Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Dome

Painting is not a means of communication or even self-expression, but rather a process of discovering, or uncovering. (Louis de Brocquy)

This painting started as a charcoal sketch that I applied some medium. The second stage started with my wax crayons, maybe trying to discover what was hidden in there. With a q-tip dipped in a medium for a more painterly approach. Like this technique.  More crayon work. I feel there is more to discover. It was only after I saw the image in PS did I notice the dome and some interesting figures. Will let it rest awhile. 

Interesting that just last week I spent the morning with my grandson at the Israel Museum and visited the Dome of the Book.  

Stage I
32.5 x 22 cm
Drawing paper

 The Dome WIP
Stage II
32.5 x 22 cm
Drawing paper

Monday, July 17, 2017

Working with Messy

When I paint, mysterious things happen. What starts with a void ends with a dialogue. (Jeet Aulakh)

Apple Anyone? WIP?
13 x 18 cm
Heavy Paper
Neocolor I Wax Crayons
Acrylic Background

A while ago I was intrigued by Dotty's starting with "messy" I certainly have a lot of those! Going through a pile of starts and old pieces found this odd piece. Wondered why it hadn't been thrown away long ago.
Below the various stages.

Found this in my collection of exercises. Acrylic background

Used some alcohol to lighten up some areas and continued with my wax crayons 

More crayons

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cut Cut Cut

Remember my  "Love Love Me Naught". Well decided to cut it up, ala  Dotty. Never would had had the courage. Thanks Dotty!  Made a frame and cut 3 pieces and made some neat cards.


Three Cards Cut 
5" x 7"

 From a another small piece from one of my lesson exercises made 2 smaller cards. Getting to like the cutting idea LOL!!!

5.5" x  4.25"

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Love You Love You Naught

Love who you are - and who you are not. (Anonymous)

What a mess... a real mishmash!! Started back about a month ago. Was attracted by some images of daisies from a magazine and started playing around on an odd piece of brown paper. I think I started with the collage pieces and started putting on random marks in pencil and oil sticks. Not really knowing what was going to come out. No rest for the poor eye here.

Daisies Start WIP
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Trying to quiet down some too busy areas using my new oil sticks. Still a little too much. Decided in any case to keep to the flower motif

Daisies 2 
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Daisies 3
35 x 39 cm
Brown Paper
Mixed Media

Still needing something... seems a bit pareve   back for some tweaks

Friday, July 7, 2017

Out of the Darkness

What is art but a way of seeing? (Thomas Berger)

This was started way back in  late April. Again using some colors that were left on the palette. Again much agitation. Really didn't know where this would take me or that I wouldn't get back to this for quite a while. Finally back in the workshop and a few layers got the OK that it was finished. For the meantime I will leave it be. Want to move on.

Out of the Darkness
50 x 34 cm
Cut canvas
Oils with Cold Wax
Oil Sticks

Here is how it all started way back then!

Out of the Darkness Start
50 x 34 cm
Cut canvas

I am still finding it hard to sit at the computer and blog. I want to write interesting things but my mind is still a bit muddy( a lot).  We did have a nice party for the end of workshop season. Had a what they call laughing yoga which was a lot of fun. Laughter therapy. We did laugh a lot and had FUN!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


My Last Duchess
Robert Browning

That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall, 
Looking as if she were alive. I call 
That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands 
Worked busily a day, and there she stands. 

36 x 50 cm
Cut canvas
Oils and Cold Wax
Oil Sticks

This piece started at the end of April. One of two paintings had started on cut canvas over a 
cardboard format.  Two different color palettes using some leftover oil and cold wax paints. Ironically
both showed signed of agitation that I really couldn't understand at the time.