Sunday, November 4, 2018

Wild Arts Festival, Portland, November 17-18, 2018

This is the final year for the 6x6 Artist Open at the Wild Arts Festival. I made two works of art this year using watercolor, collage and topped by encaustic.

Harry Heron - before the encaustic top layer

Harry after the encaustic layer - photo enhanced.

A side view of the 1.5 inch cradled panel. A better depiction of the final colors.

Autumn Crow - before the encaustic top layer

Crow after the encaustic layer

The encaustic wax does dull the colors, but you can touch the surface! It soaks into the paper layers and changes them somewhat.  The work can be shined with a soft cloth every couple of months.  

More information about the festival is here:
They will put up a slideshow of all of the 6x6 works for this year before the festival.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spring 2018 Postcard Swap

Time for iHanna's Spring Swap.  Here are my 10 cards:

Mt. Hood, Oregon - Linocut and acrylic paint

Here are some lovely cards that I received. Lots of cool techniques:

Collage with Glassine over top.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Gap. Words by Ira Glass. Film by Daniel Sax.

Film of The Gap on vimeo.

Here's a short film accompanying audio by Ira Glass.  He is talking about the gap between what you want to make and what you're making. I posted some of his thoughts on the subject a few years ago. 

This film is very cute and only takes a couple of minutes.  I love the printing on the map early on. This was mentioned in the latest newsletter from the wonderful Annamieka Hopps Davidson.

As for my own personal experience, it is taking me forever to get anywhere.  I know I need to work more and I've made gains in that area, but I don't even know what watercolor paper I like.

Anyway, here's a recent sketch on Hahnemuhle Nostagie paper, 5 and 3/4 inches by 4 and 1/8 inches.
(Not watercolor paper.)

Wishing everyone a very happy 2018.

Klea dog

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Post card #10

This one came from Taiwan. It took about 3 weeks from the postmark to arrive in Portland.
"The rabbit is a rubbing from an old cake press"
Pretty stamps and a clear postmark.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

More postcards received

Cute one from Ohio. I like the boxes.

One of a series from San Francisco

This is an affecting message from Athens, Georgia. It references a group called "Free the Girls" focusing on liberating girls forced into sexual slavery.


I really enjoy these swaps. Love seeing the different styles and points of view.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Postcards received in the Fall Swap

Here are two great collaged postcards. The top is from Minnesota and the other is from the UK.
Very cool paint and stencil on cardboard from Camas, Washington.
Lovely hand-colored original drawing from LA, CA.
Very interesting abstract design - paint and collage from Scotland.

A fabric postcard from Orlando, FL!  She had the post office hand cancel the card then she put it in a clear plastic sleeve for mailing.

These are all so cool and different. You can see why I love doing this swap!

Follow Hanna at  She usually does two a year, so the next one may be in the winter or spring.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Postcards for the Fall Swap

Finished batch of postcards

I used acrylic paint and dark pencil for this swap. I cut some with pinking shears.

First couple of layers on 300 lb water color paper
Tests and inspiration for the postcards