More oysters

It’s becoming an obsession probably. Using oysters as a starting point for paintings.






Art on holidays

I am basking in the beautiful sun in Cancun. While it’s 6C at home, and pouring rain, the Mexicans here are complaining because it’s only 15C in the morning!!!! Hahaha. I hear it’s below 0F in Chicago. Yikes.
I’ve been painting alebrijes, after Teri mentioned them. What a gorgeous and colorful design those animals have. Here is my inspiration card for the exchange on Sketchbook Yahoo group. It’s going to Australia….
I’ve also been painting shells to go in my “Oyster” book, which I’m making in the style inspired by Gina Armfield, in her online class called "Song of the Sea". You pick a theme, then paint in a large accounting book, decorate it with poems, paintings, line drawings, anything related, and lots of pages tipped in with that marvelous washi tape. I just got a large shipment from Happy Tape, waiting for me at home when I get back. I use my acrylic paints as watercolors.
CIMG3442 CIMG3443 CIMG3444 I also painted a small abstract picture. I just understood something that Robert Ryman was explaining: using white paint to make the other colors pop. It’s probably obvious, but since I’m completely self taught, I had not thought of that. I did the painting from an exercise I did in Steve Aimone workshop, abstracting from the environment. Unfortunately, I ran out of white paint half way through. So I’ll call this painting Work In Progress…

Next are pictures of Cancun where I”m staying, so for everyone freezing under tons of snow in North America, you may leave the blog at this stage, I’ll understand. ;-))

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Abstract paintings

22x30, Paper
22x30 on stretched canvas.
This one is the reincarnation of the white one. 22x30 on paper
22.30 on paper. Acrylic and acrylic inks
This one is the reincarnation of the blue one. 22x30 on stretched canvas, acrylic and acrylic inks.

48 x48 canvas

Medieval book

One of my books had these gorgeous images from the Middle Ages, and it inspired me to make a book, as a class journal for the upcoming DJ Pettitt workshop in Jacksonville, OR, in January.

I admire DJ’s work no end and I am thrilled to be taking a workshop with her. I had to have a journal that would do her justice.

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Yes, I do like John Waterhouse. To a point. His images seemed fitting for the theme.

And yes, I did buy a wedding gown at my favorite thriftstore, to salvage the lace.

Travel book

My beautiful friend is away to Hawaii for 4 (or 5) months.

How could I let her go without a journal of her own, with lots of watercolor paper and pages to record her thoughts.

It had to have a travel bag, to survive the many moves.


This book is a combination of various techniques I learned, or have just seen and yearned to experiment with. I stand on the shoulders of such giants at Mary Ann Moss, DJ Pettitt, whom I will meet in January, and with whom I will take a class, Albie Smith, and my own craziness.

I’ve included bits of failed paintings, found lace and jewelry from my favorite thriftstore, and recently, bits of a wedding gown.

Tiny Treasures

At the last Art & Soul Retreat, I took a wonderful class from Albie Smith, where she taught how to make those gorgeous little books. 

They ARE little: 2x5 x 3.



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The binding is called French Ribbon Stitching.

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