abstract, abstractexpressiomism, art, artist, fine art, painting

“electrical storm” gets caught

i used the title of a U2 song as the title of this painting. i love the song, but that’s not why i named it that. this alcohol ink painting really does look like an electrical storm, at least to me.

i imagine it being above most of the clouds, going on in a huge thunder cloud full of lightening. the electricity just flies around at great speed.huge thunder claps boom, but no one hears them. the lightening crackles; the clouds are lit up like the painting, full of light and dark, full of strange colors and shapes. it’s moving quickly but gets caught in a painting!

electrical storm

abstract, abstractexpressiomism, art, artist, painting, writing

“once in a turquoise moon”

i used alcohol ink to create this little painting. it’s my favorite color scheme. glossy paper, or some sort of non absorbent material,  can be decorated, or used for fine art, like here, using alcohol ink. i painted my glass bong and decorated various plastic boxes, all sort of things.

my favorite way to use it is for fine art. the technique i made up consists of getting out the inks i think i want to use and unscrew the caps. i need to use them quickly so i take them off…not for long so things don’t evaporate. i keep all the rest of my alcohol inks nearby, you never know when you need some terra cotta or wild plum!

you can get cards in this size, something slightly under 4″x6″  that is labeled as  “glossy card stock” it’s all neat and tidy, lovely and pre-made, ie. stupid expensive. but because of the things that make it expensive do for a good reason, so i tend to buy the pre-cut cards. if i was being less wasteful, i would cut sheets to yupo down to about the same size. the yupo isn’t as thick or glossy. photo paper would work, but i think it would be more expensive, or maybe not, if you cut it carefully and didn’t lose much when you cut it.

you can put the ink on the paper and work with it that way, just letting it stain the paper, or you can do what i do! part of what you need when you’re working with alcohol ink, is the alcohol blending solution which can be used to clean your hands or tools, reactivate the ink if you want to work on a piece more. i squirt the blending solution all over the paper and start adding  inks quickly. i tilt it around sometimes, or moving the wet ink around by blowing on it on with a small straw. i can make layers, i make colors that blend on the paper, lots of doing that! every time i add more ink the whole thing starts moving and changing. you can always reactivate it and you can always add more, but the taking away issue is still a big problem. lol so big that most of the time you can’t do  it, but you can think with the solvent and make things lighter.

i really like the way the colors turned out here. lots of layering with other purples, blues, and pinks.


once in a turquoise moon

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do you see a conch shell ? i do!

this painting was made with alcohol inks. i’m not entirely sure what i’m doing with them , so i’m experimenting all the the time.

i really like this painting. it reminds me of a conch shell. those details around the painting, like the spots on them  which came from  putting a lot of the alcohol   blending solution.i never know how these will turn out. i’m learning things, mostly how to blend the colors with out making a mess. i only post about  half of what i’m making. i hope you like it!


abstract, art, artist, fine art, painting, stress relief, Uncategorized, watercolors

big enough to see!

i realized that all the little photo layouts that WordPress wants me to use when i’m putting pictures (of my art) into my post are making my art pretty useless because it’s so small, sometimes smaller than a thumbnail the last post i did, i made the layout so that  it shows each picture separately. i hope you don’t mind, but i’m going to post highlights of my work again but big enough for you to really appreciate them, being able to really see them. here’s a couple of examples from the the little layouts i used in several posts a couple of days ago.

do people mind if you write a zillion posts in one day?  now that i’m doing this i really want to just keep making them!

so, the  paintings….

abstract, acrylics, artist, circles, fine art, painting, stress relief, Uncategorized, watercolors

paintings with circles in them

i’m so glad i chose this sort of picture lay out because for the first time on WordPress….you can see my paintings big enough to really  appreciate them.

i love circles! i draw circles constantly. they usually are pen and ink abstract doodles.i paint them too! these paintings, all from 2016, are examples of that!

i don’t make the circles in the paintings intentionally, they just come out when i paint. i must be full of circles inside! lol  as you can see, my paintings are messy and wild. there is nothing even remotely like a circle that is like a plain old circle.

these are mostly acrylic, but there are some alcohol ink, and watercolors in there, too.