Thursday, June 16, 2016

Loose and Lax

Last night, painted gessobord with color ground for what I had in mind to create today. Got up first thing this morning and used watercolor pencils to start sketching.

Noticed how fussy it felt to me.

How contracted I felt.

Put it aside.

Picked up one of my primed blank manila stock postcards.

Covered it with paint—felt loose, relaxed, inside my brushstrokes.

Did a quick experiment: Can I create layers/depth by pressing a few stencils on top while the paint is wet?

Did so. Dried it with my hair drier.

Did another experiment: Can I create a sense of foliage profusion by drawing some quick leaf shapes with ink?

Put my ink pens into action.

Then, grabbed my oil pastels.

Lupines! Sweet peas!


Loose, lax, loving it.

Lunenburg Lupines
4x5", acrylic, ink, and oil pastel on manila stock
abstract floral


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Sheila. This was an especially enjoyable piece in the creating—really lost myself happily in process.

  2. LOVE IT!!! I've set it as my iPhone wallpaper.

    1. Joje, thanks! Totally fun to hear that you've set this painting as your iPhone wallpaper. I use my own paintings that way all the time : )

  3. I love how you relate your exercises to a 'felt sense', to what you are feeling in your body.
    I think that is an excellent 'barometer' about how the process is going.

    Feel inspired by that!
    Today I experienced the same. The moment that my body started to feel contracted, I realized: 'I have nowhere to go, I just have to be with this, paintstroke after paintstroke.

    And that was really good, and turned to to be good painting too!

    1. Simone, thank you for responding to the felt sense part of my post. SO helpful to have this ongoing conversation with you.