Monday, September 5, 2016

New Pottery for October Window at Blue Whole Art Gallery

Getting pottery ready  for a show is a big project
since there are  several steps, make the piece- bisque fire it,
 glaze it and -fire it again to stoneware.

These are some of the earlier single cats made on the potters wheel
 and refined, they all have their own personality..naturally, as they are cats :)

The new cats were designed to hold a candle in the center 
and  flowers in the cats..or both. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Oil Painting on Oil Monotype Backgrounds

Oil monotypes lend themselves to interesting textures and color mixes which can be used as the beginning of a more realistic painting. Since the monotype has a
dry smooth surface they work very well.

The Iris is an example of several plate runs in the warm tone background a second smaller plate run which has some abstract hand painted areas with the Iris on the third"layer".
  As much as I love watercolor it's  nice to challenge myself with oils.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Mermaid

Oil monotypes  sometimes suggest a subject
which is unusual for the artist.  The background for the figure was created  by spraying the plexi glass plate with solvent and running it through the press to lift the residue of paint .  No amount of brush work could achieve that background.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Plum Shino Glaze

    New glaze combinations  ,Shino Gold over  Plum  using wax reset

Thursday, June 9, 2016

What's Happened and Happening

I took a break after a fall and the ensuing activities  from it.  I'm back, the shoulder onto which I landed is almost normal, I was "lucky"  that no bones were broken but it lead to a serious retina detachment surgery and eventually cataract surgery. Since November last year until now.I have been inactive with the Blog and FB.
     My pottery and painting continue to be my pleasure , did a bit of watercolor teaching and have challenged myself to abstracts and oil painting.
 Ranger Station at Crescent Lake  
Using sketches, color notes and photos to paint in my home studio, oils have such a wonderful difference from watercolor , it makes me rethink a lot of the process of painting.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

claythingsplus by Carol Janda: Workshops and Classes

claythingsplus by Carol Janda: Workshops and Classes: Watercolor is the media for my classes but exploring ways to critic yourself and plan composition  focal point, placement and how the tools ...

Workshops and Classes

Watercolor is the media for my classes but exploring ways to critic yourself and plan composition  focal point, placement and how the tools create the unity  of a painting are the subject.   What are the elements in a painting which appeal to the viewer?
   What are the unifying tools of this abstract?  Is there some aspect which attracts you?   You are seeing  color, contrast, texture, shape, placement and unity from your own experience.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Watercolor Classes

I will be teaching watercolor classes in September and October, Thursdays and Fridays.
Look back thru my blog to fine more examples of my work.                                                                  
Autumn Breeze
Refections in a Lily Pond

Scene thru the Trees
Cape Flattery

        I use the Elements and Principle of Design as the basis of my teaching.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lavender Print Sale

Lavender Prints,  Frame-ready  11x14 matted -$20.00
 Call Studio -360 452 5356  and available at Blue Whole

Poppies and Lavender

Mother and Child
Poster Lavender Bundles

Lavender and Daisies

Lavender Poppies and Bachelor Buttons

Grey Marsh Lavender Farm

Lavender Barn with Olympic Mountain View

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zephrsus God of the West Wind

Sometimes a title just works , this oil mono with the wind blowing the "leaves"forward  is called Zephyrus, God of the West Wind.

Applying oil paint to plexi-glass plates creates a see- through effect of  layers of paint showing second and third or more color additions.  Glazing oil paint is a sometimes lucky process which doesn't lend itself to careful planning but created a unique surface.
   Oil paint dries very quickly when spread thinly on the plexi-glass so it can dry too much. The specks which flow forward  as if driven by the wind, where created by dry chips scraped off the plate and added to the final layer .


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

claythingsplus by Carol Janda: Blue Whole April Show

claythingsplus by Carol Janda: Blue Whole April Show: The work previously on my blog is in the window at  Blue Whole  for April. It's a big project to set up the window but I had wonderful h...

Blue Whole April Show

The work previously on my blog is in the window at  Blue Whole  for April. It's a big project to set up the window but I had wonderful help from members of Blue Whole, Karin Anderson in particular who has  real ability  with display design.  One of the many advantages of being in a co-op gallery is working together to make the gallery a success.
Inside the gallery 

Outside window  lots of glare and the ghost of me>

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Grown Together

Grown Together
Suggestive abstract work draws  on  realistic painitings to express feelings and moods about life . Grown Together could mean the tightness of a family, the strength of woking together or the branching out as single parts become individual idenities.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Selective Vision

The "viewer" is important to the maker of the art especially with abstract painting which many people have  difficulty enjoying.  I had some difficulty finding a title, tried Bulwark (Wall)  pretty boring, but titles open ideas to begin to understand abstract paintings.  At the opening on First Friday at Blue Whole people made some great suggestions.   I liked Selective Vision which encourages the viewer to find his own vision.


Friday, April 3, 2015


 Figures  have become a special pleasure, recognizable in the work of may artists.  There are so many express to work with  -greetings, love, friendship, condolences understanding,etc,  etc..

In past posts of Lady Sara and the other Ladies that idea started the thoughts about the couples .  What a great open door  to expressions in clay



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Friday at Blue Whole Art Gallery

      The front windows are a huge project for the Featured Artist, not just getting new things painted or pottery completed but setting  up the display and creating all the title  tags and the  inventory responsibilities.  BWG does an amazing job of advertising in local papers and with the Blue Whole Blog and email.  A BIG  thank you to all my friends at BWG.