Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Next on my easel....

Jax is his name .... I'm painting this one a little larger than the usual 6" x 6" and he is on canvas.
Want to get this one finished before I return to the collage series of birds.

A Doxie named Rocky

6 x 6 x 1.5 inches
oil on wood cradled panel

My niece's beloved doxie, Rocky.  I couldn't help but want to paint him as I've had four doxies of my own.  Unfortunately he succumbed to the dreaded doxie back problem at the age of four.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Robin Collage

8" x 10" 
collage on 3/4" wood panel

I am thoroughly enjoying this series and picking up techniques along the way.  Next up will be a 
Bluejay simply because I have some beautiful blue papers to use.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cardinal Collage

I enjoy making textured and painted papers but don't seem to use them enough.  Having started this
bird series is the first time I am really using them in a way that justifies making more.  So all is good.
These are done on a card stock weight of paper but I'm thinking I may use the wood panels that I use
for the small daily paintings because the grain of the wood might be nice to use too.  I can see myself
adapting this newfound interest to the use of fabrics.  Something I've admired in art quilters but didn't think I'd get around to trying.  
Computer monitors vary quite a bit but for some reason the background green is more saturated than
my scan.  It's only when I bring it into this blog that is becomes a little too strong for my liking otherwise the original and the prints I'm making from it are a much nicer earthier green.
The original measures 8" x 10"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


6" x 6" x 1.5"
Oil on wood panel

It feels good to be painting again.  Jessie was a sweetheart of a wire haired doxie (dachshund) that I
had the pleasure to do a painting of.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A companion

Having fun with these.  This now completes a series of three chickadees but definitely not a completion of this media.  My next one might be a cardinal.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Explore a Different Path

I think I'm getting the hang of this....

Explore a Different Path

Creating an image in collage is a different than when painting for obvious reasons.  Having completed this second one, I am starting to accumulate a few notes on a working approach.  Really looking forward to starting the next one with a new and improved work flow.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Something I've been meaning to do....

For various reasons I've been making painted papers over the years and for some reason, I haven't had a reason to use them.   Some papers I like so much as is that I hesitate to tear them apart.  But this time I felt motivated enough to make this little collage of a chickadee.  Funny enough, most of my papers were of very saturated high key colours (which were fun to make) but for this collage I need mostly neutrals.  It doesn't take much but it's nice to have a ready assortment to pick and choose from.  So having done this one, I'm going to make a few more.  But not before I make another assortment of beautiful neutrals.  Once I've completed a few more, I'll put these up as prints and notecards in my Etsy shop which I've sadly neglected in recent months.