Friday, July 31, 2009

Around the house #2

More practice,actually that's all I really do, is practice. Well it's a beautiful day in Michigan and silly me sat inside and painted. Tomorrow, or this evening ,I will have to go outside and paint some of the flowers in the garden.

More around the house paintings of my bedroom. The armoire was a great find as was the chair.The armorie was purchased at an antique show, the chair was bought second hand and slip covered.

The abstract started out as violets,also in my bedroom. The painting wasn't going that great so i cropped it scrubbed it,painted it and now feel the need to add some hard lines. Maybe look for the violets,that will be the difficult part.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Around the house

Practice on scraps of paper. Something different,gluing shells on antique bottles. The second time around using 300lb. seemed a little less stressful.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

300 lb. paper

More Lily's,this time I tried them on 300 lb. paper.Wow what a difference. The paper absorbs so well but when you think it's dry it isn't and tiny bits of paint seep into the the seemingly dry area. So there is definitely a learning curve here. Also the paint seems to look different,not sure yet. Honestly when you cut it,it's like cardboard. I think I could take a scrub brush to it.... maybe I will.

Friday, July 24, 2009


More Lily's different approach.hmmm,
I began painting the background first and sort of lost the sketch. My brain kept calling out, yellow pastel, and well once that happens I just can't stop. There are areas of color in this painting that I really enjoy a jumble of colors. The shapes and composition are a little less pleasing. More Lily's this week for sure.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


My classroom is such that at any given time I could have numerous therapists in my room. The children in my classroom are very young and often multiply impaired and the earlier we intervene the better the outcome. The occupational therapist is great fun and always has wonderful interesting toys one of which is Changeables. Changeables are markers that change colors when a neutral marker is placed on top of a color and presto chang-o a new wonderful color appears. Well, that is exactly how DS color Nickel Azo Yellow reacts with Phthalo Green Yellow Shade. It's such a pleasure to see the dark green change to a beautiful yellow green before your eyes. Delicious.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I had specific goals when working on this painting,of course most my paintings are to explore and learn,anyway the goal was to use vertical & horizontal divisions in the painting and to try to develop a better feel for negative painting. As I continued to work I filled in areas of white, that in retrospect, looked better left white.(top right hand corner and top left. ) Painting this I realized that there was a lot going on and the eye really didn't have a place to rest. My brush wouldn't let me stop.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Morning patio painting

This is a painting of my backyard patio. It really became more of a pastel and watercolor. I found that it is quite a bit of fun to do flowers is pastel. I'm not crazy about the flower colors something with the orange. This is just a 5x7 practice painting I think I will paint it again on a bigger sheet of paper and work on changing the flower colors.