Color Blocks

This miniature collage started in one place and ended in another.  Another example of my art telling where it needs to go!  I began by applying a thick layer of gesso to a large postcard.  Once it was dry I drew designs on it with a water-soluble crayon and softened it with water.  Today began using watercolor to add detail to the surface.  But unfortunately I ended up with what looked like a face, and an unhappy one at that.  So, I had some tissue paper close at hand and began applying it in small pieces.  As I went along the pieces grew larger and the result much more compelling.  I love the color blocks in this and the way you can see through the layers.  It was a good start to my day and though I would love to move onto my large canvas  right now the grocery store beckons.  Ugh!

Fun with Mediums

Okay, I just couldn’t resist putting this image in at full size.  It has so much more impact that way.  It may not be the most beautiful postcard I’ve made, but I like the colors and the way I created it was so much fun that I wanted to share it.  I started with a postcard, as usual, that had bright pretty colors.  When I started I didn’t expect to ever see those colors.  I took crackle medium and covered the surface of the postcard.  There were a few small gaps, where I didn’t do a perfect job with my palette knife, but I kind of liked them and opted not to fill them.  I let it dry and came back the next morning.  It had crackled like crazy.  I started using a water soluble crayon to add color and then applied water with a brush.  As I was doing this parts of the surface cracked right off.  Oops!  I didn’t mind but I know that this card wouldn’t last without an “intervention”!  Inspiration struck.  I grabbed some self-leveling clear medium that I had bought.  I poured some onto the surface and spread it out.  Voila!  It is now completely sealed and has a lovely glossy finish.  I liked the result so much that I just put crackle on another postcard to take another stab at this new game.  Happy Monday!

p.s.  I wrote about YOU, my fun blogging friends, in my other blog.  If you’re a wee bit curious about what I had to say, you can check it out here…

Court Jester

What a beautiful weekend it has been here in New England.  I had hoped to do a lot of art last week but it was not to be.  It was a crazy, hectic week filled with lots of activities that could not be avoided.  No matter.  It’s Sunday and the start of a brand new week of adventure.  On Friday I did make it upstairs for a short while to play at my table.  The first thing I did was to put this postcard together.  I call it Court Jester because I see a jester with a silly hat in the white paint.  This was a piece of wax paper that I was using as a drop cloth while doing other work.  I cut this section and glued it to an old postcard that had a rather prominent color design.  It provides some interesting shapes beneath the wax paper.  I also started a couple of other larger postcards that are still in process.  I’m thinking that they may get posted tomorrow.  We’ll see.  I have to help hang at show at Galatea Fine Art and get my daughter to a doctor’s appointment.  But I can still hope!

BWR Evolution Gets Radical!

Well, I got a bit radical today.  I felt that this piece, overall, was a bit too bright.  Moreover, while I really like how the upper portions were evolving I was not happy with the bottom portions.  I sat for some time to figure out how to change what was there.  But sometimes you have to let go.  I let go of the parts I didn’t like by using a black glaze over them to reduce the red and reduce the “noise”.  I am happy with the result and I feel it gives me a fresh perspective.  I think I was stuck because I didn’t like where this piece was headed.  I have now given it a new direction and I feel great to have taken the plunge.  Now I have to go make guacamole for the Pats versus the Ravens.  GO PAT’S!!!!!!!!!

BWR Evolution


I spent time on my large canvas today.  I thumbed through my postcards and art to look for inspiration on where to go next with this piece.  I do plan to add more words but that wasn’t where my head was at today.  I decided that I love sort of odd-shaped checkerboard patterns and I decided to try adding that to this piece to see how it would look.  I chose the narrow sections around some of my orbs as I thought it would integrate them into the overall design better.  So far I am happy with the result and I do feel the orbs now feel more integrated and incorporated into the overall design.  I also used marker on some of the words to bring them into sharper focus.  I am moving forward with this piece and it feels good.  I have to keep my momentum going even at the risk of taking a misstep.  I have to remember that this is a fluid, process-based piece that will continue to evolve.  Missteps are all part of the journey!  I posted a before and after picture so I could see my progress.  The first picture (before) is a bit over exposed but still allows for comparison.

