abstract, abstractexpressiomism, acrylics, art, colorful, fine art, modern art, painting

“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. ūüėÄ


stripe and square

colorful, interior design

no more white walls!

recently i had some rooms painted in cool colors. that’s one of the best things about ¬†owning your home is you can paint the walls be any color you want! so i ¬†have ¬†a bathroom that is grey, a purple bedroom, and a red ¬†office.downstairs is all sage green. one bathroom is still white ack! ¬†the master bathroom is a weird pinkish sandy color.

i’ve lived in this same house for 20 years! it was the first house we bought and we’re still here. i love my house! i can’t imagine wanting to leave!

i’m lucky to have a refuge like this! i’m grateful. ¬† ¬† ūüôā




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

abstract, abstractexpressiomism, art, fine art, painting, Uncategorized

crazy acrylic painting, “splurt”

i love this painting but it almost went into the trash. actually it’s on canvas, so i probably would have painted over it. i painted on it more and started liking it better.

if you can tell, there’s sort of a purple flower on the middle left. i was focusing on that and there was more and more purple til i got really frustrated. i wasn’t sure what to do. . i lay on more and more paint on a area i want to accentuate. but like with the flower, i put on so much paint it turns out very dark and a bit bloby. in this case i tried to brighten up the areas around the purple “flower”. that was good, but not good enough.

i took an almost empty tube of pale pink and squeezed the tube over the flower. i didn’t know what i was going to do. other than mix some colors on the canvas. but the tube was emptier than i thought. it splurted all over, but in a very thin way. it looked cool. there was a little paint left, so i squeezed the tube above ¬†the canvas and squirted it all over, being careful not to obscure the whole painting. ¬†flower problem solved and i think the painting looks all crazy and wild and pretty cool!