Thursday, August 29, 2013

Amish Laundry

Going to Amish country was like going back in time in many ways.  One of the things that really brought a smile to my face and the smell of clean, slightly damp clothes to my nostrils was seeing laundry hanging on the line.  I have not smelled that smell for more years than I can count and yet as soon as I saw a clothesline full of clean clothes my olfactory light bulb lit up like a Christmas tree.  They say that smell is the best inducer of a memory and I believe it.
I took several shot of hanging laundry and did  this painting at group yesterday.  I have done several paintings like this in the past and for some reason I really enjoy it.  I hope you do.


Thursday, August 22, 2013


After doing some more experiments from the Carol Nelson workshop I decided to put all of my paraphernalia away for awhile and go back to oils.  As much as I enjoy all the techniques I have learned I feel I need a break from all the choices and just get back to basics for awhile. 
The last thing I worked on, but have not quite finished, is a tree collage.  I used some of the red resin paper treated with the rust activator and some collage papers I had.  Originally I used the rust paper with the imprint to represent soil and some colorful collage papers as the foliage.  As I was working on it I dropped it onto the floor and saw it from a different angle. It now looked like Fall, with all the colorful leaves on the ground and the dead foliage still on the trees.  Hmmm, you decide.



Donna Vines


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amish Country

It is wonderful living in Florida but if you grew up north of the Mason Dixon Line there are certain things you miss, rolling hills, big leafy trees and farms with lots of acreage.  I got to experience all that on steroids for a few days. 
I just got back from my first trip to Lancaster, PA, the heart of Amish country.  Of course I had heard and read about the Amish and seen many photos and some movies about them and how and where they lived.  What I was not prepared for was how wonderful being immersed in the culture for a few days would be.  It was brought you back to what it must have been like without TV, cell phones, schedules that pulled you so many different ways, all away from home. 
Of course the reality of living like this is far different from spending a few idyllic days eating wonderful food, marching to a different pace and looking out over beautiful rolling hills.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Some Final Results

After all the excitement of the workshop, the shopping for products, searching for treasures, preparing of the pieces and experimenting  I do have some final works.  Here is a smattering of what I have done so far.

This is an iron oxide piece with various shapes.  I really like the way the textures add dimension to the  piece.  If you look carefully you can see the faint outline of some words.  In the corner is the remnants of a post card.  What did this all mean so long ago?

Long lost

Olio is combination of several techniques.  I used the Custom Patch to do a stencil. I poured over the stencil then added metal paint, rubbing most of it off.  I cannot seem to get away from some kind of collage on most of my pieces, this is no exception.


I have a few more pieces finished with some techniques I have not talked about yet but will be soon.  The best thing about all of this is not the pieces I have done but the ones I haven't done yet.