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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lenten Series 2015

Noah and the Rainbow
This post begins the self-assigned project to do a painting for each week of Lent.  From the Sunday readings I will pick a theme and then create some art that represents one or more of the ideas.

This Sunday we read that God made a covenant with Noah and all living beings that there would never again be a destructive flood to destroy all mortal beings.  The sign of this covenant is the rainbow.

This simple painting wasn't really so simple to create.  I started with the colors of the rainbow painted into the back ground,  Then I layered shapes using a gelli plate multiple times to get the block-like shapes which I made from hand-cut stencils.  After that I collaged some lightweight painted paper onto the shapes, outlined with ink, added decorative swirls and called it finished.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Leaving Indiana

Leaving Indiana
This watercolor was painted from memory of a scene in my side view mirror when returning from Indiana.  I was captured by the white sun and the silhouette of the trees.  I added scribbles of watercolor crayon to suggest fallen leaves.
Below is another version of this scene, this time done as a print using my new Gelli Plate and hand cut stencils.  Again, the focus is the white sun and this time there are stylized trees and shapes of color to suggest the fallen leaves. I used Golden Fluid Acrylics for the paint on the plate.

Gelli Print #1

Friday, November 28, 2014


This angel is bringing good news.  I think that the title might be, "Be Not Afraid."  I am using it as a Christmas card this year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snow Impressions

Snow Impressions
The backyard was so beautiful today--deep blue sky, brilliant white snow, dark edges of branches and a few lingering rust-colored leaves.  It just called to me to paint it.  But, painting snow with watercolor is challenging and yet using a new technique that I learned from a recent DVD gave me the urge to try.  I am pleased with the result.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Postcards

I painted an 8" X 12" abstract using fluid acrylic, collage, and hand cut stencils.  Then I cut it into 4 pieces, each one being 4" x 6".  They are painted on 300# Arches paper so will stand up to the stress of being mailed--one across the ocean to London!

Thanks to tutorial by Jane Davies for the step-by-step directions to making postcards.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Richmond Peacock

Jacob--New Richmond Peacock

This is my most recent painting in the New Richmond series.  Jacob wanders around the town and is greatly admired but never petted!  This bird is distinctly beautiful but is definitely "No Touch!"
I tried to capture his beauty in a fun way with some of the iconic structures in New Richmond: the porch of the Ross Goudy historic home and the tent where community concerts are held. 
Of course, the cubist, colorful style engages the eye and adds a little humor.
More of this series is shown at the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond--a casual place for lunch or dinner right on the Ohio River.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebrate! New Richmond

Celebrate! New Richmond

This watercolor painting features Front Street in New Richmond, Ohio.  The colorful buildings generate a happy exclamation for this historic river town, located near Cincinnati on the Ohio River.  You can see the painting at the Front Street Cafe, a charming place for lunch or dinner with outdoor dining overlooking the river.  This summer the community is celebrating 200 years of history with many interesting events including music, plays, parades and more. This painting is framed under glass, 22" x 28" is priced at $259.