Taking Flight 1

Mixed Media on 16x20 stretched canvas.
[rice paper, watermedia]

Closeup of texture.
What a strange ride this one was... I had the base layer of rice paper down and was applying the second layer when my brush zigged when I intended to zag... resulting in a massive clump of rice paper instead a smoothish layer. So I could have removed it... but the texture intrigued me and I followed... using my brush to push the paper into ridges and whorls... then I poured some paint around and put it under the fan overnight to dry.
When I showed it to my daughter, she said it made her think of cross between an eagle and a figure running so fast-- they took flight.... she said I should call it 'taking flight'. Thus it is. I used to do alot of very dimensional work with papers... maybe this flight is a sign it is time to explore that kind of work again...


Wrinkle in Time 1

Mixed media on rice paper mounted on 20x24 stretched canvas.
[acrylic, mica powders, metallic powders, ink, washi]

Close up of top center.

This piece developed by laying rice paper down on heavy plastic with acrylic medium, then squirting acrylics and inks around-- copper, blue, violet and turquoise. To top it off I poured on some metallic powders I had mixed with gum arabic and distilled water, but my mix was heavy on the powder side and the powder didn't move much ---just settled in and created these cool wrinkles, fissures and crevices which I'm hoping you can see in the close up at the bottom. I was just going to use this one as a collage paper, but instead I decided to mount it on a canvas because I didn't want to tear it up.


Energy Exchange

Acrylic on 20x24 stretched canvas.
I am liking the organic shapes in this one and the energy of the flings... but I think the yellow needs adjusting... I think I want to soften it a bit-- knock it back... it just keeps jumping out at me. Maybe a glaze of quin. gold?? Any opinions?


Sharing the Light

Series: Letting in the Light
Mixed Watermedia on 24x30 stretched canvas.
[acrylic, ink]
I forgot to take in progress photos for this one... got lost in the process. Again, I only applied one thin coat of gesso mixed with some water for an almost raw canvas effect. After that dried, I sprayed the canvas with water and poured on some inks, letting them drift and stain the canvas. From there I used acrylics-- fluids and heavy bodied... with a few flings here and there. I still really like flinging.


Now What? Works in Progress

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." Ursula K. Le Guin

I have been plugging away... I have several Now Whats? in progress--- I love to start a with a new canvas... it is full of possibilities... my first layers are usually playful-- but once the first marks are made, one has to decide where to go next? It's like each mark, colour defines and refines the path towards completion... which is often a long meandering journey... Sometimes I think I should just name all my paintings Journey lol!


Jacob's Ladder1

Acrylic on 18x24 stretched canvas.
This one was interesting to work on-- you can see it in progress below. I hand stretched this canvas and find it much easier to stretch raw canvas than gessoed canvas. Instead of doing several layers of gesso to prime it, I instead just primed it with a wash of gesso thinned with water. The result was a very absorbent surface-- almost paper like. So I started layering colours over colours in glazes, really enjoying how the surface took the paint. I think I will try this again.