Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Registration of Gelli Prints

I made wooden forms for my 6" x 6" and 8" x 10" Gelli Pads so I could register the paper for additional layers of printing.

1. Cut a piece of Masonite 12 inches square.
2. Cut out a 6" x 6" square as shown.
3. Glue and clamp.
4. In like manner, cut out one like this for 8" x 10" and glue it to a 12" x 12" Masonite, glue and clamp.
5. Cut a piece of wood lath and glue and clamp it to the top as shown. Gelli Pad is in place.
6. Cut lath to go on each side of the Gelli Pads. I used another piece of lath at the top for registering. I plan to use 1/4 inch dowels at the top of the other for registration of printing paper with corresponding holes.
Metal registration pins could also be used here.
7.  I spray painted both forms with silver enamel paint and waxed the surface. This makes it easier to clean acrylic paint off the forms.
8. Punch printing paper with holes to fit the registration pins.
9. Ink the Gelli Pad and do ypour thing.
10. Pull the print, clean the pad and repeat as many times as needed.

More On Colored Pencils

I used index cards cut in half to sample colored pencils, Using a hole punch I put a 1/4 inch hole in each card. Separated into cool and warm hues and stepped from tints to shades, these were put on O rings. I use these to compare color hue, value and chroma in making pencil selection.

Cool colors on O ring

Warm colors on O ring

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Value Scale for Colored Pencils

Value 9
Value 8
Value 7
Value 6
Value 5
Value 4
Value 3
Value 2
Value 1

Colored pencils are divided into 12 hues:
Red Purple,Red, Red Orange, Orange, Yellow Orange, Yellow, Yellow Green, Green, Blue Green, Blue, Blue Purple and Purple and tints and shades are arranged into nine values 9 being lightest and 1 being darkest. These are placed in separate jars as per hue. Makes it easier to find the exact tint or shade I need as I have 300 pencils!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dremel Blending of Colored Pencils

I don't know why I did not think of this before.

I have a Dremel tool that takes 1/8" diameter shafts on tools.

The shaft on a cotton Q-Tip is also 1/8" so I cut one in half and chucked it in the Dremel.

On slow speed it is perfect to blend PrismaColor pencils when I have applied two or more pencil colors to an area that I want to smooth and blend.

Change often so no left over color messes up the next blend.

New encaustic (pigmented wax) painting

Cropped Circles Series
encaustic on npanel 12" x 12"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Painting

Cropped Circles Series
oil on panel 
24" x 24"

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012


Use a piece of Masonite about an inch wider on all sides than your watercolor paper. Soak the paper in water till thoroughly wet. Place paper on Masonite.. Hold in place with screen molding or lattice strips and Bulldog clips all along the edges about 1/2 inch. No tape. No Staples. Clean border.

Taking Photos of Paintings

Tape a make-up mirror in the center of the painting. Line up the camera so you can see the lens of the camera. This will insure that your camera and painting are on the same plane and avoid keystoning or warped images.

120817CC082 Completed

120817CC082 completed 24" x 24" oil on panel $1728

Friday, August 10, 2012

6 Primaries

For many years I believed that there were only three primary colors and that is true if you actually can find three tubes that are perfect primaries. However, most paint manufacturers do not make three perfect primaries and you can guess why.
We need actually six primaries. A red that is warm and a red that is cool. A yellow that is warm and a yellow that is cool and likewise, a blue that is warm and a blue that is cool. By mixing a warm Red with a warm Yellow, an intense Orange results. Cross a warm and cool primary and the result will be sullied.

Artisan Water Soluable Oils Mixes

Good saturated mixes with these three Artisan colors.

In Progress #082

Started CC082 today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

In Progress

120802CC030 36"x36" oil on panel
In Progress

120730CC021 12"x12" oil on panel

Cropped Circles Series 2012

120714CC004 12"x12" oil on panel

The new series "Cropped Circles" were inspired by irrigation circles in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as seen from an airplane. I cropped an image and worked on it with digital paint programs adjusting colors and values. These have a relation to the symbology of the circle, infinity, the sun, moon, and planets and woman. I have done over 80 studies for this series. Most of the paintings will be in oil paint.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Storage for Oil Paint

I have several hundred tubes of oil paint. I store the tubes in air tight Zip Loc bags organized into twelve bags as follows: Red Purple / Red / Red Orange / Orange / Yellow Orange / Yellow / Yellow Green / Green / Blue Green / Blue / Blue Purple / Purple / Blacks, Whites and Grays. This is an efficient chromatic storage based on the Munsell Color Wheel. It is much easier to find a tube by searching just the bag containing the tubes in various tints, shades and full chroma of one of the twelve hue families. The air tight bags also prevent oxidation drying of the oil paint in the tubes. If you have a large freezer you could place them in the freezer for long term storage.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February artwork


Meditations on the Holy Cross 120220 8  x 10 inches gold and silver gouache $164