Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Painting Random

Little by little I will get there. I'm working from the face out on a background of random shapes and colors over random collage papers. I also am trying to be random with strokes but find that so very hard to do.

I do have a theme in mind. And maybe that is the problem. I feel a struggle going on with this piece. I know you know the feeling or is it thoughts. You want to sit down in front of a canvas and just pick up your brush and let the brush paint something spectacular. You can see it in your head. You know it is possible. You think you can do it. You believe you can do it. You want to believe you can do it. And then you start pretending that you can do it. And you promised that you would listen and make random strokes guided by the brush or pencil. And you hope that no matter what disaster appears that you can salvage it.

That's all for now,

Monday, March 29, 2010


I really do have a lot of excuses that I tell myself when I don't stick with something. The biggest one, the one that gets me off the hook, the one that I always resort to is this: If I were just at home all day every day then I could accomplish all the things that I want to do. And I would have the energy to do those things. And I would still have enough time to sit in the chair too. And I might even want to clean my house too.

I could make a list of all the things that I didn't do over the weekend but I'm afraid it is too boring. I will tell you that this little face is on a big canvas that I didn't stick to and finish.
Tomorrow is another day.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Workshop for painting Dark Skintones

I've just added a new online class.
Well, it is not really new because it was slipped into my first workshop, Faces: All Norah'S as an extra.
I now offer this class for painting darker skintones as a stand alone class.

All Class Videos and lesson material is presented at the beginning of this class. You will have access to them any time. This class will continue for an indefinite period and you are welcome to stay as long as you like and take as long as you wish to paint.
There are eight videos that total 92 minutes of instruction.

You will learn how to transfer images as background layers;
but mainly this is about painting darker faces using Folk Art craft paints.
5 x 5 canvas or substrate of your choice
small size is preferred
Folk Art colors used: Maple Syrup
Ultramarine Blue
Pure Orange
Italian Sage
True Burgundy
Golden Liquid Acrylic used:
Bone Black
Turquois (Phthalo)
Burnt Umber Light
Golden heavy body Zinc White or a Folk Art white
Golden Mediums: Matte Medium #3530 and Soft Gel (Matte) #3013
Please note: If you have taken the Faces: All Norah'S workshop ($65.00), this is part of that workshop.
You won't be able to navigate until you buy a workshop and then sign up.
But you can see what a great site it is and watch the photo slide show.
Join me,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Silk Weaving

I continue to need to touch cloth and stitch. It is a time of thinking about things. I'm so inspired by Jude Hill's journey with cloth and the way she shares her thoughts and techniques. She has inspired me to weave silk directly on the cloth. However, I did it a little different than she showed in her video in this post. I flipped the strips and anchored them before weaving. I only wish I had realized that I could have anchored a second side before weaving.

Confusion in the title of my cloth.
We're expecting again.
Spring can be very tiny.

This is for YOU.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Celebrating Spring

Another Friday is here. Believe it or not. The weekend weather looks promising in my back yard and I plan to do a little spring cleaning out there. There will be nothing to show for it, just a Spring Celebration I guess. I plan to enjoy a random weekend of work and play. Hope you do too.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bird Friends

The background on the canvas really did speak to me about where the face should be.

8 X 24 is very hard to photograph

I don't know their story yet.
But she surely has one.
Hope you have a great "random" week.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

My Moods

Hope you don't mind that I share with you in bits and pieces.
Above is what I did to the the collage background in my last post.
I was inspired to use the colors again that I used in this piece.
Which by the way was part of week four lesson of Faces: All Norah'S workshop.
So, anyway the above background was all ready for the weekend and I had an inkling of what I wanted to paint. And I did paint some.
But the problem was that I really wasn't in a painting mood.
Now I don't know about you but it sure aggravates me to be waiting for the weekend and excited to paint and yet not in the mood. How can one have both feelings all at the same time?
I don't know.
But I did sit in the chair all day Sunday thinking about it.
While I did that my painting in progress was going through the "stare" stage.
I did not like the stiffness of my birdie's legs.
So this morning during my hour of art, I just collaged right over them.

And then I put the background back in.
My philosophy: If I did it once, I can do it again.
Just had to show him.
Hopefully this work in progress will be ready for my next post.

I will say that I'm feeling the mood to paint.
Thanks for listening today.