Sunday, May 31, 2009

Image Transfer for the Birds, Step 2: Using a New Technique with Acrylics

Cut-out Bird Image on back of palette waiting for Gel Application

I'm finally ready to continue to the next step in trying out the Image Transfer process as described by the article "Gel Transfers with Patti Brady, Director of the GOLDEN Working Artists Program" in the Daniel Smith Summer Sale Artist Catalog.

Image Transfer Step 1: Find Image

Image Transfer Step 2: Apply a clear gel (I used the Soft Gel Matte Medium by Golden) and let dry thoroughly.

The article recommended doing this on a surface such as plastic sheeting that the dried acrylics won't stick to. I chose to use the back-side of my metal palette. I'm assuming this will work as well, since I often peel acrylics off it that have dried. I couldn't tell from the article whether I was supposed to cut out the image, but I decided that the pictures looked like they had, so I did. They also showed a rounded metal palette knife being used for the application, but for acrylics I prefer using a plastic palette knife, which I did. I'm now waiting for it to dry and see if my assumptions are successful.

Wet Gel on Image - Waiting to dry

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Birds are Back in Action - Learning a New Technique: Image Transfer

My Birds are Back and Ready to try the Image Transfer Technique using Gel "Skins", as demonstrated in the last couple Daniel Smith Artist Catalogs.

The First Step (not mentioned in the catalog): CHOOSE an IMAGE!

I've chosen my birds (big surprise here) to try this out. I made some new drawings of the starlings I watched from my window, scanned them into my computer, flipped images to provide me more options, and printed them out. I'm guessing this process doesn't work on a laser print, so I now need to take them to the copy store and get a couple copies made. THEN I'll be ready for step 1 of the Article!

MORE to COME as I work out this Image Transfer technique!

Source Article: "Gel Transfers with Patti Brady, Director of the GOLDEN Working Artists Program". Patti also has a great source book available: "rethinking acrylic: Radical Sollutions for Exploiting the World's Most Versatile Medium". I'm getting my copy soon!

Book Available HERE

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Impressionist Floral Painting - Rhodies in Red Now Available

"Rhodies in Red"
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 36 x 1 inch

With my whimsical modern impressionist interpretation, these bold red and coral rhododendron flowers are enjoying the warmth of a sunny day - I hope you enjoy!

... and remember - SHIPPING within the U.S. is always FREE when purchasing original art from my blog!

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

That's "Ferry" not "Fairy"!

Maybe it's because I grew up on the bays and inlets of Northwest Washington, but when someone says "ferry" to me, I know they mean the BOAT (not the magical flying creature kind). As I was working on my latest painting (a commission piece - not for sale!) I would tell people I was working on a "ferry painting" and they inevitably thought I was making a painting of little flying sprites (not that there's anything wrong with that... well... not my kind of art, really). I finally got in the habit of saying "ferry boat painting".

The painting is finally finished and will be on it's way to my client this week. I had such a good time painting it, I may have to think about painting ferries more often!

I hope you enjoy this little glimpse of the finale!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Anticipation of Summer - ORIGINAL Art for Sale!

"The Anticipation of Summer"
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 12 x 2 inch

Available at Currents Gallery - McMinnville, OR

These colorful little poppies are not quite ready to open up and need a little summer sunshine to coax them along! I hope you enjoy!

... and remember - SHIPPING within the U.S. is always FREE when purchasing original art from my blog!

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

For more information about buying my ORIGINAL paintings online, please see my blog post HERE!

Monday, May 18, 2009

La Bella Casa - a Lovely Evening of Wine and Painting

MANY THANKS to the lovely women of La Bella Casa for a great evening hosting my art and my demonstration at their store in McMinnville, Oregon on Saturday. I enjoyed it immensely, and even had a chance to paint this new rhody painting! I'm not sure it's done yet, but it's close - I hope to have it available for sale later this week.

Thanks again and another many thanks to all the art and wine loves who stopped by for a look and a chat as well!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Love that Texture! Layering with Acrylic Paints

My canvas rarely ends up where it started. Part of my painting process is to build layers of texture and color, letting glimpses of prior layers peek through the newer layers. I will often start outlining the shapes of my painting with colors complementary of the final colors I plan to choose to help the final layer of paint to pop out. I also tend to choose brighter colors to start, and tone them down as I go. My painting may undergo several transformations before I finally land on the color and composition that I like. In the detail image shown here, I'm on about my 3rd layer (and I still have a couple to go), but you can catch a glimpse of the reds and purples with which I started.

It's hard for people to imagine unless they've seen my painting develop. For that reason, I willingly agree to demonstrate whenever asked. It's fun to see people repeatedly come back to my "show" to see how the painting progresses, and to see their surprise at how quickly I make complete changes to the color and composition as I work.

Next Demonstration
Saturday, May 16
5-8 p.m.
La Bella Casa - McMinnville, OR

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Composition in Progress - the constant re-working of a painting

Yes, I was trained by a school of abstract expressionists when I was at the U.W. And the first rule of thumb?... Never be complacent with your composition! For every action there is a reaction when I paint. I need a little more red here? Well, now I need a little more green over there. We were trained to always be thinking about how to improve our painting, not just dress it up prettier. We had to always think of the painting as a whole. Hence, you will see as I've added a cooler layer onto my painting it's also changing. The prior composition felt too posed, and so I moved a few things around a bit to give it a little more variety and a more casual (less forced) movement thru the painting. I hope you enjoy the progress - much more to come!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Commission Canvas has arrived!

