“Fall” from Seasons mini-series

I just wanted to show you another piece from a mini-series, “Fall”:
I decided to make a mini-series called “Seasons” after a painting I did earlier called “Primavera”:
I chose to show you this painting for the obvious reason of fall being our current season. I used some Japanese red maple seed pods and leaf that I collected some time ago, into this painting:

I wanted this piece to be glittering copper, bronze, and russet hues.
img_3842I added these raised nodules that remind me some kind of seed-forms that fall from trees to buried in the earth to rise later, in the cycle of seasons.

Stay tuned for the rest of the seasons. And have a good weekend.

“Misty Mountains”

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Below is a mixed-media painting that I’ve been working on:
This piece is acrylic and rice paper. The rice paper is collaged onto acrylic paint. You can see this in the misty clouds:

It started out with an underpainting of darker colours and textures seen through this lower left corner:
img_3759 The rice paper as well as lighter paint for the mist were applied in layers.

My signature chop from asian-themed elements in previous pieces have evolved to look more like hieroglyphics here:

I used darker paint to “stain” around the edge of the piece to give the painting more definition:
I’m kind of undecided about this piece but I enjoyed working in this particular proportional format.

“Experiments” series cont..2

Hi everybody, here’s another piece from the “Experiments” series:
In this piece I used an old watercolour snippet of a face I had lying around. I adhered it to canvas and used pouring medium over it:
After the pouring medium encased the watercolour, I used micaceous iron oxide to “shade” around the watercolour to “frame” it like a vignette along with some magenta. The magenta is then used to obscure the eyes, accentuate lips and define the outline of the head. More layers of pouring medium is applied on top with various shades of teal that remind me of bronze patina. Finally, striations of gold and silver are added to breakup the image:
imageThe black bits are fragments of micaceous iron oxide.

The piece is interesting to me because of the colour combinations and patterns. Also, the juxtaposition of the traditional-figurative against abstract motifs. The traditional elemet is a watercolour of a woman’s head, the fluid application of the magenta versus the abstract elements of rectilinear metallic lines, and even the gloss of the medium itself.

Here’s a side shot:
I’m learning quite a bit about what this pouring medium can do. And I’m finding that it is really versatile.

“Experiments” Continued…

Below is a mixed media piece in my pouring medium “Experiments” series:
This piece features wool and watercolour sticks. The hairy under layer is actually blue-black wool roving. I used it in a way that provides a gradient-look by thinning out the hairs from bottom up. I find that it complements the blue-black tint in the watercolour stick background drawing:
imageThe amber-like forms on the bottom of the canvas are translucent and you can see the hairs through them. These also emit iridescent dots of bronze and fiery copper that also fade out towards the top of the painting.

The white cloud-like forms are built up in layers to resemble porcelain. It reminds me of blue and white china:

Here’s a view from the side:
I think these micro-scapes can be something from an alien-world or ours if you look closely enough.  I hope you like it.

Another Painting from the “Experiments” Series

Here’s my latest finished piece from the “Experiments” series:
I say “finished” because I find myself working on several pieces at once. This is because I work on other pieces while some layers are drying. Anyhoo, this piece is mixed media that includes metallic thread and glass.

Here is a close up of the metallic threads:
image It’s unfortunate I was not able to show very well, the magenta reflection of the threads.

Here’s the closeup of the glass cabochon used to highlight my initial:
The blackish circles are interesting because they’re made with micaceous iron oxide. They have the texture of sandpaper, kind of like iron shavings suspended in polymer emulsion.

The background of the piece was done with black scribbles of acrylic paint. I wanted to express movement and dynamism:

Overall, I was pleased with the painting. I like the colours being strong and contrasting (black and magenta) while maintaining a softness. The softness is achieved by the thinning down of high chroma magenta variegated with alizarin crimson.

“Experiments” Series

As you know I’ve been working with pouring mediums lately. I’ve decided to group most of these paintings that share the same form factor (4″x4″ on canvas) into a series called “Experiments”. Because they are experimental in nature, these pieces primarily focus on exploring pouring medium with other media. Below is the latest one (again, please excuse the glare, they are difficult to photograph):
In this painting I incorporated glass beads. I love the look of the beads in this piece since the beads obviously lend themselves to bubbles in water.:

Some of the beads are iridescent to compliment the shifting hues when light reflects off the water when it moves:

Another fun thing was to put a flat glass piece over my initial, providing a see-through feature like a window:

Below is a shot showing the sides of the deep-edge canvas with drippage:

I have to say I really enjoy making these pieces because they are explorative and fun. I hope you enjoy them too.

Hey, Hokusai

This is a piece I did using pouring medium and pastel, it’s called “Hey, Hokusai”:
Something about it reminded me of the “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. Although the only thing in common are the waves: image somehow it reminded me of the Hokusai painting when I painted it.

The thing I like most is the background; it is composed of gesso applied thickly and pan pastel applied overtop. The gesso adds a nice texture to which the pastels can embed its pigments: image
The rustic look of the background is contrasted by the glossy, modern-looking pop of the sun:

All in all, I’m pleased with the way this one turned out since it was only an experiment. I hope you like it too.

Mixed media painting 2

Hello everyone, here’s another mixed media painting using pouring medium:

This painting is incorporates the idea of Japanese Kintsugi into it’s visual cues by way of gilded lines in the painting. I was considering the Zen, cycle of life and the beauty and acceptance of imperfection.

Zen as a Japanese phenomenon is further stressed with the imbedding of rice paper in the clouds here:
And the use of black acrylic paint to mimic calligraphic sumi ink here:

I’m happy with the way it turned out. Here are some more details:


I am still exploring different possibilities with this medium and enjoying the discoveries quite a bit.

I hope you have been enjoying the summer. For me in the Pacific Northwest, hot dry summers are such a gift.

Mixed media painting with pouring medium

Hello everyone, as you know I’ve been playing around with pouring medium. I recently made a piece that has inclusions of metallic embroidery thread below:
I don’t know if it’s really noticeable at first glance. But as you know, one of the things I like most about working with pouring medium is the ease of incorporating layers. Layers make the piece more interesting and rich by revealing visual motifs piecemeal. The more you look, the more you find. I guess that’s true for most things but with pouring medium, it’s a three-dimensional effect through transparent and or translucent medium.

Below are more close-ups:
Above you can see the embroidery thread embedded in the medium of the painting.

I’d like to mention that sometimes the pieces are hard to photograph because of the glare from the shiny surface. And that the pieces are usually better in real-life.


Here’s an update of the piece I started:


Above you can see a few details added onto the background that I had before. Organic motifs were carved out, black and white oil colour was pushed into the grooves of the carvings. Transparent glass beads were pressed into the wax. Which reminds me, another great thing about working in encaustic is that it is very accommodating in regards to mixed media; you can use collage methods as well as embedding things right into the wax. A Blue oil stick was used to smudge colour around the perimeter. A little note about oil sticks just in case you’re interested: oil sticks are oil paint in stick form so they’re drier. They only take 24hrs to dry which is really good if you want to work quickly and put on different layers.

To me, it looks like a wintry scene so far. I don’t know yet if it’s going to stay that way or not. At this point, I’ll just let it dry and breathe for a bit before the next layer goes on.

Below is a detail and a couple of different views of the piece: