Sgraffito

This word sgraffito is so Italian that I want to kiss my fingertips as I say it. It’s dictionary meaning is: a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc. is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color. fluid acrylic mixed with gloss medium, on gessoed w/c paper For […]

She has a lot to balance

fluid acrylics mixed with pouring medium on w/c paper, 10 X 11″ She has a lot to balance right now. Sometimes she wonders if she’s up to it, what with all the competing demands for her time.  Often two opposing forces merge in a fast moving river and she gets taken downstream for a while […]

Fire Flow

Demo for Monday Muse Group: acrylic, Pouring Medium, collage (paper, netting, “medallion skins”) Such beauty, red, color of sunset, of ripe apples, of rosy cheeks and Color of flames blowing this way, color of monster chewing up homes, melting down metals and tossing cars like those evil midwestern twisters. And that Hollywood Oscars-night glow on […]

Inside-Outside Nature Art

We combined the elements of fire and water in Monday’s Muse lesson of powdered charcoal. For fire we had the charcoal residues of fire and the scorching solar heat. The water was washed streaming over the charcoal to make it move beautifully across the paper. In previous years when I taught this lesson 2014 and 2016 it […]

Curiosity

acrylics, pouring medium, gold leaf, acrylic skins on w/c paper, 10 X 11″ Brilliance of galaxies in dark recesses of molten rock.  I climb through chambers, led by a curiosity that cannot be extinguished by darkness, that sees new possibilities forming in the infinite patterns of nature. The dizzying onslaught vanquishes boredom.  I stand for […]