Monday, March 30, 2015

Time for another acrylic face

I was gone over the weekend and forgot both my computer and iPad so didn't try to post from my phone. I did do some paintings that I'll post later, but meanwhile here is another face started by painting off the extra acrylic paint I didn't want to use, then finding the face in it.....

Thursday, March 26, 2015


They are beautiful and they smell wonderful!! Bill didn't understand why I needed to buy flowers to paint...but since the hyacinths have finished we don't have anything blooming that smells good..yet! More will be on the way....if we have any more 70 degree days they'll be here soon!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Technically not a daily painting

But I took this glass face out of the kiln tonight so will count it as some of my daily creative projects, any rate, this one will go to a fundraiser for the non-profit where I work.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Taking a break from faces....

Well, not exactly...this is my third (or more?) painting of Betty Wilkin's main man, Max. He is adorable but I never quite get his markings right. I think I get it then she posts another picture of him and I see way more white than I thought he had. But these are fun to paint.....

Monday, March 23, 2015

A blue haired acrylic face

I really enjoy the way these turn out, for the most part. They definitely make themselves and their personalities known over time.....She really HAD to have blue hair.....

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scraping the bottom of the painted ahead of time barrel!

And I'm not sure when I'll get another good painting day I went to a new cool art store in Edmonds (just a ferry ride and a walk from home) to hear Barbara DePirro's talk on Golden products. Again. This is the third time and I think I'm finally retaining it enough to try some things. She presents tons of information, is well organized, thorough, and a great speaker (even if she is a shy girl at heart). If you ever get the chance to hear her or take a class from her you should! Meanwhile, that took a good chunk out of the day. When I got home Bill drove in with a pick up load of compost and we just finished spreading that in the garden and greenhouse. No painting for me this here is another acrylic face, made by scrubbing off leftover acrylic on to a piece of cardboard and eventually finding the face. Bill says he looks like an ax murderer! I think he looks like he's got some kind of eye thing going on...or some anomaly.....they can't all rock, I guess!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Floral still life

I had a lot of fun painting this one, on black gessoed cardboard. I used Don Tiller's technique of laying down some base opaqueish colors and then glazes on top of them. I certainly see some things I wish I'd done differently but I like this one. I even took it to work and put it on my desk!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feline face

No one's grandkids or pets are off limits, apparently. This is a very elegant cat named Sadie. Her eyes really are that huge and round unless you step on her tail......

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another save the acrylics face

Whenever I have too much paint I usually wipe it off on another piece of paper, starting another painting...these often turn in to faces. Colorful faces!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

And a less successful face

I think this is cute, but it doesn't really resemble the grandson (and son) of some friends....maybe this is how he'll look in another six or eight months!

Monday, March 16, 2015

A different kind of art

I fused and slumped this glass face (plate) over the weekend. It's another combination of shapes and color with the added advantage of light coming through it to illuminate it. This one has a showing at my office tomorrow and may not make it to the gallery for sale!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cardboard painting

I was so thrilled when this one turned out! It was done on cardboard, which may have given me the courage to paint away 1/3 of her face when it was turning out to be too square! I have no idea how long cardboard will last, but I varnished the back and the front and hope it will give this little girl's grandma some smiles for a long time.....

Another day late

I guess I'd better post two today to catch up....I ran out of time before I posted yesterday. Here is the last sketch of the daffodil in the Shauna made pot. This was a watercolor sketch in my journal and I think it's my favorite!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A day late

We had major computer problems yesterday so no posting. Today was a good painting day and I got several paintings done....but what excited me was the response I got from a friend on my painting of her new Italian dream come true. I'm taking Misty Mawn's online class and the most recent lesson was on shapes. And when Carlo posted a picture of her new villa, it resonated with me....all those geometric shapes! The painting isn't completely accurate but I was gratified that Carlo was so happy about it! This is another cardboard painting....I have to say I love cardboard as a substrate!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Single daffodil, same pot

I have just discovered painting on cardboard (thanks Misty Mawn!)!!! I love it! I've been hating to use my purchased panels and canvas for these early paintings, so many of which are not keepers. But cardboard!!! Cool and easily available.  I knew I was seriously hooked when I got a package in the mail and was more excited about the cardboard than the paints I'd ordered!

I slept really poorly last night so am posting this to have it done nice and early....NOT that I'm going to bed before 6....not at all....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Daffodils in handmade pot

I am very fond of this little pot my niece Shauna gave has spouts on a couple of sides, made when she was about 8, I think, and learning to use a potter's wheel. I am a big fan of Gretchen Hancock's flower paintings that she's posted lately so this is my take on a couple of flowers from our yard. I have a lot to learn!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Self portrait, really

This is an exercise for an online class I'm taking. I'm not sure I did it correctly, used transparent paint instead of mixing with white to get some color values. But I have to  say I like my green hair!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Where the rubber meets the road!

This is it. The last painting I have in reserve! Vacation state of mind has caught up with me, and I go back to work tomorrow (only for one appointment, though) I'm thinking of changing the name of this to Carol Collier's Half A@@ed Daily Painting Blog....or, Carol Collier's Several Times a Week Painting Blog.....or...? Any suggestions? I do want to keep up with painting but...but....I sure enjoyed the time off! Not that I didn't do, you get the idea. I'm going to try to knuckle down to it this week after work....we'll see how it goes. Meanwhile, here it is....a colorful portrait of my sister's dog, Chiclet. It's gold with some purple because Chiclet is royalty, the Princess of Pomerania according to her.....

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Joni at 70

Bill and I watched a video interview this morning with Joni Mitchell at 70....I was impressed by her face, so expressive but so different. Reminded me of that thing that went around Facebook not that long ago saying 'I thought it would take longer to get old.' At any rate, I attempted a sketch using new materials for me, Art Graf tailor shaped, water soluble blocks. Lots of fun but I might have made other color choices if I'd realized the yellow would be so YELLOW. Anyway, this looks like someone running a laundromat rather than a wealthy artist and singer...but it was fun to do. (I did another one that was even worse, so won't be posting that one!)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Another take on birthday flowers

This time in acrylic on a panel. I've got to start using paper....I hate doing these paintings that are sort of mediocre on panels!! But on the other hand, I do kind of like this. It's not realistic, it's just sort of stylized....and I don't know that this is my style, but it was my style for this painting, anyway.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sketch from before

I did this sketch (one of several, but the only one I was willing to post) of the flowers Bill brought home the week of my birthday. The flowers are hanging on and I'm working on an acrylic painting of them tonight...but not ready to post that one yet. We had a great morning at the beach with the dogs, Major demonstrating he can single-mindedly go after sticks in the water just like he goes after the Frisbee....or his ball.....Even Shadow had to get in the water, too. She chased several sea gulls and she would have caught them, too, if only....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We took a little trip

to celebrate my birthday, down to Cannon Beach. It's the most beautiful beach I know! And I did no artwork at all, except for a 10 minute sketch of Bill sitting in the sun at an outdoor cafe. We had incredible weather for early March, cool but sunny! We had the dogs with us and spent most of our time out walking the beach, the town, and at Ecola. We all slept really well at night! So maybe in the few days I have left before going back to work I'll get some artwork'll be the first to know if I do!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to me...

It's been a good day, although I haven't gotten much done to post. Finally, in an act of desperation, I did a charcoal self portrait in A Child's Garden of Verses. I liked the poem about here I am. If I look a little sleepy and cross eyed I'd have to say that pear mimosa at lunch may not have been a good idea!