Saturday, October 19, 2013

Oil Monotypes

The process is fun even though it takes some  muscle to crank the press handle.  Paint is rolled onto the Beveled Plexiglass plate with a brayer which creates a very thin coating  to be transferred to the paper.  Some  oil is removed from paints if they are  very soft and oily and Liquin is added to speed drying.  A complete design or painting can be created on the plate or layers on color plates can be added after the first plate is dry.
     I like to layer because the glazing  creates color showing through or strongly affecting the second layer.  When areas are blocked out the first color is preserved.  The visual affect is not the same as mixing the same two color together,  the added colors play back and forth as transparent or denser overlays.
    Working this way leaves a lot to chance, allowing the image to direct its next addition, block out or changes.   Each additional color layer creates its own personality, mood and suggestions.
Often the image can be shown in all four rotations, each with its own suggestions, balance and impact..

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Landing Art Gallery

The Landing  on the waterfront in Port Angeles has a great commitment to art and artists, space for artist to work and an excellent gallery .  Mostly made up of local artists and a few from out of town, some local members help  with desk and other jobs, sort of a coop with a manager - Jeff Tocher.  I worked  yesterday which brought back lots of pleasant memories of the Waterfront Art Gallery when it was located in the same building.  Work is grouped, show in the atrium  and hall cases.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pottery at Blue Whole

Some new work at blue Whole.

Ned's Demo


Draw with a brush ,get the shapes and colors with out the detail ..It was a beautiful day,  low tide at Salt Creek.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Just had a wonderful three hot sunny days Pein Air painting with the Ned Mueller Workshop and a wonderful group of painters.  Training my brain see value in the "open air" using oil was a challenge. Just being outside setting up and trying to get more paint on the picture and less on me was a project.
      The Fine Art Center Show which was much too short ,due to wet oil paintings returning home with their owners (impossible to ship them) was really inspiring.  Big  applause to the Fine Art Center and Susan Spar for organizing and bringing  plein-air to the peninsula.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blackberries Blue Whole First Friday

    Blackberries will be shown along with Kalaloch Beach-watercolor,  Late Flight- mixed media semi abstract, Sequim Haying Time - watercolor, Continuance- oil monotype and Squawk on the Dock- watercolor will be shown at Blue Whole in September. Come enjoy First Friday.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Making an Owl Vase

First the shape is pulled on the wheel

The ears are pinched shut, an air hole is pierced  and the "owl" is left to stiffen

Feather -like texture , eyes, a beak and toes ate added. the bottom shaped . 

Green clay and finished Owl 

It is easier to make several at a time 

Each Owl has a personality and a shape .

Friday, May 10, 2013

Into the Blue Little Birds

It is always a challenge to present  window displays  at Blue Whole Art Gallery which include new elements or creative projects.  Hanging the birds from their drift wood stick was a strikingly fun  presentation.  Thanks to excellent help from other gallery members, the windows for May are a tribute to what a cooperative gallery can do.
       Coop galleries require a lot of commitment of time and energy to present their artist's work, in return for which friendships,  inspiration
, encouragement  and creative feed back are our rewards.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Two Day Workshops

Bring your materials paints and finished and unfinished  paintings, a lunch and your ideas and photographs for a Workshop on the Elements and Principles of Design, composition and content.
       LOCATION:  The Cabana at Sunny Shores, Serpentine Rd ,off Woodcock Rd. Sequim
       DATES ------   June 17-18  from 10:00 until 3:00  and July 22-23,  10 - 3)
       COST -------- $20.00 a day  (2 days $40.00)  LIMITED to 12 participants
       CONTACT -- Carol Janda  360 452 6356
                               1216 West 5th St Port Angeles  , WA 97363
                               Fees to be paid by June 10


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Please Join My Blog

I just sent off the press release for my May show in the window at Blue Whole Art Gallery  in Sequim. Some fortunate artist's have a 'wife' to take care if this activity which is such an involved part of an artist's work.  This Blog has helped keep verbal communication working while isolation in the studio occupies the other side of my brain. I used an oil monotype and a watercolor  enhanced with w/c crayon  and the Teaching Buddha shown in  previous blog.
"My goal is to express , exercise teach and test my accumulated ideas and philosophy through the art I make in clay and painting which has been a driving force and pleasure in my life."

Fields Before an Ancient City



I just finished a 10 week Watercolor Class which reminded me how much I enjoy sharing my idea, teaching and meeting other artists.  I hope in future to do Workshops with selected projects. (seascapes , abstracts, fog,textures etc.) .

Friday, January 25, 2013


Perfect for the Art Nouveau Glaze I love, this frog is the first experiment .  It has a rather awkward water container below the lily pad intended to hold water which would  rise to surround the frog and  support  live flowers.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Getting Ready to Teach

Monday January 28,2013 I will be starting my Watercolor Classes at the Landing Art Gallery in Port Angeles.  I hope to share some of  ideas and activities of the class on the blog with a link it to Face Book.
 The  previous comments about the Seashell value study made me think about getting back to the teaching.
It will be a pleasure to share the things I've studied for years.