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Drawing and Monoprinting

It has been SO SO LONG! But I have been able to squeeze in a few drawings and monoprints since the last time!

First, are the monoprints. These are acrylic on Bristol paper. I hope to embellish the flowers on my tablet before I commit to altering the painting!

Lastly, my drawings and paintings! The first is an acrylic + watercolor inspired by our beautiful back yard. The second is a pencil drawing + watercolor of a Florida flower. Any ideas of what it could be?? Let me know if you have any comments!



So many ideas, so little time!

Time has slipped by, and it is now autumn. I DO have some time today to share some of my experiments, paintings and sketches! So, here they are

First, is my completed acrylic painting 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas. I used acrylic medium to build up the flower petals, they are raised up on the canvas about an 1/8 of an inch. Then, overpainted the petals with titanium white. I have another canvas 16 x 20 in the works, with a much bolder texture. That is for another day!

Next, I have some monoprints. I have been creating these on plexiglass with Golden Open Acrylics. I add some watercolor to the monoprint, which adheres to the areas that the acrylic did not cover, and then use acrylic ink to add whatever detail I desire. Some I like, some I don’t. But these three have some intriguing possibilities.

Finally, I have been working on some Hollyhocks. They were so beautiful this year, I really wanted to capture them. I have made numerous sketches. It has been difficult to get the composition just right, but I am hoping that I am on the right track. I used my acrylic markers, Gelatoes and NeoColor crayons for these efforts. Eventually, I will paint these little beauties on a black gessoed canvas so the pink pops right out at the viewer! Hope you have a great week!



Getting some Franken-Art done!

I have been complaining about not getting stuff done. So! I got all my sketchbooks together and scanned in all my “Franken- Art”, just to see where I am at. I was actually pretty pleased by the amount of work that I have completed.

First of all, I want to show off my latest acrylic transfer. I painted the butterfly on a transparent plastic bag, then dry transferred it to an acrylic primed piece of watercolor paper. The only problem that I had, so was it buckled. The paper flattened out after a few days, but the image does have a few wrinkles. I would be interested in any comments that you might have on this! (I used iridescent paint and it shimmers in the light!)


Next, I finished a mono-prints that have been hanging around for months. That was very satisfying! The first two are acrylics, and the bottom two are watercolor. All started their lives as mono-prints.


The last painting is one that I did Plein Air today. It was slow starting, but what a beautiful day to be outside painting! Have a wonderful evening!




Where to Begin?


I have been Plein Air painting with my good friend and mentor Marianna this summer. I have learned so much from this lovely lady!! Since I have a few minutes today (Bailey (the dog) is napping!!), I scanned some of my work to share with you.

The painting on the left is acrylic landscape, on acrylic primed canvas board, 8 x 10. The two center pieces are of an “elusive” oak in Townsend Park. We park our cars in the morning when the light is perfect and by the time we get set up, the light is gone. The tree has a lovely shape and I have many pictures of it. Hope to be able to capture its essence. The oil painting is on an oil primed canvas board, 8 x 10. I used water soluble Daniel Smith Oil paints, and oil bars (my old stand by). The last sketch is another interesting tree at Townsend park. If I have spare time at the end of class, I try not to waste it!

This week, we did something entirely different! Abstract!

If that isn’t enough, how about a few monoprints to finish the day?

Upper Left is a geranium in acrylic, the lower left is an orchid in watercolor and the right is a painting with the daisies painted in oil pastel as a resist. Then I mixed yellow and indigo on a Plexiglas plate and laid the daisy painting into the paint. Once the acrylic was dry, I scrapped off the acrylic from the daises and there it is!

I’d love to hear from you! Have  a great week!


Mono-prints + and Stencils

I worked on “completing” some of the mono-prints that I worked up last week. I had some frisket (which was almost 10 years old) and masked out the yellows and the greens in the stems. When that was dry, I outlined the sunflowers with a water-soluble marker, then wet the ink down and let it run. I used 9 x 12 Aquarelle WC paper for this painting.

