Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Snow Days...Painting Days

Snow days are wonderful for immersing oneself in painting. That is exactly what I have been doing, in-between cups of hot tea and glances out the window to view the ever-changing aspects of creek and woods.

I have been seeking the perfect paper for the watercolor images I am creating. Yesterday, I tried Yupo paper. (I know this is silly, but I just do not like the name. It reminds me of the little car, Yugo!) I wanted to work with watercolor. Well, it makes a great wash! I was soon to find out however, that when I went back to work on my piece, the paint lifted and most of my original wash was gone. "%$#@!" So, I was determined to at least make something out of this piece. I found that by using watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils I could add some interesting textures. Once dry, I checked it and found out, NO, it is not fixed. So, if you plan on using watercolor on Yupo, you have to fix it with a mat finished fixative or add a tad of Liquatex to the watercolor paint if you want it to fix. I have to say, even though I love the brightness and texture effects of the paper, it does not win the perfect paper prize for me.
Lake Fall watercolor on Yupo (C) gls 9" x8" unframed

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