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Flowering Purple Oxalis Mandala

Flowering Purple Oxalis Mandala

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Since my return to traveling, teaching workshops, painting en plein air and intuitive studio painting, the creative juices are flowing like Niagara Falls.  The focused color study by playing the color Scheme Game is paying off.  This year’s focus is on design through geometry.  I’ll be teaching in Maryland in March and back in California in May, November, and possibly July or August.  The workshops are better than ever thanks to the feedback from my students!  Workshops and Events are posted on my website as well as updated in the monthly Newsletter.

I hope you tune in to the new blog.

Counting the days until I find myself back in the Bay Area!

Orbs No. 22 - 22" x 30" Watercolor and Collage

Orbs No. 22 – 22″ x 30″
Watercolor and Collage

In the last week, I hung one solo show and dropped a dozen paintings off for the Sawmill Gallery Invitational that opened on Friday evening.  Both shows look fabulous.  The exhibit at Blue in Portland, Maine just ended.  All of the paintings for the upcoming exhibit Orbs, Science & Healing at the Bouras Gallery, Overlook Medical Center, must be framed and catalogued before I leave for California next week.  No wonder I haven’t been posting on my blogs lately!  In the middle of it all, a very dear friend reconnected, inspired and provided the fuel for the energy I have needed to produce and market this exciting new body of work!  Life is wonderful, to say the least.

If you live near Santa Rosa, please check out the workshops I will be teaching September 26, 27, 28 & 29 at RileyStreet Art Supply, Santa Rosa, CA.  Calendar of Workshops and Events

Painting:  Orbs No. 22, 22″ x 30″ watercolor with a tiny piece of handmade paper added.

One of the many rewards of motherhood is receiving wonderful, handmade treasures from my children.

Fimo Creature with Bottle Cap Umbrella

Playing the Seasonal Version of The Color Scheme Game is more difficult than I had imagined.  The task was to paint the sketchbook drawing of the Fimo Creature in Winter Evening colors.  I feel the different parts of my brain working as I roll the clock back to a remembered winter evening and attempt to fix it in my brain. The subject of my drawing is not a factor. I strive to express the mood of the evening by choosing colors that suggest the atmosphere of that past moment.   There are as many color combinations of winter evenings as there are minutes in a day.  At times it feels more like a process of elimination, removing color and saturation options one at a time until I have distilled the choices.  This is exactly what I wanted from this exercise.

Sketchbook drawing:   Family Treasures No. 38, Fimo Creature with Bottle Cap Umbrella. Drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.  Seasonal color Palette …. Winter Evening.

Over the past few months, the objects drawn within the rectangular cells have been working their way across the borders of the cells.  The objects have now escaped the cells entirely.   The turquoise moose is the leader of the revolution!

Glass Inkwells No.8 …. Escaped

The color palette of Glass Inkwells No. 8 was inspired by the amazing morning sky and the glow on the cornfield as the sun rose ad day or two ago.  There was a silver cloud cover above a strip of deep phthalo sky.

I’ve added another variation to The Color Scheme Game to play with Seasonal Color Palettes.

Sketchbook Drawing: Glass Inkwells No. 8 was drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor washes.

Another sleepless night.

Lily Drinking Cup Holder

My brain wouldn’t shut down after teaching the Color Scheme Workshop at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Bedminster, New Jersey.  My five students were wonderful.  They worked hard and didn’t complain at all.

Thanks to the great feedback from the students, I can cut an hour from the color wheel and value painting exercises so that we can get on to playing the game sooner.  There is so much information to cram into a half-day workshop!  A five hour workshop has now been scheduled for February 26th, 2013.  The extra hour is still not quite enough, but it will help.  I’m looking forward to teaching a three day workshop!  If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Sketchbook drawing:  drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black ink followed by watercolor washes. Color Scheme: Double Complementary.  Yellow and Violet, Blue and Orange.

It’s time to register for The Color Scheme Game Workshop at The Center for Contemporary Art!

Date: September 12, 2012, 10 am til 2 pm.  All you need to bring is three tubes of any yellow, any blue and any red watercolor paint.  I will provide everything else!  A pencil and sketchbook is always recommended, of course, but not an essential this time around.

