Archive for June, 2010

reflecting pocket art

one of the things i love about painting the water is reflections! the 2 1/2″ by 2″ pocket art below is a watercolor on hot press board. i worked on it a few days ago, put is aside thinking it wasn’t finished. now i think it is. any feedback?

Lighthouse competition

richard mc naughton
challenged us watercolorists to post a lighthouse picture on june 21. wasn’t able to access my computer then, but here is my shot at the challenge. this is collision/watercolor pocket art, 2″ x 2 1/2″ – photo montage of the anclote key lighthouse off the coast of tarpon springs, fl. i’ve done several paintings of this unusual gem and want to work on this approach some more.
i want to piece together the lighthouse w/collage items, as opposed to using the photo over watercolor background. my time for art has been limited lately, so i quickly tossed this together with the intention of making several more attempts of this subject

was bored one day last year and decided to play at art, like a kid, no worries, no plan, just do it! the result. thanks to babboo for scanning this and sending it to me. i think i’ve come a long way since then.
i’m making a lot of my pictures the size of letter envelopes and promoting them as ‘art in your mailbox’

this is a mix of cut up magazine pictures and caran d’arche water soluble crayons. those crayons are one of my favorite tools. depending on if you apply them dry and leave them that way, or apply water after they’re down, OR dip them in water and draw – the look is different. even the color changes.


do you ever create a piece of art that just tickles you to death. well that happened here

watercolor on hot press board where i pushed the paint around a bunch of times till i was thrilled with the curve of the sling chair back. then mushed paint around on the bucket and love it too. and that suggestive little outline of the flip flops! sublime! hope you enjoy it too. soon i will document a piece of pocket art from start to finish

wish i were here

my favorite part of this painting is the beach ball. this is a combo watercolor/prismacolor pencil piece of pocket art, slapped onto cold press watercolor board. i can tell you that it’s 2 3/4″ by 2″ with a 1/4″white border. but take a gander at the shot below. you get a better idea of how small it really is when butted up next to a nickel

can just feel the breeze ruffling the umbrella. this is a sweet little 3″ x 2″ watercolor on hot press board. i love the way that surface enhances the fluidity of watercolor. i’ve got lots more with this theme – so exciting to splash those vivid colors around

i started doing tiny art when i had a piece of leftover illustration board that wouldn’t go away. i’d been re-exploring pen and ink stipple and decided to take advantage of the small size of the board. since stipple is so time consuming, the smaller the surface to be covered, the more quickly the picture could be complete.
then i found myself carrying around this cute little starfish – slipping it into my jeans pocket, a wallet or credit card holder. so i called it pocket art. or art in your pocket.
this was way before artist trading cards came on the scene, and this piece is about half the size of atc’s – less than 2 inches. now i do lots of small pieces – watercolors, collage/collisions, bitsy paintings on gallery wrapped canvas.

look soon for the link to my ETSY store or E-Bay auctions or contact me if you want to preview or buy some of these little gems before those stores debut.

collage fun. this one is simple. painted the background with winsor newton watercolor on 90 lb arches cold press paper. painted the palm, also on arches paper, separately. used w/n watercolors and caran d’arche watercolor crayons, cut it out and adhered to the background.

many many more collisions are in progress. stay tuned for the amazing results. i don’t even know what they’ll be and that’s what i love about doing collages