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Masa paper – the crinkle technique

Inspired by Chinese artist, Cheng-Khee Chee, I’ve been experimenting with the masa paper crinkle technique. It involves soaking masa paper in water and balling it up into a crinkled mass. This step breaks the sizing in the paper and when you smooth it out it’s left with a network of broken crinkle lines. When you […]

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Gallery night – woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Friday night (June 3), for my official opening at the Andersonville Galleria. All my Chicago people turned up, even the driving in from the far suburbs, and my family also made it down from Milwaukee – yay! What a fabulous turn out! This was my first attendance […]

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I have a fan in Arizona!

What a thrill! I was just at the Andersonville Galleria preparing a new painting for exhibit and was lucky enough to meet a new fan! She is a lovely woman from Arizona visiting her daughter here in Chicago. She purchased two of my prints… “Row of trees” and “Birds on beach”. She was really nice […]

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Yupo, my friend

I am having a love affair with Yupo paper. This paper is used in commercial printing and is actually a kind of plastic. This means it does not soak up water so a watercolor painting sits on top of the page and dries only when the water evaporates. I’m working on a few different techniques, […]

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Fruits of my trespass

Okay! so I trespassed and I painted and here are the fruits of my activity (illegal?) Both peony paintings are a combination of collage and watercolor… a technique I learned from Karlyn Holman that I’ve been having a lot of fun with. The peonies in real life have such a delicate and lush presence, I […]

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Ok, I trespassed

I admit it. I trespassed into my neighbors yard today. I seriously couldn’t help myself. Everyday, I sit in my office working at my computer, and my view out the window is of the homes across the street. Lately, I’ve been distracted by the most amazing peony bush that seems to have sprouted overnight next […]

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Now showing at the Andersonville Galleria

I have taken a booth at the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago. My paintings and prints are on display on the 2nd floor. I took some time and painted the booth and created some signage and installed it all a couple weeks ago with the help of my friend Sandy. So exciting!

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Fun with Yupo paper

Painting with Yupo paper is totally different from painting on watercolor paper. Yupo is a plastic substrate¬† – it’s nonabsorbent – so when you put watercolor on it, it does not soak into the paper. You have to wait for the water to evaporate before the painting is dry. The biggest plus I found so […]

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Recent monoprints

I’ve really been getting into monoprints lately. I learned a fun technique from Karlyn Holman at a class I took in April and have been playing with the concept ever since. You start with pasting colored tissue on Masa paper, then you do your monoprint on top of that, and after it dries you can […]

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My first painting was a face

My mom, also an artist, used to sit my brother and I down with paints and crayons and loads of paper whenever we complained we were bored. According to her the first thing I drew that looked like anything was a face. All these years later I have to say that as an artist I’m […]

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