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This painting sat around a long time before i before i figured out how to finish it. I spent a considerate of time the green background with a variety of mediums, watercolors, acrylics, ink, spray ink.  I wanted that to be the painting, but even i decided the damn thing was a background. When i’m stumped about what to do next with a painting, i ask my husband. He’s really not all that into art, but he often has insightful, fresh ideas. I asked him what he thought i should do next. He just said, orange. I agreed.

I was left on my own to figure out what to do with simply the idea of orange. As i said, the painting  sat there looking lonely, still taped to a board. I knew exactly the orange color i wanted and even where it was. I have two bins of acrylic paint. One is low priced paint and the other is expensive paint. The tubes in the cheaper bin are full and the ones in the expensive one are all practically empty. It might be time to buy a couple of tubes of the fancy paints, colors you can’t get with the the others. The one i wanted was in the expensive bin (Golden brand paint) that was just called, orange. It’s a very bright, but not neon color.

I didn’t have any idea to do with this cool color and cool background. Then i read on a news site that there were a lot of wildfires in northern california, much further north than where i live (the bay area), thank goodness. But it touched me. I imagined the trauma of having your house burn up.

I thought the orange would be like the swath of the fire ripping through the state.

The orange paint is creamy and thick, totally opaque. A little really does go a long way. I mixed some with water and stirred it up with a palette knife’. When it was viscous enough to drizzle, i poured it across the green and added a few drops around the main fire (orange line). They’re like little fires that had jumped away, maybe to start other big fires.  

inspiration always comes to me, even if it takes a long time to get to me!


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“stripe and square”

this is a 16″x 20″ acrylic painting on canvas. the background was painted with brushes and the shapes were done with palette knives. this was the first acrylic painting i’ve done in quite awhile. painting with acrylics (i don’t use oils because of the well known drawbacks.) on canvas is always a treat. i’d always do it that way, but i don’t have anywhere near enough storage space for piles and piles of canvases.

my husband tells me that my paintings look like great backgrounds, so i have been trying to have distinct structures in my work. i dunno. i think maybe i prefer the great background kind of painting. it’s what comes naturally.

we’ll see how things go. 😀


stripe and square

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“curly” a painting and a discussion about it

the title to this painting is pretty obvious. all the swirls and twirls and…curls , made by the shapes in the painting, many of which i mentioned before.

i used japenese watercolors which i love! they are very different from the watercolors i’m used to. they come in little flat plastic pans filled with concentrated colors of paint in the pan. the ones i’ve used had rectangle  pans which come in a box that holds them neatly.i have one that is 36 colors and the other with 48 . i think the colors are real, watercolor pigmented paints. with the traditional colors. not all of them, but most. i can tell what a lot of them are just by  looking at them, but that was when they were mixed with water. you can’t tell in the pans. they  come with a guide to which pan has which color in them. that would be great…if i read japanese!

so until i started painting with these, i used some nice tube water colors. which were the only kind i was aware of. when i started meeting artists from around the world i found that  a lot of people use pan watercolors more than tube watercolors.  i had a friend from finland who told me about them first, showed me pictures. they looked neat! she bought them pan by pan as we would tube by tube, you didn’t have to buy a set. they’re very different, they feel different (on the brush), tubes  are messier and take a longer time set up and clean up.

here are the tube watercolors that i use:

the paper i painted this on is Yupo.


i have used it with watercolors, of course, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, graphite, sharpie,some inks, and gouache.

since the paper doesn’t absorb anything, you have to treat it carefully try not to touch it because if you touch it, the oil on your fingers sticks to it. so, paint or whatever you’re using, won’t stick to the paper. you can wash finger prints off (i don’t actually treat it all that carefully). however, when you want to move the finished painting, be sure there is no moisture on your fingers because it will smudge  the paint. the solution is to use with a sealing spray. mine is from windsor and newton. i spray my paintings twice, 15 minutes apart. the spray comes in glossy or matte. i use the latter.

this is my result…my painting with japanese watercolors on, called “curly”