Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Like Birthing a Baby!

I don't know if this is any better but I like it better now.  I am reminded of the saying "when you don't know how to paint, painting is so easy.... the more you know, the harder it gets!" LOL!  Okay, I paraphrased.  Your thoughts are welcome as always.  Mixed Media on Canvas 30"X40".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

New monotype with Chine' Collage'

Something new. My mother was an English teacher so this has some collage pieces and  other details that refer to that. That is her in the transfer image.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Slow News Month in Bahrain?

Wow, this Magazine gave me a full page and mentioned my camel paintings on the cover!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Abstract in Progress

Mixed Media on Canvas  30"X40"
This is mixed media on Canvas.  Still working on it.  

Watercolor but not

Watermedia on Watercolor Canvas 24"X30"
I worked on this painting on the 'Yes Canvas' some more.  I also added some Thai News print in a transfer method( I learned on Junky Trinkets blog) in an attempt to bring an edge and mystery  to an otherwise traditional looking painting.

Here is a close up of some of the transfer.  This was a very large transfer and I wasn't sure it was going to work out for a while there. It was a lot of work removing the paper. I think it ads some interest in the details without taking away from the overall image.  Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wasn't on my Bucket list but it's kinda fun!

Front cover of Bahrain Monthly Magazine
The page with my small mention on the right

  I don't think I ever woke up in the morning thinking "Ya know,
I really think I would like to be published in a Middle Eastern Magazine" but life is just full of surprises!
The article is very small on the right hand side with a little part of one of my Monotypes and the information about my show At World Beat Cafe here in Bahrain.
  Also in the Gulf Daily News.
Article in Gulf Daily News paper, Upper left.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You know you're not in Kansas anymore when...

 During the worst part of the demonstrations here in Bahrain, the company sent all the women and children to Dubai to wait until things settled down a bit.  So while staying in the very nice Kempinski hotel in the Mall of the Emirates (the mall that has the indoor ski slope!)  I had lots of time to shop and site see.
I was so thrilled when I wandered into a bookstore in the mall and found some art magazines!  I haven't had my mits on an American Artist magazine for months and when I got back to my room and eagerly started reading my treasured find, this is what I found!  

Definately a "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore" moment!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bahrain Pearl Roundabout under siege this morning!

My view of the smoke from burning tents as the Saudi Army attempts to clear the protesters from the Pearl Roundabout also known erroneously as "Pearl Square".  We pray and watch between what is going on around us and the news from Japan where our youngest son, daughter in-law and their son are living.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Watercolor Experiment, Floating Market Thailand

Watercolor Canvas (YES Brand) 24X30 Watercolor and Acrylic mat medium
I've worked on this new watercolor canvas called 'Yes' Canvas before, as you may remember but haven't actually used it as a "traditional watercolor" substructure before.  I usually do some abstract mixed media type stuff on them.  I have wanted to create a very large watercolor and have had a 45X45" piece of watercolor paper stretched out and ready to begin in my studio since July or August but every time I look at it the idea of framing it gives me cold feet and I go work on something else.  So I decided to experiment on a 'Yes' Canvas to see if I could get the look of traditional watercolor I want without having to deal with the size and weight of traditional framing afterword.   Of course I often make some big mistake by getting ahead of myself and this project was no different.  I actually painted this whole underpainting in watercolor instead of using acrylic as watercolor.  For those unfamiliar with the properties of watercolor this means that the paint is resoluble and will lift if you re wet it unlike acrylic.  On watercolor paper this isn't such a big problem as you usually have to agitate the surface quite a bit to lift the paint significantly and it has to get pretty wet as well.  On this 'Yes' Canvas the dry paint lifts instantly when touched with a wet brush!  I realized my mistake as I tried to begin my second layer with more wet watercolor.  I then realized that I should have used acrylic as watercolor instead which would have solved two problems. The lifting of each layer and how to protect the finished painting.  I didn't want to completely start over so I decided to see if I could lightly paint a coat of liquid gel mat medium over this layer without lifting the watercolor too badly.  It wasn't easy because the paint lifts so easily on this canvas surface but I finally managed even though it did blur the paint in some areas.  Now I am ready to continue but I will not make the mistake again and will go forth with thin layers of acrylic instead of using the traditional watercolors.  We'll see how it goes.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on this surface with the watercolor up to the point when I tried to add the second layer so am very encouraged that I my be able to create my very large watercolor on a Yes canvas.  I would love to hear if about any experience you have had working with this product.
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