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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Congelation in Progress

This image was taken with my iPhone, and I did not see the shadow I cast on the painting, plus as always, it is a bit wonky, but you should get the general idea.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oh That's Better ...

Calcination ... Progressing
I think it is less garish now, with the orange rays from the head, along with the linkage of the chakras and the yellow corona and heart chakra in 3D.

Moving Along

Calcination
The title of this painting is "Calcination", an alchemical term for spiritual aspiration heating up and expelling all extraneous materials, including attachments, complexes, and base desires.

Crazy Hippie Painting ....

Calcination in progress with mixing chart
Added green radiations, eyes and third eye, the rest of the traditional chakras, and more icky creatures being expelled. I also did the mixing chart. The colors are blue violet and its split complementaries, plus the colors to the outside of the complementary pair. It gives me quite a range to work with.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Work in Progress ...

Calcination
This is one of those times I do not know how to paint what I can envision, but I am giving it a try.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Today's Work

Patrick and Wild Horses
It was hard for me to get started today. I wanted to go back to my old pattern of making household work more important than painting. My recent intuitional guidance was that this is my job, and I should treat my chores the way I would if I had a full-time job away from home. Not the easiest thing for me to do. I am sure others who work at home understand. There is always something that needs to be done.

Studio Experiments

Glassy Acrylic Pours

Regular Gel Experiment: Golden (lower left) vs. Utrecht (upper right)
Because I was busy dealing with a family crisis (my son's motorcycle accident and subsequent surgery), I have not spent a lot of time in the studio this week.

I did do a couple of experiments. The top one was partially successful. I poured red-tinted soft gel into the heart shape, and it came out clear, bright, smooth and glassy. The pour into the outer ring was not as successful. I think I did not add enough water to the mixture, nor did I add enough color. So I have learned from this exercise.

On the blue plastic plate, I put smears of regular gel, one from Golden and one from Utrecht. I had noticed that the Utrecht gel took a long time to dry, and remained quite tacky even after it became clear. I found a sample jar of Golden Regular Gel, and used it to test the differences. Golden's gel is a bit thicker, and remains opaque in spots, but it is hard not very tacky. The Utrecht gel is still quite tacky and it has clearly not dried completely nor has it hardened.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Today's Work

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Just working on stuff. The small square one has regular gel that is turning clear, but certainly not hardened enough to paint over. The painting of Patrick is moving along a little. The painting of Christina has some quality I like. So far so good!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Radiating Heart
This is a small canvas I had colored puple in the past, and today, after delivering the paintings yesterday, I felt a little at a loss for something to work on. Some pieces I am just not sure what to do next. So I put squiggles onto this piece and it will be whatever it will be.

Green Got Out of Hand ...

Christina
I did not mean to get green onto Christina's image, but I kinda like how it looks. Another experiment!

Patrick Underpainting

Funky Weird Colors

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Patrick Painting Begins

Patrick Painting Sketch
My son Patrick loves horses and draws them with a lot of skill. He is a good guy who works hard and rides a Harley. I don't know what spiritual process I will portray with his image, but I know it will be something that shows how he lives from his heart.

Entered Jung center Show

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This is a milestone for me. I have not put a lot of my work out into the Houston art community. The Jung Center is a relatively accepting venue for my paintings, and the spiritual content of my work is in sync with their outlook.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dry to the Touch!


Maybe tomorrow I can label the back of the canvas and take it to the Jung Center! It is dry to the touch and should be relatively hard tomorrow. We shall see what we shall see.

It's a Nail Biter ...

I hope this Clear Tar Gel topcoat will be dry and hardened by tomorrow, when I was hoping to deliver it to the Jung Center for the membership show. If not, I will wait until Friday to deliver the paintings.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Finishing Touches

Dotty and Symbolic Edges

Serpentine Surround
I have the rest of this week to prepare my newer paintings for a members' show at the Jung Center. I would like to have "Garudasana" ready, but I am not sure I can get it up to speed for the deadline. Photos: Above, "Robyn Not", edges decorated and second coat of Clear Tar Gel drying. The red edge is on "To Make Gold, You Must Take Gold". These decorations have to dry and cure before I can put a shiny coat on that painting. Below, "Wild Betsy" has a wavy serpent on each edge. The bottom was done today. Once that dries and cures, I can coat this painting and the "To Make Gold ..." painting with Clear Tar Gel as well. Then that has to dry too! Then I have to wire them all for hanging.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Shinier and Shinier!







All three of these paintings are now coated with Clear Tar Gel, which was relatively easy to apply, dries clear, and intensifies the colors underneath. Top painting is on canvas. The other two are on wood panels.

Today's Work in the Studio

Better Contrast Now

Added Ferris Wheel, Painted into Eye Area

Putting Shine on Surface ... Will Dry Clear

Friday, June 05, 2015

Funny What I See When I Post!

Gel Coating on Serpent Much Clearer!

Along with the clearing gel on the serpent, I see that there is not enough contrast between the bird and the black/green background. I will work on that next. Sometimes because the naked eye sees color so well, a lack of contrast is less obvious to us.

So here is a black and white version of the same painting. I need to work on the values.



Thursday, June 04, 2015

A Big Ole Jug O' Gel

Yum!
Lately I have been trying to economize on art supplies. Utrecht offers Regular Gloss Gel in the gallon size at a considerable savings as compared to Golden Soft Gel (Gloss). It is heavier, so I will reserve the Soft Gel for mixtures that get extruded. It feels like Elmer's Glue All when I brush it onto paper.