A Walk into Abstracts…How Did They Do That

ScissionThere is a new e-book called A Walk into Abstracts…How Did They Do That. The book has work by 33 artists and is 183 pages long. There are detailed descriptions for each of the works in the book. I have two of my mixed media collages in this book with my descriptions. There is a tremendous amount of information about various ways to approach abstract work. If this subject interests you and you would like to purchase the e-book, go to this link:


The author is Sue St. John, who works in water media. The cost of the book is $27. I hope you enjoy the wonderful artwork in the book and the descriptions of the various ways to approach abstracts.


I just love this time of year. After the rush of the Christmas season, it is the perfect time to play in my studio. The weather does not make it too inviting to go outdoors, but allows me to focus in my studio. There aren’t too many art shows going on that will take my attention away from creating art. I can try out new techniques and play with the products that I have. It also gives me a great excuse to buy a few new products as well.

In addition, I’ve got two workshops planned. The first one is with the Pixeladies, Deb Cashett and Kris Sasaki, starting the end of January. It’s an online course on textile design using Photoshop Elements. The second workshop is with Lonni Rossi scheduled for March of this year at Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California. Lonni is a fabric designer and produces some of the most beautiful lines of fabric available. I am sure both of these classes will spark a new flurry of new artistic activity.

I have many other activities on my hit list to try out. First one is ice/snow dyeing. I promised my oldest son that I would make him some one piece pajamas (Union Jacks). Instead, I found a white cotton version from Dharma that I can dye. So I am going to do ice dyeing. Then I found a product for dyeing in the washing machine called Idye. (I don’t think there is a relationship with Apple.) Another process to try is marbling on fabric and possibly paper, too.

I am going to continue making papers for my collage projects. One of my favorite processes is to use tea bags (used) as the base paper. Then I stamp, paint, silk screen, spray, splatter, use molding paste, photocopy, etc. Once I have new papers and new fabrics to play with, I will focus on my mixed media projects. I know that it will be a great year!

Olivina Arch in the Livermore Valley

A few months ago I had a blog that described a commission I was painting for some clients. It is watercolor of the Olivina Arch in the Livermore Valley. It overlooks a field of olive trees and vineyards. I included a drawing of the arch, but I now have a finished watercolor. Here is the finished piece.

New Commission

I always like a challenge, and I find that doing commissions is a very challenging thing to do.  It is difficult to be able to understand what your clients are looking for and how to interpret their ideas into a piece of art.  Recently, former clients asked if I would do a watercolor painting of a well-known arch in Livermore Valley.  It is called the Olivina Arch, and it overlooks a field of olive trees and vineyards.  It used to be only an olive orchard, but has been turned into a vineyard, with a few olive trees left. The clients have a frame already, so the painting will need to be 26” x 26”.  Their home is beautifully painted in coordinating colors, but fortunately, they are colors that will blend perfectly with the scene I am going to paint.  Here is a sketch of what I will be painting.  I will update the blog with the finished work once it is done.