Friday, February 23, 2024


 Still playing with granulating colors, but not for landscapes - you can use granulating colors for everything!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024


I’ve been reading while recuperating from the flare up of the back pain…mostly escapism about mermaids.  

And that made me want to paint mermaids more.  Here are two I did prior to the back pain..

The first one is trapped in a glass container and not happy about it; one just sunbathing.  But neither are the mythical mermaids of song and sea shanty…no beautiful girls here with fish tails.

First painting on watercolor paper 140# cold press.  Second painting on YUPO paper (the plastic paper that makes your paint just slide right off if you don’t control the water).  Watercolor and gouache on YUPO - a lesson in patience and letting go of too much control!

Monday, February 19, 2024


 Somehow, I’ve caused my back to be in some serious pain.  I have no idea how I did it or what I did (nothing out of the ordinary), but I’ve been taking meds, keeping heat on it, resting (just sitting and reading or watching t.v. while sitting with heat wrapped around me), and some mild stretching.  Not getting better so…to the doctor to see what’s going on (x-ray, maybe?).  So no painting this past week.  I can share what I’ve done before the back issue, though.

Remember when you were in school and the classroom was decorated for Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays in February?  I do.  And we made Valentine’s cards for every kid in class, had our own little cardboard mailboxes put up on the wall so kids could put cards inside the box and you could take them home.  I think that kept any kid from being embarrassed if he/she did not get a card from everyone in the class (which did happen, of course). I think I was somewhere in the middle - I got some cards but my mailbox was never full of cards.  I think this happened 1st - 4th grade and then ended.  

I also remember the whole class making cards (it was a requirement and was done in class - probably get them out of math or social studies time) when I was sick from school with the measles…and the teacher brought them all to my home for me, along with any homework I needed to do to catch up.  I think I was in 2nd grade, maybe 3rds, when this happened.  Do kids still do these kinds of things or is this just too uncool for kids now?  

Not sure why I’m thinking about these things.  Guess I’ve got too much time sitting around.  

Hope your week finds you well.

Friday, February 16, 2024


 Whenever I take a workshop/lesson online, I learn something - sometimes quite a lot.  But I love granulating colors so played with some more paintings of my own after taking the lessons from Yesim Gozukara online.  Isn’t it wonderful that we can take lessons from anyone anywhere in the world?

Wednesday, February 14, 2024


As I posted before, I took a 2-session class from Yesim Gozukara several months ago…and learned more about this wonderful technique of allowing the granulating colors to flow…

Now, my mess looks nothing like her beautiful painting did on the video, but I did it…and I will use this technique more often on other things because I am in love of granulating colors.

Here are my versions.  (Top painting was just cropped to show the part I liked…the top 2/3; and the second painting was a total redo where I went a bit crazy with the granulation at the bottom…but I still like it.)

Will definitely do more paintings and remember to grab my granulating colors and granulating medium (Winsor & Newton) on various things in the future.