Friday, October 13, 2017


What are acrylic skins and how does one make them?

Wikipedia:"Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry."

Acrylic paints  are composed of  linked polymer molecules that lend themselves to drying into an elastic film.  I took a glass non-stick surface and spread out many different colors of thin acrylic paint then swirled them about a bit to create interesting color variations. After the paint was completely dry I used a single edge razor blade to gently peeled off the thin films. Looking at the color patterns I saw flowers so I cut out the floral shapes and glued them down on my canvas with acrylic medium.

I did not hold back at all with my acrylic skin flowers, it is totally colorist, expressionist and wonky. I added purchased papers and stamping to give even more mixed media variety.

I was really in the zone for this one!

Sunday, October 8, 2017



                                               A CHILD’S WONDER

My artistic rabbit hole adventure at the time of this painting was pointillism. 
I was aware of this movement but did not know many details so off to the research on line:

       “Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists,…”

With the child’s face I used larger dots of warm and cool colors to give the illusion of depth. I thought it was a modern adaption to an older technique. I must relate what a man said of my painting at one of my outdoor tent art shows;

 “ The kids looks sick”, well thanks for your honesty.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

                  FEATURED PAINTING         



     This particular abstract painting has had many different lives. It started out as a colored inks exploration, I was enjoying the loose splatter/ drip techniques when I knocked over a bottle of masking fluid all over the first stages of art piece. Watercolor paper can be a bit pricy so I continued on. 

     I layered complimentary colors until I thought it was done, standing back I could see an aerial view map of roads and lakes of the Michigan landscape. My sister-in-law took a look at it and said I should name it Pizzicato, she has an extensive music background. That sounded better than aerial map so I agreed but first I had to look up the definition of pizzicato.

(plucking the strings of a violin or other stringed instrument with one's finger.)

It takes more than one person to help me get through the day.



Thursday, September 21, 2017


                                                                                  PANDA BEAR
                                                                                  Paper painting

     Who could resist such a face? 
This little panda baby is almost huggable.
I took a not so successful underpainting and covered it with various rice papers to create a panda bear. I really like the colors that peek out in his face to add to its artistic expression. Please notice the textured white rice paper to give the illusion of a furry face.


Saturday, September 16, 2017



I deeply admire the work of colorist Anne O’brien-Gonzales. I have her book; Bold Expressive Painting plus three of her painting demonstration DVD’s.
Her style speaks to me with its loose brush strokes, a bunch of color with a touch of mixed media whimsy. 

I set up a still life with my Fiesta water pitcher, an old spice tin and fish salt and pepper shakers. The palette was complimentary with rice papers added for texture. The lilacs are out of my imagination.

I can almost smell the sweet scent of the lilac flowers.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Mixed Media

I deliberately misspelled Molin to Moolin and collage to cowllage for my entry to Art Mundo's exhibit  of
"All Things Bovine". 
Local artists from around the Treasure Coast submitted cow paintings and I feared that many would 
think of this play on words for my Moolin Rouge but I was the only one. I think it has a fun whimsical happiness persona and it is all a figment of my imagination.

Friday, September 1, 2017



This unique art project took an esoteric turn when I tried to symbolize actual board games that people play while implying the human interaction games we all play at one time or another.

First there is the checker board background that could be checkers, chess or parcheesi. Floating off of the background are sheets of Masa paper molded into the classic X & O’s shapes.  These X’s & O’s have gold painted on the top surface in my triptych of matching shadow box frames.