Palette 004 – Watercolor Travel Kit


For my summer travels and Plein Aire, I thought it would be handy to make a my own compact watercolor palette. This was a good tin for me to use because I love dark chocolate!

I flattened out the sculpey in the tin (the lid has a very thin layer), found an object to poke the holes, baked it according to instructions, sprayed a glossy clear coat on the sculpey, and squeezed my favorite colors into the holes.

Inspired by the kit made at

“Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get!” Forest Gump is one of my favorite movies, it couldn’t be helped!

Ipad Painting Inspired by “The Painting”


What Animated film inspired me to do this Ipad painting?

It’s from “Le Tableau” a French animated feature film. In English it’s known as “The Painting.” I thought it would be fun to paint a picture like it and have brushwork. I took some liberties, but it was fun to experiment with this environment and the Art Set Pro App.

The French have other recent great animated films like “Ernest and Celestine,” “Secret of the Kells,” and “The Triplets of Belleville.” All of these movies including “The Painting” are available on ITunes.

Ipad Life Drawing


I think using the IPad for Life Drawing works well. I was able to get the figure done in the 1.5 hour session, and I did the chair and background at home.

I used the Art Set Pro app on the ipad, because it behaves very close to natural media. I like the color pencil for drawing, and for coloring and shading I like the oil pastel, and paint. I manipulated it with the eraser, rag and water tools. I used a Wacom Bamboo Stylus.

6×6 Exhibit Fundraiser


Here are the three paintings I won in the 6×6 Exhibit Fundraiser, painted by Karen Kinder (left), Harriett Lievan (middle), Gary Steinley (right). I’m very proud to own them, because they are works of people I know, and admire.

This is a very fun event! Here’s how it works:

Local artists create 6×6″ works of art in any media, a maximum of 4 works. The pieces are signed on the back, to be more anonymous until after they’re chosen. Works are exhibited, and raffle tickets are sold 1 for $5, and 6 for $25 dollars. They are exhibited for 2 weeks, and then today we had a reception and sale. The reception attracted about 70 people, you must be present to win. At 5:00pm they drew a number every 60 seconds. When your number is called you can go up pick your favorite painting that is still hanging. You have 60 seconds until the next person comes up to choose. Once you have chosen one, you pay another $20 dollars for the picture. They drew thirty numbers, and then remaining paintings can be bought $20 first to grab the painting gets it.


The image on the far right is what was left after the sale. I will try to find out how much money was raised, and post here, if anyone wants to know. I highly recommend this as a fundraiser, and it was fun! I am officially a 6×6 collector, and I’m going to hang the ones I got last time with this years together in my studio with some of my own. It’s great to own some of the works of my art buddies!

Rolling Up the Carpet #10 (WIP 4)


I think it was worth the risk of repainting the sky. I exaggerated the perspective by bowing rows down in the middle, and the big clouds are bigger and lower with less little distant clouds.


The outline shows the placement of the old clouds, which was too evenly spaced, and the rows were straight across. I’m trying to learn to orchestrate the sky, which can get a bit messy. After this, if I’m unsure I will be more at ease to rework my paintings.

Here is a link to the old:

Rolling Up the Carpet #10 (WIP 3)


Well, I will boldy go forward by going backward. It’s 2:30am, for better or worse I blocked out my big sky. I had to do it now because I want it dry in the morning. I’m not content with composition of the clouds. It makes me cringe, but I’m taking the risk because I look at it and think about what I wish I would done. I’ll cross my fingers and hope for the best tomorrow!