Floral Abstract Painting

Contemporary flowers

This 14×11 inch mixed media was painted on heavy paper with acrylics, pastels and pencils. I wanted to create a layered piece with vibrant colors, yet maintain some quiet resting places where the linear design meandered in and between.

Additional drawn elements and mark making are the way I add depth and detail. I have combined drawn motifs with paint for many years; it is so much fun to go back into the painted layers and discover more imagery through line and patterns.

“Kaleidoscope ”

This original is currently available in my Etsy shop.

September watercolor leaf illustrations

The colors of fall…

We don’t necessarily get the brilliance of fall leaf color changes as seen in our more northern states, but we do have the varied yellow-brown, and brown-yellow combination. Mixed with other brown-yellows. Yes, you get the idea. But we have palm trees year-round and no snow blizzards, so who am I to complain about our limited leaf color palette?

So on my daily walks I have been bringing home the rare yellow-brown variety to sketch. 🙂 Happy Labor Day to all my fellow Americans. Enjoy the day… rest, play, create, and love. Cheers!

 

Miniature Paintings

Small Format Art using Golden Acrylics

Yesterday I finished working on some tiny canvas paintings. I’ve painted in miniature format for many years, and it’s always fun to return to the 2 to 3 inch zone to brush up on some editing skills. You just can’t fit it all in; a minimal approach becomes necessary.

Small brushes are great to use for painting this small, but the corner of larger brushes can also work and help facilitate a less fussy technique.

These small works shown here are acrylics on stretched canvas with painted sides, and I’ve just added them to my Etsy shop.

(Golden Acrylics)

Abstract painting in the Hobonichi

Hobonichi planner books and paint…

Nothing makes me happier than good, strong well-behaved paper. And for a mix of journaling art styles, which include calligraphy ink work occasionally, I find the Hobonichi can really take a lot of my abuse.

Several layers of acrylic paint? No problem for my Techo.

April Flowers

It’s nice to see these tropical colors blooming again, but the summers are long here and the hurricane season begins on June 1st. We don’t usually see hurricane threats to our area until August and September though. It’s just part of living in Florida.

For now, we will just enjoy the end of April, which means beautiful temperatures, convertible rides, and dining out by the pool. Happy Spring!

Abstract Elements

Making marks

Black Uniball pen and muted watercolors in my Hobonichi planner. Random explorations with color and line.

There is a sense of play that mark making provides. It frees up expectations and allows the hand and mind to wander together on a page.