I just received my 40 x 60 inch canvas from my canvas builder: ARTISAN CUSTOM CANVAS. I used to actually build and stretch my own, but I finally had to admit that I just don't have time for it. I'm so glad I found Graydon (owner of Artisan Custom Canvas). I'm happy to not only receive a high quality product for a reasonable price, but also to BUY LOCAL! (He's in Vancouver, WA). I'm also happy to get to start the actual painting of my ferry boat commissioned work! Here's a peek at the underpainting that I started today (after putting together my "sketch board" (my collage of drawn/painted/photographed/found/patron provided images from which I can build the foundations of my painting shown on the easel to the right). I'm looking forward to bringing my cool colors tomorrow!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you mothers out there are getting breakfast in bed and foot massages today! And if you don't want to fight for reservations or bother with the crowds, how about going for a family picnic! Maybe you'll even see a momma duck or two with babies en toe - they're so cute!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Arrival of Spring in Green Original Painting

"The Arrival of Spring in Green"
Acrylic on Canvas, 10 x 10 x 1.5 inch


I love the sea foam green that whips around this painting, capturing a couple little birds in its whimsy! This piece reflects one of my favorite ways of working a painting - loose and always game for a change, letting the paint lead the way. I love the texture too which was heightened when adding the final layer of paint with a palette knife.

A couple of little birds enjoying the secrets of Spring. I hope you enjoy!

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Drawing Day 2009

Come one, come all - Only 28 days and counting until Drawing Day 2009! Join in the fun and post your drawing of the day on June 6, 2009.

Here is my entry from last year - I hope you enjoy!
"Under a Canopy of a Thousand Lights"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Plein Air Painting Response No 1 (a painting video demonstration)

"A Bend in the Road No 2"
Acrylic on Paper, 7.5 x 15 inch


See the making of this painting on Youtube!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Art Card Sale on ETSY - Many NEW Cards NOW Available!

** NOTE CARD SALE thru Friday May 8 at 12pm P.T. **

Happy Cinco De Mayo! To celebrate - I'm offering a SALE!

Buy 10 or more Note Cards at my ETSY store and receive $15.00 off your order! Just look for my "4 x 6 Art Cards" and choose your favorite assortment!

(When checking out thru Etsy, if you complete full payment I will refund $15.00 thru Paypal. If you do not complete payment, I will adjust the invoice and send a new invoice showing the $15.00 credit. If you have any questions about how to receive your discount or process your order, feel free to let me know! Thank you!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Camas in Bloom ORIGINAL Painting

"Camas in Bloom"
Acrylic & India Ink on Canvas, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inch

Let me tell you about the making of this painting: I decided to hike into a wooded area to look for a nice quiet shady spot to paint. My day wasn't going as planned, and I wasn't in the best of moods, so I blame what happens next on sheer distractedness (a new word I just made up for this occasion!) I spotted some lovely purple Camas flowers growing along a riverbank. There was even a bench nearby so that I could sit while painting. As I was setting up I realized I forgot to bring water along for thinning the paint and rinsing out my brushes. I briefly thought about going back that short 1/4 mile and getting some water, but I was already in a mood and looking forward to a painting session to smooth out my ruffled feathers. So, I decided to carefully step down the riverbank and scoop a bit of river water. What the heck. I didn't realize until much too late that the last sloped step before getting down to the water was extremely slimy mud. Needless to say, I slipped on the mud and covered the entire left side of my body with it while also soaking my feet in the river. Not to be discouraged, I scooped up my water, picked myself up ever so carefully, and plodded back up the riverbank to my painting. It was just the wake-up call I needed to get me focused on the present, and forget my foolish fowl mood.

So... while muddy and wet, I am proud to say I painted this piece. And I love it. I hope you enjoy too!

Fine Art Quality Giclee Reproductions of this piece
unframed, framed, on canvas & paper
Available on Imagekind!

For more information about buying my ORIGINAL paintings online, please see my blog post HERE!

Welcome to the Saturday Market

"The Saturday Market"
May 2, 2009

Well, I finally made it into the Eugene Saturday Market! And no wonder. I think everyone who came made it in on Saturday due to the prediction of rain. What the weather report did not say was that rain would come in BUCKETS and whip a wind through the market that would take out all the vendors around me and send umbrellas flying. It was quite an introduction! Amazingly enough (and with many thanks to the kind vendors around me) I did not lose any inventory to the weather conditions despite having only a couple umbrellas to cover my table and at least the front half of me. (The back half of me was SOAKED!) I even made a couple sales! I was very sore the next day, though, from holding the umbrella all day and then grabbing and pulling back as tightly as I could on my easel for a couple hours during the windy worst of it to keep it from flying to the next county.

Not to worry though, I WILL BE BACK. I LOVE the people and the atmosphere of this great market. I can see why it is rated so highly. I am looking forward to getting an 8 x 8 space and using a tent in the next storm!

The Etsy Front Page

I love having a storefront on the popular handmade website ETSY. It's a great, inexpensive place to showcase my work and get attention from a worldwide audience. When I first joined a couple years ago, it was much smaller and I would often make the front page of the website where "treasuries" of featured items from a variety of sellers would be shown in a lovely grid. Since then, the site has grown enormously, and I often don't even know when I've made the front page, and definitely don't make it there as often simply due to the sheer numbers of sellers now on the site (no complaints, though, there are some GREAT sellers and items on Etsy!)

So... with no further ado, when I DO find myself there, I decided to announce it! Yesterday (May 3) this fun little Bicycle drawing (drawn while having a yummy cup of coffee at the Beanery in Corvallis where a bicycle rack out the window was holding this bike) made it to the front page! I hope you enjoy.

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