Tuesday, July 18, 2017


For some reason, I haven't felt like painting anything representational.

The gelli plate has been calling, though.  It's time for some healthy doses of color.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nouveau Ladies

On Wednesday, Tim and I had the pleasure of having lunch here in Eugene with one of my favorite blogging buddies
 Kali Parsons, a talented artist from Texas, and her husband David, a gifted photographer.

Though we have never met in person, it was as if we had known Kali and David forever.  

After our lovely lingering lunch, Tim and I made an offer on a house we had seen earlier in the morning, a fixer upper in a great neighborhood.
We waited all day yesterday (hence, no painting) to hear the buyer's decision, but we weren't notified, so we did not get the house.

 It's been discouraging, but we'll keep our chins up and keep looking.

Above are a couple of drawings of "nouveau" ladies based on vintage photographs.
Hope to get back to painting next week.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Art Nouveau

This is a combination of an image transfer and a sketch that is loosely based on a photo of Evelyn Nesbit, an actress from the early 20th century.    I've started a few Art Nouveau journal pages, but they're not finished.

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Over the weekend, I took a half-day introductory bookbinding class at our local art studio.

We were taught Japanese Seven-Hole stab binding using heavy cardstock and a Japanese screw punch.

The book consists of 20 pages with 95 spacers (in groups of five) in between the pages to make room for mixed media artwork.   With only 20 pages, it would be a great theme book (like Art Nouveau).

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We also went to the Oregon Country Fair - an event for the young at heart who like to sprinkle themselves with fairy dust and take their clothes off.  Being there was fun, but once was enough for me.  I'll be on the lookout for a renaissance festival.

This is one of the "safer" photos.

Hope you had an interesting weekend.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Divine Deco

"GG" Micron .01 & Gouache

This drawing of an iconic Swedish film actress of the 1920s-1930s makes her look a little younger than the reference photo, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind.

 My profile pic is a photo of my younger self, and I don't mind, not at all.

At any rate, like the rest of the world, the temperatures here in Eugene have been kind of oppressive.   Without air conditioning in our rental, "GG" was about it for artwork today.

New York, Chrysler Bldg. elevator door

New York, Empire State Bldg. mural

Looking forward to a new theme next week.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Deco Doll

Mixed Media - Collage & Gouache

Mixed media is fun because it's like piecing a puzzle together.

Now I understand why mixed media artists hoard magazine pages & paper (to avoid wasting time looking all over the house for something that fits), and I understand why most mixed media pieces are large rather than small (fingers seem to be so much bigger when the artwork is smaller). 

 For this portrait, I sketched out the face & later cut and pieced the collage.  The background was then painted with gouache (I ran out of puzzle pieces, i.e., dark paper).

I like the result, but am excited about experimenting with a different process soon.
Deco envelope

Deco box

Still loving deco, although Art Nouveau is starting to look pretty interesting.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Gelli Plate Feathers

I've wanted to learn about gelli plate printing for some time, and found a local class offering lessons on printing, but only on feathers.   It sounded like fun.

After learning the technique, I wondered what to do with the feathers.  Most of the people in class were using theirs as hair accessories when they attend the Oregon Country Fair next weekend (It's like a renaissance festival on steroids.).

Think I'll just plop them in a small clear vase and put them in our future studio.

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After the class, I took a quick browse through the store and just happened to see this great deco-style paper pack which will be great for gift boxes.

I also picked up a book on collage techniques and hope to try one out on a deco portrait next week.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Deco Design

Micron 05 on mixed media paper

Art Deco design of the 1920s has always appealed to me.  Maybe I've been thinking about it lately because we've been watching Downton Abbey for the second time around.

Anyway, it's inspired some new ideas to explore over the next few weeks.

Vogue Magazine cover (not my artwork)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tangled Up

Lions - my favorites.


White "Gelly Roll" pen on black cardstock

Water-soluble marker on w/c paper

Another favorite is our local craft store, The Artist's Palette Studio.  The studio offers a variety of half day classes, so I headed over there a couple of weeks ago and took a beginner Tangled Boxes class.  I was more interested in learning how to make pillow boxes than learning Zentangle patterns, but enjoyed doing both.
Zentangle boxes

The boxes below were made at home from cardstock.  I haven't begun to collect embellishments for the boxes due to lack of storage space at the moment.

These small boxes, to be embellished & filled with a sweet treat or tea candle, will make great welcome gifts at an open studio event.
Some boxes might look good with lions drawn on them.

The store also sells beautiful paper worthy of hoarding.
Origami papers
"Marbled Volcano" paper - might look good on lion collage

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - Great footage of lions,
vocals from original band (Tokens) at around the
2 minute mark

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday - A Morning Walk in Eugene

Creative rooftop gardens

Politely curious neighbors

Interesting garden art

Edward Scissorhands fans are everywhere

Happy hydrants

Thank you again for taking the time to offer warm comments and great suggestions on being blocked. 

Blogging beats Facebook hands down.

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)