Sunday, November 5, 2017

Lemons Redoux

This week I was in a collage frame of mind.  I wanted to start using some of the wonderful papers I have been hoarding but to start off slowly because it has been awhile.  Going through completed, started, half done and never to be finished projects I  found this great little photo of a painting I had done of lemons.  What would it be like to have an oil painting, a photo and a collage of the same subject??? Well here are the results.
The top is the completed collage, then a detail and lastly the collage with the photo on top.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

alcohol inks

I love experimenting with other mediums besides oils.  I usually try collaging or even pourings using acrylics but I have discovered something new alcohol inks.  I know these are not new but they are to me and I have been enjoying them for a few weeks now.
I am mostly using tiles and yupo paper right now.  I tried photo paper but did not have as much luck.  I feel like they really need a smooth surface even with the flow medium.  I did a few tiles that I liked using the same color combinations.

On this one I tried stamping the tile after the ink was partially dry.  It was semi successful but I need a lot more practice.

With this tile I used flow medium and let the ink move around while I moved the tile in different directions.  I also used a lot of spray alcohol to make the small spots.

With this tile I tried putting alcohol on the tile and adding inks to an area at a time.  This one reminds me of a landscape with a sky, trees and a lake. 

This is a lot of fun and very relaxing.  It allows you to let loose in a creative way.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Work in Progress

There are all kinds of ways to approach a painting.  Many artists paint large pieces over long periods of time.  Some smaller pieces that can be painted in less than an day or even hours.  I am the kind of painter that likes to finish a piece as soon as possible, I am impatient and can't seem to focus on one subject for long periods.  I can do series of paintings on the same subject but not the same piece, hmmm.  I don't know what that says about me but that is just how it is.
This is a painting I did in a workshop and took me awhile to finish it.  I really like the detail and results of this painting and would love to do some bigger pieces like this again but I think I need to be in a structured setting to do it.

Donna Vines

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pears ala Cezanne

There is nothing like pure color to get you out of a funk when you are a painter.  I have been playing around with alcohol inks lately and doing a lot of abstract which is all color.  I have been enjoying it but I wanted to do a quick little oil with some definite shape but still mostly color.  I immediately thought of Cezanne and how much I love his work. 
One photo is the finished piece and the other shows the photo I was working from.
Here is a little 5x7 homage to Cezanne.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Beginnings

Recently my niece had her long awaited first baby, a little boy named Josiah.  I wanted to make something for his room that she would like and he would like looking at as he got older.  I did this little collage of a ewe and her lamb.  To me they symbolized new beginnings in the sweetest way. Here is to new beginnings.

New Beginnings

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wallace Nutting

Most people don't know who Wallace Nutting is.  Unless you are exposed to his photographs or love historical furniture his name is not well known.  I came across his unique art form when I was thumbing through a box of old photographs and postcards. They were quite old, before the era of color photography yet they were so colorful, they almost looked otherworldly.  Most were just blank but a few had the signature Wallace Nutting on them. After doing a little research I discovered that he was a pioneer of hand colored photography.
He was a minister who retired in his early 40's because of ill health.  He had two hobbies, photography and bicycling.  He combined the two, taking many photographs of the New England countryside.  He hand colored them to make them more interesting using oil paints, solvents, small brushes and solvents.  They became so popular at his peak he had 200 "colorists" working for him.
I used his method to do some hand colored photos on my own.  It is a long time consuming process but the end result can be really special.
This is one of my favorites.  If you zoom in you can see where the color is applied.
Below is Sunset in Rockport NFS


Pretty Things
5x7 photo in museum quality 8x10 mat

Saturday, July 22, 2017


This 10x10 collage of found objects was done after a course I took with Carol Nelson.  Not only is Carol a talented painter but she is a great teacher and experimenter. 
This is not so much an example of Carol's art but my interpretation of her technique using found objects I liked.
Please visit Carol Nelson's website and enjoy.