Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekend Visit

Weekend Visit 9 X 11 3/4 Oil and Cold Wax on Wood Panel treated with three coats of Gesso SOLD

I like the mood of this one.  I am playing with new techniques using oil, cold wax and medium.  The painting will take a while to dry so if you are interested in this painting please know you would need to wait a few days before I would be able to ship it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Swirl 9X9 oil and cold wax on gesso coated panel  $75

The panel has three coats of gesso and then layers of oil and cold wax with palette knife painting.  It is an interesting technique and challenge in that the many layers that I potentially put on show through to the layer above. I ignored the swirls that I put in until it started coming together and then the swirls seemed to be perfectly placed.

The moral of the story is to not let frustration take over.  Keep on going and it will come together.  Could be a life story in there somewhere.



Friday, August 21, 2015

Breeze  24X24 Oil on Canvas  $325

My new environment is a big influence on the work I am doing.  The wide expanse of water and sky. The change of colors.  The freedom to move and work in my own space.  They have all had a big impact on my art work.  I feel this painting best describes my new environment.

I can't exactly place the jumping salmon, or the whale visits but just pretend you see them and then you will have the right image.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Tapestry  11X11 Oil and CW on single wood panel $75

The panel is not cradled so it would need to be framed.  The panel was coated with gesso at least 3 times.

This is a continuation of me playing with the cold wax and layering.  The title comes from years ago when I did large architectural tapestries.  This one reminded me of the approach that I would take with my hand spun and dyed wool.  I would love to see this one 4 foot square but have no idea how I would go about it technically.  I believe that these little guys will get larger and larger as I become more comfortable with it.

If you look carefully you can see that I have scratched into it vertically to get some of the colors from below to the surface.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Enthusiasm 8X10 Oil and Cold Wax on Wood Cradle $75

The enthusiasm is mine.  I am loving the effects of the mixture of oil and cold wax.  Its spontaneous, flexible, workable, rich and of so very intuitive.  I have many on the go and they get added to and paint gets removed, scored and painted over again for texture and color.

Painted on the sides.  No need for framing.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Formation  8X10 oil on wood panel cradle  $75

Painted on the sides, ready to hang or display on a table or stand.

This is oil and wax painted with palette knife and silicone tools.  Then scratched into for layering affects.  Its an interesting process because if it doesn't quite work out I put another layer on top and then scratch back into it.  Then as it is drying it changes color and is yet another painting.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Journey  8X10 oil and cold wax on wood panel  $75

This is the beginning of my journey into the cold wax medium.  Loving my book by Serena Barton, "Painting with Cold Wax."  The experimenting and painting is going on full force.  Lots of removing and trying again.  There is a lot of learning happening.

I am liking this one and hope you do too.


Sunday, August 9, 2015


Coastline 30X36X 1 1/2 Inches on Gallery Wrapped Canvas so you don't need a frame.

This image appears much darker than it really is. There is a lot of warm rich color and texture in the bottom portion.

I am playing with combining alkyd medium and cold wax to my paintings which gives a richness to it.  The sample board you see below is me experimenting with some of the colors I like with some different tools for removing the paint.  Then when it is dry I am going to add a thin layer of cold wax medium over it and remove some so that I can see directly what the affect would be like.  That's about as analytical as I get.  After that its INTUITION.

Friday, August 7, 2015


Acrylic on Gessoed Paper

Yes, I feel stuck.  I have no idea why.  I live surrounded by inspiration and have the space to work yet there I am stuck.  What to do?  I finally decided I would get out what acrylic paint I have left and start throwing some paint around to see what would happen. I mean literally throw the paint. No plan, no color combination, lots of water and have at it.  I started with smaller paper and then went on to half sheets.  The paper is gessoed so that it stays wet a little longer and the paint doesn't get absorbed into the paper meaning I can actually rub the paint off, if I choose.

The top painting is declared finished.  The bottom two are at the first stage. The underpainting.  If you turn your head to the left you could see potential floral paintings in a vase.  If you leave them they way they are they could both be developed into water scenes.

I rather like this bottom one for a potential beach scene with the shells, sea weed and other mysterious elements that float into the beach.

The beauty of it is that I am still stuck with my large oil paintings but I can keep going with these to see what develops.

Cheers for a great day.