Color Scheme Game Workshop Materials

Here is a link to the course description and registration: The Color Scheme Game Workshop

My magic bag is filled with paper, palettes, brushes, vintage dip pen nib holders, nibs, vintage fountain pens, mechanical pencils, a variety of colored inks, ink vial holders, handmade sketchbooks, color chart templates, Color Scheme Game Rules and cards as well as plenty of dice.

An eight page coptic bound sketchbook made from Rives BFK paper, a twelve-sided die, a set of Color Scheme Game Cards, along with print outs of all rules to The Color Scheme Game as well as The Extended Color Scheme Game will be sent home with each of the students.  In addition, a package of templates to use at home to make and use your own color wheels will also be part of the take home loot!

Join us for the fun on September 12th.  If you can’t make it then, you might want to schedule your own Color Scheme Game Party Night or arrange for a workshop in your area.

I am beginning to send out notices to garden clubs, arts stores,art associations, libraries and environmental centers to schedule demonstrations and/or workshops.  If you have any locations in mind, please let me know.


I was relying too much on the ink outlines that I am so fond of drawing.  I feel lost without them.

China Salt and Pepper Shakers

These lovely, salt and pepper shakers were found in the china cupboard when we cleaned out the family home prior to selling the house my mother and father built with their own hands.  I don’t remember using these.  They were among the good china that was used only once or twice a year.  What a shame.

I’ve been playing The Color Scheme Game backwards, determining what the color scheme of the reality might be.  In this case I determined it to be Analogous with Split Complements with Yellow as the dominant color.  Once I determine the color scheme I alter the reality to make a stronger statement with the color.

Watercolor Painting: Drawn first with pencil, followed by watercolor.

I posted a bumbled, morning sketch on the Creative Color blog this morning.  The second try had its own set of bumbles, but here it is.

Before darkening the shadow and background trees

Darkened shadow and background trees

A bit bizarre, but fun.  The color scheme was dictated by the Color Scheme Game, Analogous with Split Complements, Yellow / Green as dominant color.  The spotchy shape on the right was already on the sketchbook page.  This is one of my recent, handmade, coptic bound sketchbooks that I have made using paper from rejected watercolor paintings.  I was terribly intimidated by the mark as I began the ink drawing of the trees.  After a few minutes I warmed up to it.

Here are a few more samples of pages yet to come:

Sketchbook pages from discarded paintings

Sketchbook pages from discarded paintings

I’m sure that I’ll find myself collaging many of the pre-painted pages.  I can’t imagine what else I might be able to do with the one above.  Maybe by the time I come to it in the sketchbook I’ll have enough experience with the painted pages that I’ll go ahead and keep drawing with my pens.

All of the images are ink and watercolor.

Sometimes the ink bleeds a bit too much.

Trumpet Parts No. 89, Complementary Color Scheme

I’m going to try a few more experiments on this sketchbook drawing, but want to post the original version of it before I attack with more line drawing of pea plants and maybe a bit of gouache to tame the ink bleed.

The paper in my sketchbook is extremely absorbent.  I thought I had mixed plenty of the blue-violet mix for the background of the upper rectangle.  I hadn’t.  I ran out before I could complete the top left corner.  Not wanting a hard line, I quickly mixed what I thought might be close …. no time to test ….. have to keep the puddle moving.  I was a bit too blue and too saturated.

In spite of its problems, I had a great time both drawing and painting this combination of trumpet parts and the plants outside my back door.

Trumpet Parts No. 89 Revised

Later ….. I did add more ink and watercolor, but I didn’t add gouache to cover the bleed.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with Noodler’s Flex Fountain Pen followed by watercolor.  The color scheme and dominant color was determined by the throw of my twelve-sided die.  Complementary Color Scheme (Violet and Yellow)

Number Fifty in the Series of One Hundred Drawings and Paintings of Trumpet Parts!

A touch of orange

Playing The Color Scheme Game I rolled an Analogous Color Scheme using Blue/Green, Blue and Blue/Violet.  I couldn’t resist adding the yellow/orange at the end to see what happened.  For me, it adds energy and movement to the sketch.

Only fifty more sketches to go!  A few more painting with oil paints might be nice.

Sketchbook Drawing: drawn first with fountain pen filed with black ink, followed by watercolor.  Numbers on dice added after the watercolor dried completely to avoid ink bleed.  I was not using permanent black ink.