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I also played with the sunflower stencil I made out of plastic. So much easier to work with than the one that I made out of canvas paper. Here are two examples:

These stencils are LOTs of fun to work with. I used acrylic markers, sprayed acrylic ink and even used Sharpies to outline the flower! Hope that everyone had a great week! Hope to check in again soon!



Monoprints 101

I have been doing a fair amount of experimenting and haven’t had much luck until today. Yesterday, I put watercolors on a piece of glass and let it dry over night. So this morning I made three monoprints! I was excited with the results!

This is the 8 x 10 glass plate that I painted the sunflowers on

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Next, I wet a piece of 9 x 12 Watercolor paper and made this first print. It REALLY bleed all over. I think that this may be something that I can work with later.

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The next print was on Dry 9 x 12 Watercolor paper. I added some red to the center. This piece was scanned and it is pixeled, but you can see how nicely the colors are “staying put” on the dry paper.

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Lastly, this is the final print on Canson Mixed Media paper (though there is still a significant amount of paint on the glass). There was just enough paint on the paper that I could move it around a bit and create flower petals. I may embellish this further with reds and blue.


AND in the overshare department, here is an 8.5 x 5.5 Watercolor that I did of a scene from my plein air class. If you see a black blob in the trees, you can blame it on the dog!

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I have been having so much fun making stencils. One of my online courses suggested that tracing or copying your own work was not only okay… But could be a time saver! So of course, I got out one of my old watercolors, made a stencil of the drawing and then sprayed ink, splashed watercolor and generally had a wonderful time. What do you think of all of this? Is it cheating to reuse your own homemade stencils?

This is a copy of one of my original watercolors.


Then I created a stencil

Then I sprayed, spattered and splashed acrylic ink and watercolor.

And BECAUSE I like oversharing, here are two sketches from my plein air class this week. Both are watercolor and ink. Have a great week!



Checking in…

Greetings! It is FINALLY springtime here! The lush spring colors are always an inspiration. I have been working with watercolors, watercolor sticks, acrylic inks and acrylics in my sketchbooks. Here are a few samples of my work!

The hay roll scene was done in watercolor on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 5.5 x 8.5 with watercolor and watercolor sticks

The daffodil painting was done in watercolor, watercolor sticks, outlined with speedball pen. Then I added a wash to the ink to get the background color. Canson Mixed Media Paper, 7 x 10

Lastly, the dune picture was done with watercolor, watercolor sticks, Inktense pencils, and ink. Strathmore Mixed Media 9 x 12.

Franken”art” experiments

My franken”art” “experiments” have been evolving. The more I watch YouTube Videos, the more excited I get about playing around with acrylic paints. I’ve continued working on the monoprints. Once I get the print, the painting starts to just evolve when I satart messing around with it. Here is the current (final) state of my first two monoprints. The second print has a freshness to it, which I find appealing.


Next, I tried doing a landscape by painting on glass and creating a print from it.


I did some acrylic transfer. I admit that the first 2 were disasters, never to see the light of day again. But then I used a technique that I found on YouTube to transfer markers to watercolor paper. I did a simple sketch of a pelican and I found that it transferred quite nicely. The background was a bit shiny for my taste, but I’ll have to work with the acrylic medium to get the proper consistency.  All the YouTube videos make it look “so easy”..

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Finally, I did a number of acrylics paint skins. Wow, these are fun to play with. I wasted ALOT of medium, but finally came up with one that I liked. To create this little masterpiece(?), you use acrylic paint on a piece of plastic (I used a sheet protector), add some medium and wait for it to dry. Then, peal it off the plastic. The first picture is a front view of the waterlily, the second one is a view from the back. Well, enough for today! Have a great day!





Here are a few examples of my new sketchbook paintings. The birds are watercolor on 3.5 x 5 Strathmore Cold Press Visual Journal Paper.
The Flower Pot, Water Lily and Beach Flowers are examples of mono-printing with watercolor. The technique is really easy. Apply paint, then press the adjacent page and make a mirror image of it. I actually like the more “abstract” print better than some of the originals. It gives you are great point to start a fresh painting from! Let me know if you have any comments!