background on Canson Bristol. I decided to populate that green world with a little goddess. And a little gold.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


My friend Maggie gave me a flexible rubber block for carving and printing. Before I did that I used one side for printing colored rectangles using the left over oils on my palette. ' NIGHT SOUNDS' ( a previous post) shows a painting developed over these simple color blocks.

Here are two more; just the right size for some elaborate small frames I've hoarded over the years. You'll notice they're both different in title and watercolor drawing.

In order of application: oil paint, watercolor pencil, watercolor, gold.

Monday, March 22, 2010


A MIXED-MEDIUM work on paper begun with  abstract brushwork around a pale center point. I roughed in the shapes and some of the patterns with watercolor pencils and stamped letter forms for an appropriate border. I show these two 'book' themed works as a friend had a signing at our gallery.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


AN ACRYLIC, with details in watercolor. Very often a painting grows from a pun/ title.
On rag board...

Friday, March 19, 2010


GOLD on watercolor on oil monoprint.
3 x 7 inches.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


THIS COLLAGE is titled, and inspired by our local weather in the Florida Keys. The summer month's weather can change very quickly; in fact the very roadway that services our islands plays a part in the air/ heat convections that encourage quick growth of rain clouds. The showers can be spotty and it's not too unusual to see rain at the end of the block while we're still dry at the front door. Hurricane season starts June 1st.

Someone asked about the copper 'posts' in the collage. They are foam-core rectangles wrapped with copper foil on which I had drawn designs (embossed) and then patinated. The acrylic-sealed elements were then affixed with archival adhesives. That's type correction film for the water rings splashing about....


THE SWIRLS above the figure are lines of an acrylic monoprint.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I WANT TO SHOW some details of the collage and the mediums used. The raindrops are copper foil which I have embossed and gilded with 23 carat gold. Their points are folded over silvered threads and hang in the sky. My new camera did pretty well shooting through the acrylic glazing on the framed painting, BUT the two white dots are gallery lighting reflections.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


THIS WORK uses a bunch of different techniques. I 've photographed the work which is under glazing and hanging in the studio. A little glare but you can see many techniques and materials.

Monday, March 8, 2010


I drew this little guy whilst no one was visiting the gallery......

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Up for Auction.....A Benefit for AIDS HELP

There's going to be an auction to benefit a local medical/hospice program in our county. I figured a bigger painting would bring in the most money......

This is called NICE HATS. Alkyd oil over acrylic on stretched canvas. I'll float it in a frame; today I'm going to paint the canvas' exposed edges a neutral gray.


Ah, discount shopping at TJMAX... I found these removable vinyl dots and painted some self-promotion on them with alkyd oils. They were dry overnight and ride in  and out of Key West with me. Just sharing what I do with left-overs on my palette.


LUSCIOUS OILS invite me to remain at the work table. Underpainted more than a month ago in acrylics, I unearthed this canvas from a corner of the studio. My studio seems to be my personal archeological site.

Alkyd oils on canvas; 16 x 20 inches.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


AS promised: here is another collage. This one has a merMAID.

Acrylic, collage, monoprint and 23 carat gold.

Monday, March 1, 2010


AN ORIGINAL collage. It's primarily acrylic on paper but you'll see that lovely line quality of a mono print in the red squiggles and blue/gray parts.

The image of the mer-man (I always nick name them 'Ethel') is an appropriated image from a family crest layered with oil pastel and acrylic. It's abraded and picked with a razor to reveal the original black ink. Gold, watercolor and type correction film for the details.

I'll post another collage tomorrow.