Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trying New Mediums

Napping Kitty in the Meadow, oak gall ink, 9x12"

Maybe I just get bored too easily, but I always like trying new mediums. Today I opened up a bottle of oak gall ink. My daughter had purchased it around Christmas and used it a couple of times, but it was just sitting there...

It has a weird smell.

And it works like magic. It goes on really watery looking - almost transparent. But as it dries, it gets darker. And if you layer it, you get beautiful variations of a rich purplish gray.

I tried using both a brush and a metal pen knib. Both worked fine. I ended up with darker lines using the pen. In a couple of spots, I washed on a little water. The ink bleeds -- its not permanent, even after its dry, but it doesn't wash away completely.

Meadow Foliage, oak gall ink, 9x12"
I'm headed for the ocean this weekend. So I think I'll do a few more like this.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Letting Go of Original Paintings

I am always torn when I sell an original painting that I really like. It makes me happy that someone values my work enough to pay money for it. Yet, I become attached -- especially a painting that has been sitting around my house for a while. On the other hand, it isn't actually doing any good just sitting around my house. I would rather see it out in the world, hopefully making someone else happy.

Honey Bees, from "Over in the Valley"
So, today, I have to say goodbye to the honey bees. Go, be happy.