Monday, April 25, 2011

Don't Mess With Mother Nature

New canvas. New Recipe. 
ink jet images printed onto
Apollo transparency film,
 acid free tissue paper,
A bottle that sprays a fine mist 
filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol, 
acrylic paint, canvas,
collage images. 

Thoroughly spray the ink side of the image on the transparency sheet with the alcohol spray. Not dripping wet, just covered. Lay the image sprayed side down on the tissue. Lightly press image with a bone folder just to make sure image is in full contact with tissue. This step isn't even necessary every time, most of the time the tissue just sucks the ink right into it. Wait like 3 minutes, and pull up a corner to see if ink has transferred. If it has, pull off the transparency sheet. It should be clear. Below you can see how clear the sheet is when the transfer works perfectly.

Below is the 8x10 canvas collaged  with images from my stash and painted with Golden's heavy body paint. I thought it was too shiny, so I covered it with matt gel medium. Big mistake. Along the way I added glossy Soft gel medium and I liked it again!

Fooling around here with possible compositions.

And here is the finished collage:
"Mother Nature"

Prints available on my etsy site. 
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


20" x 48"
Clear Gesso
Goldens Gold Paint
Sketching out the design
with some willow charcoal 
Adding more Golden paint
What I have so far:

That's all for now, lots more layers to go. 
Happy Today, whatever your beliefs are.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

If Mama Ain't Happy Ain't Nobody Happy

Mom and Dad bought this:

And they want a 20x48 inch painting
to match it. 
I got roped in.
Of course, it could be that I said
"Oh, I could do that."
So I gave it a try. 

Here is a vanity shot of the new laptop. 
Yeah I was too dumb to think of actually taking the candle stand...
so I worked off a photo.
I made 2 mock ups
Just in case.

I got all absorbed and forgot to take pics after the orange blob one. Oh well.
This mock up was on 6 1/2x16 paper so the proportions are similar to the desired size. 
Dick Blick has delivered the paint
and the canvas has been custom ordered.
I'll let you know how it turns out. 
The Colonel's Expectations +
Mom's Artistic Eye +
My Perfectionism =
What was I thinking!!!!

For those of you worried about copyright infringement, this painting will not be for sale, it is purely for my parents enjoyment.
And after I paint it for the third time, I will never want to see it again. 
Altho I will gladly make the acception for mom's dinner and dominoes nights.
Good stuff.