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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.

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Yesterday I attended the first of four sessions of a printmaking workshop taught by Sheila Goloborotko. Inspired by the process of creating a monoprint, I created an abstract ghost image on my paper prior to drawing the oil cans.

pencil drawing over ghost image wash

I felt my brain thinking along a different path as I painted the oil cans.  My anxiety level rose, finding myself in slightly unfamiliar territory.  What a great experience of expansion!

Family Treasures No. 20, Oil Cans

As a final touch, I drew into the snake extension with a white gel pen.

There will definitely be several more paintings of my father’s oil cans in the future.

Color Scheme: Analogous with split complements    Dominant Color: Violet.  The split complements are yellow/green and yellow/orange.

A perfect title for a Nancy Drew mystery.

Family Treasures No. 18

This is the second painting of The Glass Lady. I posted the first one on the Creative Color Blog.  I wanted to stay more delicate in this painting.  The Glass Lady was my mother’s.  She sat upon her dresser, hiding the small, homeless or injured objects that accumulated during the days and weeks and years of my childhood. In the first painting, the shadow became opaque and along with its opacity it acquired the visual appearance of being an object rather than a shadow.  With this in mind, I kept the shadow more ghostlike.  At the same time, I experimented with presenting the aspect “shadow as object” by allowing it to exist beyond the boundary of the yellow cell.

Painting: drawn first with vintage Sheaffer fountain pen filled with Noodler’s black ink, followed by washes of watercolor.

Color Scheme: Complementary Triad of Yellow, Violet and Blue/Green

The color scheme was inspired by the Buddleia on the facing page of my sketchbook.  I love the psychedelic mauve background.

Buddleia Bush and Combination Square

The combination square is one from my father’s workshop.  I omitted the scale marks and kept it simple.

Combination Square

Color Scheme: Near Complementary Colors Red/Violet and Yellow

Dominant Color is Red/Violet ( That’s pretty obvious ….. I know … it’s pure Cotman Mauve.)


We tried to stop giving elephants to my mother.  She agreed that she had far too many and didn’t need to collect them anymore.

Family Treasures No. 9, Green China Elephant Vase

My mother passed away eight and a half years ago and I still can’t stop adding unique elephants to her collection.  Nicole and I found this bizarre vase at the Far Hills Rummage Sale this Spring. If I hadn’t bought it, Nicole would have.  My justification is that it’s great for holding my brushes.  When I put brushes into it, I turn it into a sword-swallowing circus elephant and I find it visually disturbing.  Flowers look odd in it, too.  They sit on a slant.  Regardless, I love it.

Painting is 5″ x 7″.  Color Scheme is Analogous with One Complement; Dominant Color is Yellow/Green. Sketched in lightly with pencil, followed by watercolor. I miss drawing first with ink, but I’m determined to be flexible.

Triad color scheme with split complements, dominant color is Blue/Purple.  That gives me Blue/Purple, Yellow and Orange.

Trumpet Valve, Caps and Rooting Oxalis

The entire day was spent drawing the trumpet valve parts.  I have more than sixty drawings left to do.  I want to finish them before spring arrives so that I can begin my next series of 100 drawings and paintings as soon as the earth begins to awaken from winter.  I’m thinking of focusing on hedgerows.

Each drawing is unique, even if the subject matter is the same.  Each drawing requires my total focus.  Though I say I want to be done, I am not rushing.  I learn nothing when I rush.  For me, drawing and painting is about learning new ways of seeing and new ways of expressing what I see, it is not about making pictures.

Sketchbook drawing:  drawn first with fountain pen, followed by watercolor.

Replenishing inspiration at The Grisly Pear is a great way to start 2012.

Ted Horowitz (Popa Chubby) and Arthur Neilson

It was not my intention to stick with a color scheme of analogous with one complement throughout the night, but that is exactly what I did.

Musicians at The Grisly Pear

I’m looking forward to painting at Christine Santelli’s Singer / Songwriter Open Mic on Wednesday nights beginning next month.

Paintings:  Drawn first using dip pen with Black Swan in English Rose Noodler’s Ink, followed by watercolor

No power….. sat at my drawing table in the light of the storm and made color palettes with the Peerless Water Color Papers

Color Schemes in cd cases

I ordered the Peerless Water Color Papers from Creative Mode.

I’ll post the next step to color Wheels Three and Four as soon as I can.  No internet access at home.

I find it valuable to look back at older work and analyze the color elements of the paintings that still have visual impact on me.

Portrait of Nicole, Watercolor Demo, 1985

This watercolor portrait of Nicole was done as a demo for a class I taught.  It was my first experiment with hot press watercolor paper.  My focus was more on the way the paint worked on the surface of the paper than it was the way the colors worked with one another.

When I analyze the color scheme I see that it could fall into the split complementary scheme that continues to crop up when I paint on Tuesday nights at the Todd Wolfe Blues Jam, Purple / Yellow & Red / Green.  The colors missing in this portrait of Nicole are Blue and Orange though they are suggested by the neutralized Blue Purple in the background and the Orange Red of the object Nicole is holding.  The strength of the color is in the intensity of the small color shapes in the foreground, the yellow, red and green.  The larger, neutralized shapes are the foundation and support for the bright spots of color, allowing the pure colors to come forward toward the viewer creating an illusion of depth into the painting placing Nicole’s face in space between the object she is holding and the area of the room behind her.  I am seeing this same visual phenomena working in the Blues Jam paintings.