Thursday, September 30, 2010

it worked!

the trash can liner proved to be the right stuff for a no stick experience, tho it will be taped & stretched next time for a smoother, more level no stick experience. and i think i got carried away with paint & ink (shock!) b/c this could be a bit of a challenge to see an image on. tho if it's bold enough it would work.

here's a close up so you can see the fabric. the white bits behind the fabric are actually clear, as you'll see in the next photo. this is the scanner lid showing through.

the possibilities are endless!

 but.... i have to hold that thought, b/c we are off to farm aid tomorrow. we really wanted to see john mellencamp- his new music is killer, if you haven't checked it out- and it just seemed logical. i might be able to see neil young put on a good show too, which would be nice. then there's willie, jason mraz, norah jones, kenny chesney & some great yet to be discovered talent. woo hoo!

John Mellencamp | A Ride Back Home

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


between rheni tauchid's the new acrylics & patty brady's rethinking acrylic i am in experimentation mode. lots of wonderful technical info as well as ideas for using various mediums & types of acrylic paint. lots of texture & layers. oh boy!

smudged some modeling paste & stucco paste on this & followed with a glaze of quincadrone nickel azo. loving the warm color & emerging texture.

i've been wanting to try this for a while- make a skin to (hopefully) print on. the tauchid book has a great skin from mesh wire (will try that too) and i thought that this cloth might be interesting.

put a garbage bag ( hopefully a non stick surface) on a cookie sheet & poured out the self leveling gel.

then dribs & drabs of liquid acrylic, acrylic ink & some other water soluble ink. i knew this stuff would come in handy some day!

and used various implements (toothpick, palette knife, skewer, color shaper) to move the color around. i had originally planned to let this dry clear, just the gel & cloth, then went to a few dots for interest & ended up here. it'll be interesting- and if it's too busy there's always the other side. if it peels off. we'll see!

and that was tonight's fun. can't wait to see where it goes next!

Monday, September 27, 2010

wow! a whole week missing-

off to orlando last monday

it was a busy week of meetings. we did have some fun too- did a service project one afternoon, which was great, and wrigley took us all to harry potter world on thursday night- it was a blast! the attraction is just amazing- just what i pictured from reading the books, the roller coasters & virtual reality rides were a blast- and there were no lines to deal with!

home friday afternoon, off to scottsdale saturday. marriott points gaining us a nice room at the mariott camelback resort. unseasonably warm, but who cares? we spent 2 days hanging at the pool. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

tom petty cancelled, but we had a lovely time anyway, and i managed to get some decent photos with the small camera-

short week- we're back out on friday to milwaukee for farm aid, but recharging the ole creativity is good too. read the new acrylics by rheni tauchid and got lots of ideas for when i have time...... stay tuned!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

nothing goes as planned

well, i did get my trim painting finished, and 2 coats at that, but i woke this morning with a headache & proceeded to sleep most of the day away, between bouts of reading the latest vi warshawski novel and quaffing emergen-c and airborne.

husband came home friday afternoon with some really nasty virus and has been sleeping pretty much ever since.

i was really wondering if i was going to be able to get on a plane tomorrow, but seem to have rallied a bit. no art was done, though. luckily, i remembered these pieces, which haven't been in the downtown gallery yet and will work to fill out my inches if i don't finish something else.

this was my first excursion into transfers, done with copies & caulk. the process is to lay the copy face down on the caulk and smooth it, then let everything dry. once dry, the paper is dampened and rubbed off with fingers. it's a long and tedious process, which is why i started looking for alternatives, but it does produce very clear and detailed transfers. these are done with oil paint rather than acrylic.

these are 8x8 and i have them priced as a triptych. i think i need to scout thru the garden for more seed heads to scan- they do make great images to blow up & play with.

off to florida early tomorrow morning- i hope i feel human and don't infect my fellow travelers. happy monday all! will try to get some arty photos to post-

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ay yi yi!

so much to do, running out of time! good thing i have dogs around to remind me to exercise & play....

one more done....... still need 22 inches. it's supposed to rain sunday, hopefully i can make progress on that. and pack.

lean on me 7x5 mixed media

steve got the door hung last night- he had to do it from scratch b/c i wanted it to swing out to give more room inside. he also had to trim 4 inches off the bottom so it would fit the studio. did a great job all of the way around- it swings nicely & closes tight. he trimmed it out tonight.

