Monday, August 31, 2009

Silk Mandalas

I'm organizing my studio and of course it looks worse right now than before I started. Every flat surface is covered and I barely found room to work on these 6" silk mandalas. I found 6 of these pre-stretched silk circles amongst my stuff and thought making mandalas would be a good way to use them. I've always loved patterns and repetitions of color. Probably my 20 years of making stained glass windows has something to do with being attracted to them. I'm intrigued by how different the colors look on both of these. They are exactly the same colors and intensity and the resist lines are the only difference. The one on right looks like it was painted with much lighter colors, doesn't it? I love optical illusions.

I would love to hear whether you prefer the black or white resist lines.

Silk Mandalas
Image Size 6"
Silk dyes on silk

Monday, August 24, 2009

Silk Fuchsia - Silk Painting

This is the silk painting that was supposed to be last week's post. I added more color and am happy with it now. This is on a beautiful piece of silk satin which has a really nice sheen to it but I think I will go back to my silk habotai for future work. The resist doesn't penetrate this fabric as easily.

Silk Fuchsia
Image Size 21" x 21"
Silk dyes on Silk

Monday, August 17, 2009

Echinacea Trio

This is a quick pastel sketch that I did today because the silk painting that I thought was finished needs to be worked on some more to intensify some of the colors. I'm not thrilled about that because I have to put the resist back on and repaint because I already steamed and washed it. It will be almost like doing it all over again. Arrggghhh!!! Anyway, it was fun to do another pastel. I always enjoy the feeling of spontaneity that I get using pastels. I don't know why I don't use them more often.

Echinacea Trio
Image Size 4" x 6"

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Honorable Mention

I received an Honorable Mention for my painting "Silk Birds" at the Orange Open. This is one of my favorite silk paintings. Sorry about the reflections in the picture. If you want to see it without reflections, hit the 'home' button at the top of the blog page and click on 'Silk Paintings'.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lake Powell Abstraction

I tried something new this week. This is a mixed media on paper. The background paper has various rice papers attached to it and then acrylic painted in an abstract manner. Then I added pieces of paper on top and painted a more representational image of Lake Powell in watercolor. Finally, I attached the pieces with gold thread in the corners of the pieces and where they intersect. It's very different but I am really happy with the outcome.

Lake Powell Abstraction
Image Size 15" x 22"
Mixed Media

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Orange Open Competition

Three of my paintings were just juried into a local show called the Orange Open which is organized by the Orange Art Association. This show is one of my favorite local shows and always has a good variety of quality art. If you live in Orange County, California and you like viewing art, you may want to stop by. The reception is this Saturday from 7:00 to 8:30 and the show will run through August 16th. It is held at Chapman University in their Guggenheim Gallery.

For more information, you can go to the website at

Monday, August 3, 2009

Burano, Italy - Silk Painting

We went to Venice, Italy a few years ago and Burano is an island off of the coast there. I was amazed that it was so different from Venice. The buildings are all painted bright colors there and not a gondola in sight. I thought that silk dyes on silk would be a good medium to try for this picture. I may also do it in oil later.

Burano, Italy
Image size 20" x 16"
Silk dyes on silk
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