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Starting Something New



Oh geez, well here goes. I am going back to acrylics.  Yup, it’s time to start working at the easel again.

I have been working 95% in digital for 2020 but since I have a big digital deadline and the work is stalled right now I thought of switching it up to break through my wall.  So, I will paint in the REAL again. Should be easy, I have painted in acrylics before.

But nothing is working right.  The acrylics and canvas feels strange.  I didn’t realize how much physical strength it took till I got tired after an hour. A hour.  I usually paint for 6 hours at a stretch but now I am wiped.  1 hour of painting equals 3 hours napping.

Why not sit down?

Standing and painting is the only way I can paint. I have to step back every couple of strokes to judge my values or check to see that my straight lines are really straight.  If I sit and paint I slant everything to the right.  It looks like the painting was left out in the sun and is melting.  I had to laugh at that one. Apparently I fall in love too quickly with my colors and I can see nothing else.

See the little value scale at the bottom left of the picture?  If I was ever get a tattoo, this is what I will get. A value scale. It isn’t super sexy but it would be so handy. I misplace the damn thing at least once ever time I use it.  Some artists wear it around their neck.  Ugh, that is probably the next step.  Also, why are they made of paper? If they fall into coffee, the lake or paint they are instantly dead.  Metal would be better.  Whatever, just not paper.

So far…

Everything is going wrong.  It is a comedy of errors.  I put my paints in a fancy new palette but I put in too much water in the bottom reservoir and now I have paint soup.  The canvas was too absorbent and too scratchy. I fixed that with er, a special sauce. Then, the paint wouldn’t glide on so I dusted off the medium and started using that but with the soupy quality it was a hot mess. Right now, as I write this, my paints are drying out on my bureau tabletop so I can use it again and the fancy new palette is on the floor for a time out.


Don’t you have a digital painting deadline?  Yes, yes I do.

Okay, I have been dreaming of this deadline and I WILL make it but I am stuck in the mire of ‘I can’t make a decision‘ so I thought I would paint with acrylics to relax.  Ha! That is hysterical in hindsight.  Here is the digital painting so far.


Turmoil 18 x 36″ Digital on aluminum (I am pretty sure this is what I will choose with my print shop)

It is NEARLY done, it’s just…I have made…oh, I don’t know sixteen versions? Yeah.  If I had a kingdom to rule it would be the Land of Indecision.

It is going to be great AND the opportunity is HUGE. I will finish it and ya know MAKE the deadline. It is just stage fright right now.

Once it is done (85% there) I will send it off with 2 other entries and then wait.  At that point my job is done.  If I do get in then, I will start catalogue shopping for a new outfit, make an appointment for a real haircut (I have cut my own hair twice now) and even get the truck washed.

I have been hiding out due to the coronavirus. I got really sick with influenza in December and I am just now recovering, 80% there.  Going out is scary. REALLY scary because people are not keeping their distance or wearing their masks.  This means people like me, with compromised immune systems are all wound up. California just hit record breaking outbreaks for the last couple of days. We got an emergency alert this afternoon too so painting waves in my studio is the place to be right now.


Well, I bet my paints are dry enough now for me to work on the first painting again.

Anyways, thanks for reading this and take care.  I am going back to the studio now that I got this little rant out of the way.  I will post again when I am done with my acrylic or  digital painting.

Be sure and check out my shop to see if there is anything you want to buy.  I have some prints available that I hope you like too.

Bye for now,






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Cloudy With A Chance Of Hope

Peach, digital painting 30×30”

I created this series of clouds to bring peace and a sense of hope.  We all need a little hope right now. It is crazy out there.  A few weeks ago we were just worried about the novel coronavirus.  Who knew those would turn out to be simpler times .

Well, let’s forget about that for a minute and talk about art. The clouds are starting to pull my interest away from all the waves I have been painting. It is too hard to paint waves from photo references alone.  I need to be at the beach and seeing the water turn into waves and roll towards me.  Actually, it’s more than that.  I need to be irritated by noisy gulls, hot sun or overcast skies.  Anything except air conditioned, well lit rooms.

The problem with painting inside is it doesn’t help with a sense of urgency.  Fear of getting sunburned, or sand in my iPad are real things I have to contend with and it makes me work harder! Well, for me, that is a ways off since I am still recovering from damaged lungs due to painting in oil.  I can almost walk two blocks.  Yeah, it IS going to be quite a while.

So, I am looking  up and up and up.  Clouds don’t care if you are quarantined, they are still there.  They are accessible and  challenging to paint.  Right now, I am painting them digitally. Later I will explore acrylics and gouache.  I really do like painting digitally because I can carry a whole studio in my iPad Pro.

If  you can, take a hike and cloud search. Pay attention to the subtle color changes and see if it connects you a little more to the present.  That is what it does for me.  My cloud paintings are now available in my shop with some of them also available as prints and some smaller sizes too.

Thanks for stopping by.