Just Playing...

To know my work is to know I love big, bold color and texture! I like layers and lots of them! But there are also times that I like to change gears and strive for subtlety! In doing so, I tend to bring in white acrylic to soften the scene around the focal point, allowing it to speak. Lately, I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and testing them outside of their intended YUPO paper, to see how well they play with others...


Here's what I am finding...their colors are as bold as I was warned...loving that! They are similar to watercolor in terms of control, but they also lend themselves nicely to "happy mistakes"! They don't play well with gloss medium if they are being painted over, as they can bleed into the gel medium (even after they are dry) but they will happily sit atop of dried gloss medium!


I'm currently working on a series of 12" x 12" panels that combine acrylics with alcohol inks. So far I'm pleased with the results...happy mistakes and all! What do you think?

"You've Got This! Acrylic and alcohol inks on wood, 12" x 12"

"You've Got This! Acrylic and alcohol inks on wood, 12" x 12"

These pieces are currently available, if interested, contact me directly for details!

"Poppies", Acrylic and alcohol inks on wood, 12" x 12"

"Poppies", Acrylic and alcohol inks on wood, 12" x 12"





Breaking Gray...

I was recently invited to escape cold, gray Columbus, Ohio for a weekend in Marco Island, Florida to visit my in-laws. I was thrilled to have an entire day and a half of brilliant sunshine, temperatures in the high seventies and the freedom to sink my feet in the sand with my family, lounge on the beach with a good book and to slow down long enough to soak up the colors and patterns around me!

My last day there the weather turned dark and winds were harsh, turning my Florida oasis ironically into the same shade of gray that I had left (and was now preparing to return to) in Ohio! Squeezing in a final walk before heading home, I had to laugh at these guys, each bracing against the strong wind, they refused to move and forced all beachcombers to walk around them!


Back in my studio, a painting I had completed a while back, now proves to be the perfect reminder of my weekend! What color gives you a break from the gray?