Friday, April 20, 2018

Art at Price Tower

The annual BART Spring Show is on display at the Price Tower.

The posted pics are not necessarily entries that were prize winners, but rather work that I thought would photograph well.

 This is my favorite, because I'm partial to mixed media.

Best of Show

Artist/judge Clayton J. Beck III

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Color of the Week

Lavender Ice
How to name a color? The paint companies & the lipstick & nail polish companies come up with some imaginative names. 

I decided to call the color of these flowers Lavender Ice, because they remind me of Lavender & they had snow on them just a few days ago.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Alcohol Ink

I have a whole drawer full of inks that I use in mixed media, but I had never tried alcohol inks.
They are a whole new thing. Alcohol is what makes these different. Because it evaporates so quickly the colors run & mix & then start again with the addition of more alcohol.
I'm just starting to experiment. 
What will I come up with?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Carolyn Monk

Carolyn Monk
Local celebrity artist, Carolyn Monk, prodvided a program for the BART group March meeting. 
She shared a little about her career, and had a planned demo on painting fur. Her "trick": skill (comes with practice), the right brush, and plenty of time. 
Her wildlife paintings are shown in galleries all over the state. It's an honor to see her exquisite work, and a great honor to own one.

To inquire on purchasing one of her fine pieces her web site is,

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Here it is, a prepared canvas. Ready for whichever idea finds it way to the canvas first.

Yellow opens the door for the flood of the rainbow to come in. The plan is for many blues & greens.

"As yellow is always accompanied with light, so it may be said that blue still brings a principle of darkness with it. This colour has a peculiar and almost indescribable effect on the eye. As a hue it is powerful, but it is on the negative side, and in its highest purity is, as it were, a stimulating negation. Its appearance, then, is a kind of contradiction between excitement and repose."

                                        Goethe, Theory of Colours  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bye, Bye Mitch

Mitch Lyon
June 2012

I just got news that Mitch Lyons died earlier this month.

About seven years ago while I was working in ceramics, I found Mitch's DVD's on ceramics in the college library. I loved what he was doing with ceramics especially the clayprinting. As I watched the magic appear on the clayprinting plate it was so exciting that I thought I would hyperventilate.

In 2012 I was able to take one of his workshops in Taos, NM. It changed the course of my work. My present studio is set up for clayprinting and I can easily lose myself for hours being surprised by what appears on my printing plates.

Thank you Mitch for sharing your clayprinting process with so many artists.

Here are a few pics from the 2012 Workshop:

Mitch creating
Clay pigments
Mitch adding color to the plate with chalk.
Mitch adding color to the plate with colored slip.
Mitch pulls a finished print.
Prints drying on the line. 
Radio Waves
I created this clayprint at the workshop. It is framed & hangs in my entry.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Loving Vincent

I missed the movie Loving Vincent when it was at the theatre, but thankfully the library ordered it.

It's an animated feature mostly on the end of this life, and animated in the style of van Gogh. It's real "eye candy".

And van Gogh inspired young artists to create these works for the student art show on exhibit now at Price Tower.