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Tree Spirit #1

6x9” watercolor, acrylic ink, India ink. When I approach art making intuitively, it seems trees almost invariably emerge on the page. Trees I climbed, trees I stared at, trees I imagined. As far back as I can remember, I’ve felt a really basic connection to trees and their spirits. When I was 3-5, my dad told me tales about The Little Pe…

childhood wonders #3

Watercolor and acrylic ink, white gouache. 6x8”. During my childhood, we lived up in the hills, which were still quite undeveloped at that time. No one really had fences, and at quite a young age I was free to wander trails in an attemp to reach the top of the hill...where the trees reached up to touch the sky. I’d climb up and sit in them, …

Heading Into Winter

11X15 Watercolor, acrylic inks, gouache. Well, I started this as a mandala in an attempt to take a break from thinking about the mid-term elections tomorrow and days of volunteer textbanking to help get out the vote. So with all that hanging over like an approaching storm, the mandala quickly turned into something else...and soon I had two barren …

Mandala Series, #1

9x12” watercolor, acrylic ink, gouache, watercolor pencils, white/black ink. I’ve wanted to do a series of mandalas for awhile now, but wasn’t sure where to begin. But a couple weeks ago I did a quick, loose, forestry scene in which I granulated acrylic inks, and thought it’d be a good starting place for the mandalas... a sphere of earth…

Abstract Landscape #2

10x14” watercolor, acrylic ink, gouache In this one I began with an acrylic ink wash over water, and sprayed with water, then when dry, I added watercolor and gouache, and more ink. Unfortunately I’d forgotten that this piece of Arches hot press had previously been taped vertically, which showed as soon as I began adding pigment to the page.…

Abstract Landscape #1

9x12” Watercolor, gouache This is from a segment of an online course I’m taking by Jean Lurssen, called Abstract Landscapes. This particular one stays somewhat close to her lesson, but it’s a direction I’m going to explore further. I’m using some Daniel Smith granulating watercolors here, plus salt texture and white gouache.…

Yearning for Fall

Watercolor and acrylic ink, 6.5x8” In these hopefully last days of heat and humidity, I find myself imagining cold breezes, reds and golds falling from trees...I’m really ready for Fall. I used both watercolor and acrylic inks for this one. A formal line of trees at the water’s edge, losing their formality when Fall begins blowing their in…

Volcanic State

Watercolor, Acrylic ink, gouache, 5x8” This just started out as painted stripes sprayed with water, to test some new Daniel Smith granulating watercolors I’d just bought. Moonglow, a beautiful paint with both violet and blue overtones, lightened with a bit of white gouache at the bottom became a sort of waterfront, Hematite Genuine became a tr…