Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mixed Media Workshop

It's that time of year again . . . the annual summer, weeklong, mixed media workshop. As usual it was intense and exhausting and loads and loads of fun. This time we learned image transfer in addition to renewing (or learning) so many other MM techniques. And I'm getting better! My composition skills are improving enough that I got a "well done" from the teacher. What a thrill! I've only taken this workshop probably eight or ten times.

Anyway, here's a link to a Picasa slide show:

I don't know how many of these will survive in their present state after they've been put away for a while then looked at anew. For that matter, I don't know how many will survive at all. So if you have critiques or suggestions, they're welcome.

If you want to see any larger, click on the little Picasa logo in the bottom right hand corner of the slide show, then on the name of the album, Mixed Media. From there you'll see all the images and a click on one of the thumbnails will get you a larger version.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


My daughter-in-law took this photo of her niece, my granddaughter, and it just called out to be painted. I have been doing watercolor underpaintings on my pastel paper for a while now, usually very loose and not trying to get anything very clear. This time I did a much more detailed watercolor, with black ink loosely over the background, then added the pastel. Most of the background is the watermedia painting while the figure (and all those drops!) are pretty much covered with pastel. I keep seeing little tweaks calling me every time I walk by the painting . . . do you have any to suggest? Thank you, Lisa, for the reference.

Along the Dochart, take 2

My thanks to all who made comments about this painting. I took in consideration what everyone said and tweaked a bit, making it a stronger painting, I think. Unless there's something glaring, I think it's done. Of course, you can see colors that are more true in the larger image you get when you click on this one.