Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Queen Painted

I did finish adding the gold highlights to her hair after this photo was taken...also the eye and details of the seahorse in her hand.

Next, some turtles.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And the Queen has a Tail Fluke

Base color, highlights and shadows done.

The spine of the fluke has a lime base color and then a darker green stenciled on top. Then accent dots of gold.

Tomorrow, a photo of the whole Queen finished...the painting, that is :)



Monday, August 29, 2011


What  difference does adding shadows make in a painting ?  Visually, they add depth and dimension.

With highlights, but before shadows

After adding shadows

See how it visually separates and lifts each scale?

Many think shadows are added in black...not so.  Black makes them too stark.  A darker shade of the color being shadowed is much better...or a complimentary color.

In this case my scales are various oranges, so I used yellow for highlights and red for shadows.


Sunday, August 28, 2011


And a beautiful day it is!  All my family in Virginia got through Hurricane Irene no worse for wear.  A few trees down, some without power, but damages to property are minimal and all the people are just fine!

So, I'm  off  to dinner and a Saints party, but I'll leave you with the "Queen"...almost to the tail fluke!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some Work, Some Worry

Trying to work on the Queen of the Nereids... but it's going slowly.  I have lots of family in Irene's path, so it's hard to concentrate. As of last check, the ones I could get in touch with are doing fine waiting for the worst of it.

Having lived in south Florida for years, I know only too well what it's like... that's why I worry.  But I'm hoping all will get through the night unscathed.

So I'll leave you with some progress photos of the Queen's tail. First I used the dip pen to outline all the scales. Then painting the scales....I'm adding the highlights as I go. The darker shading will be added later.



For all in Irene's path, stay safe!

Friday, August 26, 2011

More Progress on the Queen

I always love watching my pieces come to life as the color is added. Every little bit makes such a huge difference. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

And the shading makes the most difference of all.

And then my helpers...Chloe being silly

And Bouree thinking about climbing the easel

Who me???

In the end, he took a nap

Which enabled me to get lots of work done :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Still Painting...

Lots of stuff going on!  Finally some good news coming regarding the Florida house, more on that another day. Still working away at projects here in this house, and even painting on Queen of the Nereids.

Along that line, I have been trying to remember to take pictures as I go through each step...more or less :) and I though I'd share a few with you today.  As I told you last time, I have finished the base coat of all the water, and then the rock formations.  I am now working on the Queen herself.  The photos today will be of the water and a peek of the rock formations.

First, the water.  I used very thin inks and thickened them with aloe in areas where there was a lot of detail and with shaving cream in large open areas.  It allows me to cover large areas easily and quickly

I still will be going back and adding additional color, shadows and highlights to the water, but the base is done.

And then rock

And of course Bouree getting into trouble :)

climbing my design wall...

who me????

Good thing he's cute!

Well, I'm off to the movies with my SIL..we're going to see "The Help"

Ta Ta!

Monday, August 15, 2011

More on "Queen of the Nereids"

Today was the day remove the freezer paper masks from the large simple shapes (ie: rocks) and to wash out  the wax resist protecting all the rest .  After getting the base coat on the background( in this case the "water" ) I leave it to cure for at least two  weeks.  Now it can be washed without fear of color loss.  So now the wax is all gone and I'm ready to start painting again. Since this was just the base coat, there will be more layers of color added to the water as I go along, but the masks/resist is no longer needed.

I have had several e-mails asking about my methods and I answered them privately, but I'll repeat some here for those who may be wondering.

I am using a variety of acrylic products; Jacquard's Dye-na-Flow, Tsukeniko inks,Liquitex Artists inks, Jacquard's Pearl Ex Pigments and others.  The beauty of acrylics is that you can mix and match them., and they clean up easily.

Since they are all very thin like dye, I thicken them with shaving cream for large open expanses, and with Aloe gel for  areas that are smaller and more detailed so that I have total control and can hold them to the drawn line.

I use regular artists brushes that are designed for acrylics.

The cloth is Pimatex prepared for dyeing.  It's a nice high thread count that has a  slick and smooth surface that allows the inks to flow easily from the brush to get even the most minute detail without the weave of the cloth distracting the surface.

I draw my designs on the cloth with Prismacolor pencils. If I know ahead of time what color I plan , I use that color to draw...if I haven't decided yet, I use the pale gray.

Any other questions, just contact me and I'll be happy to answer.

For now, another look at the painting in progress.

I have several videos on my website demonstrating my methods of resists/masks and various methods of painting.


Birthday Quilt Done

With Bouree's help....

Just have to hand stitch the binding down tonight and I'll be enjoying it tomorrow on my birthday!

That is if I can keep this little booger from taking the binding clips off! :)

Thanks again Mother!









Saturday, August 13, 2011

Quilting My Birthday Quilt

Since this will be the quilt that I throw over my legs in the winter when I'm reading or knitting, I don't want it to be quilted to death, so I'm using a panto.  "Hibiscus" by Deb Geissler.  It is a pretty one and well suited to the colors in the quilt.  I'm using Quilters Dream Wool batting (of course :) ) and Superior's King Tut thread.."Cairo" and the colors of the thread are just perfect!

It has been several years since I've done a panto....sort of boring, but perfect for this quilt.

And of course, I know you want to see my "helper"!  Bouree is working very hard...

With all this help, I think it's going to take a while to get this done!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

An Early Birthday Gift

I got this wonderful quilt top from Mother for my birthday, which is not until next week. Beautiful batiks in nice rich looking has my favorite Aqua in there. I think this will be perfect for my chaise  where I sit and knit.


She even sent the backing and the binding already made!  So I just have to quilt it...I think I'll load it tomorrow!

Thanks Mother!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Surgery Day for Bouree

Today was the day my little boy got his boy bits "nipped" and had his microchip implanted. I dropped him off at the Vet's at 7:30 am and he was home before noon. He did just fine..a little bruised and swollen, and he has been pretty sleepy all afternoon.  So we are letting him sleep it off.

He looks so sweet and's hard not to be holding and kissing on him

And Chloe went around calling for him all morning while he was gone, but when he got home she  did not like the hospital smell on him!

So while Bouree rests up from his ordeal, Chloe has been posing for the camera.

Such a beautiful, sweet girl...and she knows it too!

She loves getting her picture taken

And one last shot of my sleeping baby boy

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Queen of the Nereids update and Bouree

I have been busy with house renovations so I haven't gotten a lot of art done. But.........

I have done a little on my painted mermaid wholecloth...very little;  household reno work calling my attention....but I realizied that the first photos of the pattern were not that easy to see.

So here are some better photos...I hope.  And a little look at the background painting.





What you are seeing below is the sea through a hole in the rock formation...I took off the masks of the rocks, fish and octopus. There will be many more layers of color to get the final result.  But, the best results are obtained by gradually building up the color.

keep in mind, what you are seeing is just the first two layers of color in that section

And now for Bouree.......he fell asleep "helping"

If you look closely at his right eye you will see he was "helping " me paint the a little blue paint on his paw,and wiped his face with his paw...just between the bottom of his eye and the bridge of his nose....before I got all the paint cleaned off.

Before some of you chime is non toxic paint.

He is fine... for today.  But very early Tuesday morning, he has to go to the's time to get the little boy bits removed....shhhhhh, don't tell him!

I hope he still loves me afterwards :)