BWR Progress

I am very excited so I had to get right on and post about it.  I had decided I wanted to add some text to my black, white and red canvas.  Rather than painting or writing the text, I wanted to print it out and transfer it to the canvas using matte medium.  To do this I had to print the words backwards which is an option that my print menu does not afford me.  However, I have found the answer!  I opened a Word document and typed in some text as word art.  Then I pulled the right side of the word art over the left edge which reversed the text.  Voila!  I printed the reversed text and applied it to the canvas.  It was a bit of a rudimentary attempt that needs more care and precision.  All the same, I am happy to have found the solution.  Check back later for further updates on how well I can make this work for me!

Black and White and Red All Over…?

Hmmmmm, I know the answer to the riddle that starts that way is the newspaper, but I’m talking about a large canvas I have in progress.  I felt compelled to try to work large.  It seems that so much work is done on a large-scale and I should try it.  It has been very difficult for me.  It’s hard to “play” with a large piece.  It’s harder to work on an easel instead of flat on my table.  The large pieces seem to take forever, mostly because I am stymied by them.  The first one took a long time and I was happy with the result.  This one , which 36’x48′, is also taking a long time and I’m somewhat at a loss where to go next.  I thought I would post a picture because I think whatever I do next may be radical and push much of the current work into the background.  Then again, I’m not sure of that.  You’ll just have to wait and see – much like me!

BTW – I have another blog on which I have decided to track my New Years Resolutions.  Stop by if you’re curious!

The Time Machine

Those of you who are younger will not remember an old, old show called The Time Machine.  Those around my age may remember it.  There was a black and white vortex that was somehow used to travel through time.  It’s so long ago that I don’t really remember the much about the show, but this design reminded me of it.  It is the start of a new two page spread in my altered book.  I haven’t decided where to go next or whether I will actually keep going.  I don’t need to decide that now.  I just like the colors, the shape, and the way that one starts at the bottom of the page and the other starts at the top.  I am easily amused! 🙂


This digital collage is part of an experiment.  A couple of years ago I decided that I would like to collage on old windows.  I found a woman nearby and went and purchased 3 of them for a song.  They are still sitting in the garage which probably drives my husband crazy.  But he’s patient and knows that I will use them eventually.  I saw a window in New Mexico that had old photos in the panes surrounded by metal.  It was interesting and gave me an idea.  I’ve always wanted to keep the transparency of the panes, not obscure them entirely.  So I’ve decided to create some digital collages, print them onto transparencies and try applying them to glass to see if this will be a worthy use of my windows.  I may also try to find some transparent inks to play with in terms of painting on the collages.

For this collage I started with the scan of a page from a old calendar that was my Aunts.  It is a reproduction of an old travel poster.  In photoshop I added a layer that was a picture of concreate.  I did this in order to try and “age” the appearance of the original image.  Finally I added a third layer which is a picture of my parents on a cruise ages ago.  They loved to take cruises.  I flattened the image and made it black and white.

I have all of the old family photos and there are people in the box that my siblings and I can’t identify.  I’m thinking I might scan those and create stories for them in the form of collages.  We’ll see…

Purple Spikes

Ah, I have finally returned to the studio to get my hands dirty.  It’s been a while.  Okay, it’s been a long while.  The demands of the holiday and my being away have kept me from indulging myself.  This was a small start but a start none-the-less.  I pulled out a book I had been altering and just let go.  I started with yellow tissue paper and then moved on to purple.  I finished by added the slivers of color.  Those were cut from a piece of wax paper that I had used as a palette.  It is a simple page spread but I like it that way.  Rather than keep going I liked the simple bold design.  It feels good to be back at work!