i got 3/4 of the trim painted. it'll all need another coat, and then i'll have to go back witrh the green & touch up sloppy edges & drips- i am NOT a neat painter. oh well :)

that's it for now! busy busy...... hopefully there are some ideas incubating that will enable me to crank some art out on sunday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

every dog deserves a healthy and happy life

from life with dogs

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echo is a breeder take back. his owners tried to turn him into rescue, but were told that if the breeder would take him back (which is what responsible breeders do) that's what they needed to do. i went looking for an adult bouvier through rescue ( we lost 2 bouves- tara at nearly 14 and teddy at 10- in the previous 6 months) and was put in touch with his breeder. he's a wonderful boy and i am so glad to have him.

i hope that this post will give some dogs time to find their forever homes-

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

gotta make art!

i need 22 more horizontal inches of new art for the gallery this month. and i have this week (and a few days at the end of the month) to do it. ack! (and probably need a cushion since i am BOUND to sell a few more pieces & keep my streak of making enough to pay for rent alive)

nancy came over for art night- last time for a few weeks- and i got started on some more pieces.

this is 8 in wide- developing a nicely textured & interesting background-

10 in wide- the same

and 6 in wide- the most developed so far

only 24 inches total, better start something else! not to mention getting inspired to make something good with these. argh! send good creative energy juju my way, i may need it!

at least these 2 are shaping up. both 7x5

the bottom one didn't scan so well due to the texture & depth of the pattern on the right- that part isn't as pronounced at it appears here, it all hangs together much better.

anyway- that's it for me! it's art panic time. wish me luck!

Monday, September 13, 2010


i got the windows all caulked in on the studio. i'll be snug as a bug in a rug! now i get to paint trim & touch up the body color. beats hanging insulation!

ok, this is done (i'm pretty sure :)). thanks again to diane for the encouragement- i really had a hard time seeing it getting better. i kept calling it sanctuary even tho, as anne said, it looked sort of ominous. but then i got out ted steven's animal speak & looked up crow and lo and behold "the secret magic of creation is calling";"black is the maternal color, the black night giving birth to a new day"; and crows are associated with watchfulness. it never ceases to amaze me where things take me and what connections are there if i look.

sanctuary 6x6 mixed media

i think this is done, too.

the key 6x6 mixed media

i wish i had run the bronze on the left of this too before adding the transfer. the right & left sides look disconnected, or maybe just too evenly split vertically. i'll use some spray var to protect the transfer (learned THAT lesson the hard way!), then a layer of gloss gel medium, then something to better connect the sides. i do like the direction it's headed, tho.

murphy had a pretty tough night. not sure how it works that one side levitates when a person gets within 5 feet- works that way with the bouve too, even tho they appear to be sound asleep. go figure :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

sunday, a day of rest?

started the day with a nice hike with margie & the dogs. the little dog, murphy, made it 3 miles before we had to carry her, which was great. she also did a good job sticking around. and is now snoozing.

got the second coat of paint finished up. this is the alley side of the studio. the trim will be cream colored. matches the house.

and started on insulation- which requires long sleeves & it was way too hot to do more.

steve got lots done- finished wiring, got the soffets up. more work for the painter!

i realized i need 32 more horizontal inches to swap out in october- and i need to finish this week, b/c i will be in florida all of next week, then phoenix for the weekend, then off to milwaukee the following friday for that weekend. yikes!

so......another 5x7

8x10 started  
(that's only 13 inches! i put gesso on a 10x10 too, and will have to start another)

this is closer to done- added the map transfer on the left
i did a few more layers of color here, which tied everything together & i think it's done

this is very close to complete too. added blue in the sky & punched up some reds & blues. i think a bit of white in the sky as well- and maybe around the crow- and we might be good.

and that's it for now! stay tuned- lots more to come this week (there better be anyway!). have a great week everyone!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


thanks for the encouragement diane- it's slightly less icky now :) couldn't scan due to wet gel medium. lots of scrubbing with alcohol, layers, markers. it's odd, but progressing

arrow, arson, art- creo que fin

and who knows about this one, tho it is progressing nicely.

sadly, this undoubtedly means that i won't be selling anything at asg this month, b/c i have back up art now. on the bright side, i'm building the swap out inventory :)


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


willie nelson was wonderful! hard to believe the man is 77 years old! he plays an amazing guitar and sounds as good as ever. and it was a beautiful night and we had great seats. again, an amazing artist who obviously loves performing.

i have been trying to finish something to take in to the gallery to replace the one i sold friday. this is 5x7 and needs a name. something clever like flower.

i don't know what to do with this. it's icky. i guess i'll look at it for a few days & see what occurs. i can always add layers!

and that's it for now. plan to hit the art making hard this weekend, need to generate some backup work (which is a good thing!)