Paintings on Wood! And a new show.

wip2I’ve been working with some new materials, specifically learning how to use different kinds of paint on wood panels. For acrylic, I’ve used clear gesso, but I really wanted to use watercolors, and anyone who’s tried laying watercolors on top of raw wood knows – yeah, that doesn’t work. At all.

So, up until a few days ago, I was using Daniel Smith’s tinted watercolor ground, which you can use the same way as gesso to lay a watercolor-able surface down on practically anything (wood, glass, metal, plastic – the possibilities!). On my most recent trip to the art supply store, I was turned onto the fact that a CLEAR watercolor ground exists. What? Yes.


I’d already primed a number of wooden panels, so half of these new pieces are on a solid background, and the other half – with the transparent watercolor ground – gasp (!) – takes full advantage of that wonderful wood grain.

I tried “maskoid” (liquid masking fluid) out on the watercolor ground to see if it would work the same as on paper, and it does! This is how I get little stars and dust-spots (or orbs, or what have you).

2 player game detail

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“Two-Player Game”ant sisters detail

“Ant Sisters”

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“Mountain Woman”  wip  wip4

(This butterfly/moth girl is as of yet untitled. If you have any suggestions, please shoot!)

These pieces and a few more will be on display at Scratch Deli (1718 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) – with the opening night being this Saturday, from 7-9. Hope to see you there!!

Flies and Flowers – a little painting

I may have hinted at my love of houseflies before, in fact – I used to have a necklace with one held in resin (which everyone else told me was gross), which I sadly lost years ago, poor little guy. I only hope whoever found it appreciated it and didn’t toss it out in horror.

Here’s another little painting I did on Ampersand Aquabord, with colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic ink, sumi and micron pen, 5×7″.

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Ink and pencil drawing, trial and error

Here’s a current project: a drawing around 18×24″ in pencil and ink. I’m at a wall, wondering whether or not to incorporate color, some fabric flower collage, or something I haven’t yet thought of. The drawing was a struggle: even though there isn’t much information there, I must have drawn and erased the face at least six times! I think I’ll set this away where I can’t look at it for a few days, and come back with new eyes to see what I’m missing now, but thought I’d post these – if you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it – I certainly need it!

Custom drawings for someone special

A while back I received a box from Hawaii containing seven beautiful little pewter frames, and a request for some custom artwork to fill them, with full creative freedom. Yay!! The frames have been laying around the studio, waiting to be used, and just this week I got around to creating work for five of them:

And here they are in their wonderful frames:

I do custom artwork on occasion, but this project has been loads of fun because of the freedom I was given in choosing the subject matter. This quaint little lady is someone’s gangster granny:

This girl and her chameleon are going to elope one day: they’re so happy together!

And this little princess is super stubborn: arms and legs crossed. She’s surrounded with juniper berries, because she loves the smell of gin.

This is a great exercise for coming up with things to draw: have a frame empty and waiting, preferably and old and interesting one, and draw up the first idea you have, and fill it. It’s very fun, and very fulfilling. Give it a try! Oh, and thank you, thank you, Anne.