It’s Been a While

I have been so out of touch for the last two months. I’m so sorry. You see, all of the sudden we had to move (landlord wanted to sell the house though we had 2 years left on the lease). Life got hectic and we had to fast forward ideas that we were kicking around for the future. Of course we didn’t just move up the road or across the town, we disrupted everything and moved 800 miles!

Guess where…..

Now that life is normalizing somewhat (very little, actually) I am promising myself that I will keep this up. Wish me luck!

Oh, and here’s some art…

Have an amazingly peaceful day.

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My Crazy

I don’t know where my husband got this but it summed everything up… it’s time for a new adventure. And when followed by this…

Well, how can you resist?

So my family and my menagerie of paintings and drawings will be making a move of approximately 800 miles. I’m excited for new experiences and kicking some art into high gear.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? This just might be my crazy.

It also may be time to decide on a focus for my art. I hate the idea of being limited to a style or medium but being taken seriously is important. So, pencil?

Or paint and mixed media?

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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