Big Blue Ball


I grabbed a 16×20 panel today that I’d already painted (but didn’t really care for) and started playing around.  I find painting over an existing painting (especially one you’re not thrilled with) very liberating.  You can jump right in without worries – and since there’s already a base you can build on – there’s a good chance you’ll start to see some results fairly quickly – which is helpful when you’re not feeling especially motivated.

I tend to not take things as seriously when I do this – and that helps to take the pressure off to create something ‘wonderful’.  Instead, you can just play around and see what happens.

That was the case today…nothing serious…just playing around.

This is Big Blue Ball; beeswax, resin, pigment, oil sticks and collage. The American Graffiti theme (from yesterday) was still on my mind – just used a different medium and went in a different direction with it.

Speaking of direction…thought I’d take some ‘flyovers’ to show the topography since its rather 3 dimensional in places.


Dew Drop

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Wild Geese – a poem by Mary Oliver
Dew Drop – iPhoneograph by me

Altered Landscape

What a difference a filter makes! One acrylic landscape painting altered with the twirl filter in Photoshop. After…Before.






I’ve been playing around with apps lately.

This image is the same image from yesterday’s post (can you believe it?) – amazing what you can do with apps these days, isn’t it.

I would share the technique I used, if only I could remember what it was!  I’ve been going back and forth between two books; Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, by Daniela Bowker and The Art of iPhoneography, by Stephanie C. Roberts (ironic, considering I’m using an Android at the moment), and I’m not sure which app I ended up using for this image.

But both of the books are great and full of inspiration.

Its a lot of fun to play with apps; to select an image already in your gallery,  and just see what happens.

I mean, look at the difference between these two photos!!  And this was from (literally) about 3 minutes of experimenting time.

Don’t you imagine…


Song for Autumn

by Mary Oliver

In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think

of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.


*Cellphone image (taken through car window) and later altered in Pixlr-o-matic (Android app).


morning sunriseMaine lighthousetidal foamshark2flyingfishtopo1first snow of the seasonyellow beachspringmt2

One thing I really enjoy is looking through images I’ve made in my (digital) files.

These images were taken of some of my Encaustic Monotypes.

Encaustic Monotypes are created by painting with molten, pigmented wax onto a heated surface.  And then, just like regular monotypes, prints are ‘pulled’ from the surface.

The heated surface I use is one created by Paula Roland, called a Hotbox.

I took a three-day workshop with Paula last Fall and highly recommend it!

I call these images ‘topographies’.

I’ve given each one a name…

see if you see what I see!

First Light

The Lighthouse

Tidal Foam

The Shark

Flying Fish

Coast of Maine

Snow Clouds

Gold Beach

Blueberry Hill

Get Well Soon Estes Park

Memories of Autumn in Estes…

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Looking for Art in all the Wrong Places


I discovered this while shopping a couple of Saturdays ago. It was next to a planter full of cascading summer blooms. The long, graceful stems directed my eye toward the sidewalk…and that’s when I saw it. 

The water stain.

Guess it was my lucky day!!

(Image captured with my cell phone using the Roidizer app)

Tectonic Shift

heart break

Re-arranged my studio today for the umpteenth time

found a few encaustic pieces I’d made recently –

this is one of them.

oh what a tangled web we weave

spirogiraWebbing hung at a golf course protecting the boundary of the driving range.

Shot with my converted infrared camera, then distorted and twirled in Photoshop.