Sunday, December 30, 2012

Watercolor Classes 2013

I'm finally going to restart my watercolor classes. I've rented a great space at the Landing Art Gallery in Port Angeles  which will be set up for the first class on the  28th of January.  I hope to work with all levels on an individual studies approach to the Elements and Principle of Design for any style or subject.  The class room is easy access on the lower level with good parking.  Call 452 6356

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Let's Hope the Mayans are Wrong

According to the Mayan Calender Dec 21is supposed to be the end of the world.
 As if we didn't have enough to worry about.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Kale

Winter Kale , watercolor on 300 pound Arches paper  stretched over oil stretcher bars like an oil painting and sealed with acrylic for protection.  Gallery Wrapping is being used more often and works really well on Winter Kale, allowing it breathing room..

                      There will be a drawing to win this piece at Blue Whole December art walk.  

Friday, October 12, 2012


                  This  Buddha for my garden represents kindness and calm, a reminder for a busy life.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Elements and Principles of Design

I am  interested  in the Elements and Principles of Design used in any media. As a potter and painter,I need  criteria to guide the making and critiquing  of my work.  Most of my study of the elements and principles has been done for painting but pottery follows the same ideas in a different media.
     Personal  choice of what to paint or make in clay provides the desire  to do the work.
 Focal point and composition are job-one once something catches my attention.  After starting , maybe thinking about  the work for weeks or even having struggled with an idea through several failures, decisions are made using  the Elements of color, value, shape, line, texture, size and rhythm integrated with the Principles of unity, conflict, dominance,  repetition, balance, harmony, alternation and gradation.

                                                          It's a brain game, the right side is trying to make sense of the left side.

 This small study was done with dominate value , limited complimentary colors, strong line, repeated  rounded shapes in large and small sizes which lead the eye in a rhythmic path supported by the shadow
 This kind of analysis isn't useful   if there's no chance to make changes especially with watercolor and clay.  Having a method to study and plan is really helpful when it becomes part of the procedure.  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Some 2012 Posts I Lost

The Petunia was in the August show at Blue Whole
along with  Easter Lillies

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Celebrate Life

The Landing Art Gallery in Port Angeles will be showing the art of cancer survivor's.
 Oct 1st  thru the 31st with a reception on Oct 6 at 5:00 - 8:00.

This piece was painted on a plastic like paper called yupo using watercolor and metallics in a loose abstract manner. 

A second work on the same type of paper called Dance Aerobics  has that same bright full color effect due to the non absorbent  surface of the paper.


Red and Aqua = Purple What?

In efforts to pour watercolor and create a semi abstract painting  the effect of the chemistry of paint was strikingly not what I expected.  Red and green are supposed to mix grays but this lovely purple is much more appealing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

What Happened?

Some how all of the 2012 blogs have been lost, can't figure out why?