Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Painting in Progress

Thank you, Nancy, for your comment on my last post about the bowl of fruit working as a painting. I was just thinking about taking it in that direction and with your encouragement will do so. I've always considered myself a painter, applying painting techniques to my prints, so it's an easy reach.
I visited  "Daily Paintworks" which has weekly challenges and thought I'd try the "German Landscape Challenge." There's some beautiful and inspiring works that have been submitted, so I encourage people to take a look.
Here's my "German Landscape" painting. It's far from finished, but it's given me some good feedback and ideas. The color is driving me crazy. It's done with acrylics which are feeling gaudy to me, so I'll start applying oils on top and try to take it down. It'll be a work in progress for some time!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bowl of Fruit Still Life

Here's a color composition for my next block print. I'm considering using some wonderfully textured mahogany. It'll be a multi-block print. I'm interested in this experiment to see how this will translate into a print because I want to use overlapping colors to create new, yet maintain the intensity and contrast of the compliments.
I scrapped the peony image for now. I ran a proof and wasn't happy with it. I haven't totally given up. It just needs a lot of work and I'd rather proceed with this image. Color kicks my butt. I love it!
Now to Sharpen my tools!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Brackenwood Gallery

I'm delighted to announce I've just signed on with Brackenwood Gallery in Langley, Washington. Owners, Rene Neff and Anne Waterman, are both knowledgeable in the arts and great to work with. I can't say enough how honored I feel to be part of their group of talented artists. Check out their gallery by foot, or online:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Peonies Woodcut

A friend gave me some maple cabinet scraps so I'm using a vertical piece for my next print. I've been painting my peony in bloom so thought I'd do a 2 color piece, primarily black and white with 1 color, and maybe 1 additional... or 2, or 3. Plans shmlans. This project is growing by the minute. I drew directly on the block so it's a bit of a drawing mess. I like to work it out as I go sometimes. Mistakes become an integral part of it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nectar Online Magazine

Nectar is a magazine for women featuring articles about all kinds of outdoor sports such as kayaking and backpacking. Besides sports, they also feature interviews with writers and visual artists. I was honored to have been interviewed by them late last year and it was just published in their Issue #03. It's a great magazine full of inspiration. Thank you Nectar!

Check it out...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Whidbey Sketchers

We've started our own Whidbey Island Sketchers group. Sketched at a couple locales on the island. Here's a few more drawings from our last get together.

I've also started a strictly sketching blog Called 'Drawings from Life' where I share my sketches and thoughts about drawing and journal-ing. It's such a rich topic to explore.
All of my drawings and sketches will be posted on that blog from here on out.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Woodcut Snowflakes Test

As soon as I had the first block cut I had to do a little test run on some scrap Rives BFK buff colored paper. It's a lovely color. The texture of wood is so pretty and fascinating. I did a quick cutout with veneer to see how it would print on top.
Now cutting the second block. Making a bit of a mess out of this one. I want lots of textures, so the more mistakes, the merrier!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Woodcut Christmas Card in the Works!

Snowflakes and no snow... yet. I think a simple three block image for this year. Finding wood much easier to cut than I thought it would be. Enjoying being able to get good detail. Though it'll definitely have a hand cut quality to it. If anyone wants one, email me your address: and I'll make sure you receive one!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Urban Sketching

I'm getting in touch once again with my love for sketching on location. Usually I prefer outdoor scenes of land and cityscapes, but need to work on drawing people so decided to join a friend and do some group sketching. Watercolor is fast and can be treated in a gestural fashion. Blocking in areas then getting more detail later. It's easy to get caught up in facial features and watercolor forces me to be less descriptive. Here are a few done today...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Registration Method

Registration was a complete mystery to me, so I experimented with various methods. Heck, sometimes I just make marks on a piece of paper showing where to put the block and line up the paper. Here's some photos of my funky registration method. I glued down L shaped pieces of mat board onto MDF. A carpenters square was used to square it up. It's kinda goofy, but is quite accurate.


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