Pencil Work

Actually working with a purpose today…sort of. Peace and love, lkb 

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Long Key Sunrise

Waking up for four days on the Atlantic was so relaxing and peaceful. I keep traveling back to the memory and creating a perfect meditative place. I find it is a necessity to create a calming place to escape the increasing toxicity of our world. A few moments of peace and I am ready to face the next hurdle.

Art Journal – “Connections”

Playing around in my art journal. I had started the page gluing the word ‘connections’ and playing with some paint. I then started browsing older sketches and came across a black-napped oriole I had met at the zoo years ago. So he became my model. Orioles symbolize friendship and I thought it fitting for the theme. Who knows what else will end up on the page?     

6 Steps to Create a Mixed Media Painting

I’ve had several people ask how I make my paintings. So I figured I’d break it down into some steps. 

1. Sketches and a plan. I don’t always stick with a plan but the sketchbook is the birthplace of ideas.


2. Prep the canvas. I love this part. It’s mainly nonobjective and freeing. I work quickly adding the papers with gel medium and find my rhythm.


3. Paint. I’m still building up background, creating texture and movement. Also maintaining a sense of unity throughout.


4. Transfer or draw the image. I use paint or pencil to sketch the image on to the canvas.

5. Fill in and paint. I love creating deep, rich color using umber, purples or greens, and reds. I start the base with the darkest color (green) and then paint glazes over successive layers. It allows texture and color to peek through.


6. Now I just paint. Eliminating some background and covering the sides of the canvas. I will work with smaller and smaller brushes, picking out shapes, enhancing lines doing whatever I feel is necessary. I use acrylic glazing medium to complete the background allowing for the under-layers to show through.

There you have it, a small look into my process (at least for this painting 😊).

Peace and Love,

lkb