Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Six more little paintings 8" x 8" X 2" deep, for the Mountain Heritage show this weekend. Mostly acrylic paint, some collage pieces, black and white charcoal, oil pastel. 

When I apply gesso to these wood cradle boards to start the paintings, I score the surface before it dries with the end of the brush handle, making sweeping lines and scribbley shapes. When the gesso has dried, I scrape on thin layers of neutral color, like ochre and raw umber. The scored lines show up darker because they have filled with pigment. I add other colors over that surface and the abstract, random lines and shapes that result are what I use to find the landscape features and figures. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Twelve small paintings

Twelve paintings ranging in size from 10" X 10" to 12" X 12" on 2" deep wood panels with the image wrapped around the edges as usual. They will go with me to the Mountain Heritage show in Jefferson County, WV next weekend. No collage in these, just paint and charcoal, some oil pastel. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Some more new paintings for a show in Gaithersburg

These ten paintings are headed for a show at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD. I will be with four other very interesting artists in this mixed media exhibit. (see postcard at bottom of post)

Each painting is on a 2" deep wood panels, with acrylic, painted and hand-printed papers, charcoal, and oil and chalk pastel. The images continue around the sides.

40" X 40" This one was inspired by a little visitor to the barn. We had a guinea hen adopt us for a few weeks, but, sadly, she has moved on. We got quite attached to her and she was great at eating up bugs! She would gently peck the flies from the horses legs and fly masks. And I miss her running commentary of chirps and whistles. 

Birdtown, 40" X 40" 

Giraffe and Goat Visit Birdtown, 20" X 20" 

Cat Visits Birdtown Beach, 20" X 20"

Birdtown Park, 24" X 18"

Birdtown Friends, 24" X 18"

Two Horses Visit Birdtown, 24" X 24"

Birdtown Beach, 24" X 24"

Birdtown Northend, 24" X 18"

Birdtown Pond, 24" X 18"

Here are some of the paintings at beginning stages with layers of paint and texture. I'd started to find images on some of them, drawn in with charcoal. 

On the bottom of the left panel you might see where I found the guinea hen. I called her Mutt because she had shown up with Jeff, who moved on the next day. Later I changed her name to Jean Louise having just listened to To Kill a Mockingbird on CD. It fit her better, but her nickname remained Mutt...not Scout. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ten new paintings

The medium and small pieces in this group started as compositions taken from my machine sketches, just to give me a structure, or starting point, for the images. 

All are on 2" deep wood cradle boards with the images wrapping around the sides.

I'll take this new batch of paintings with me for the second Chautauqua show next weekend.

 40" X 40" 
Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, painted paper collage
(painted over painting in last post of birds on brown background)

 20" X 20"
Acrylic, charcoal, painted paper collage

 24" X 18" 
Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, painted paper collage

 20" X 20"
Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, painted paper collage

The next six are all 10" X 10", acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, painted paper collage

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Paintings with Collage for Chautauqua Show

18 paintings, varying in size from 8" to 40" square, with a lot of collage using papers that I've painted or printed. They are on 2" deep wood panels (cradle boards) and the images continue around the sides. I will take them with me to the Crafts Alliance show in Chautauqua, NY this weekend. 

The previous theme with machinery didn't show up in these. What can I say? I guess my paintings are the results of my mood at the time. Certainly lots of birds! Trees, houses and water, inspired by their destination - Lake Chautuaqua. The machinery will most likely reappear in the future.