Friday, May 18, 2012


Adding some Asian Flavor to the mix... 8x10 oil on canvasboard, Available at $40 each, $5 shipping. 
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Long Life and the Antique Chair. Oil on Decorative paper and canvasboard

Turquoise and Olive

Guardian of the Clementines

Winebearer - Oil on Decorative paper on Canvasboard

Little Musician - Oil on Decorative paper on Canvasboard

Fuschias on Aqua Glitter

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Wild and The Refined

I've had the happy opportunity to paint Plein-Air with Diana Moses Botkin as well as Aaron C Johnson. It's been a great week. I am thrilled to paint along side these talented artists. I'll post the results of my outdoor adventures soon, but until then, enjoy these 8x10s. Oil on Canvasboard, Unframed. Available at $40 each, $5 shipping.

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Forest Funghi
Palouse Tree - the Way to Uniontown, WA
In the Shade, Meridian Park, Seattle
Stone Lantern, Kubota Garden, Seattle

 And please visit Diana's and Aaron's websites! Diana's website: Aaron's website:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Adding Pattern to a Stretched Canvas

I love pattern. All kinds of pattern, the crazier and louder the better. Maybe it's my Indonesian heritage, but whatever it is, pattern just makes me happy. So, for the upcoming "60s Retro-Inspired" piece for the Palouse Women Artists group - due this Sunday - I found this happy floral pattern on a chocolate brown ground. Groovy.
Gather ye materials: 1 pre-stretched canvas (this one is 12"x12" gallery wrapped), a "fat quarter of cotton fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Liquitex Matte Medium.
Pull out your handy travel iron and ironing board. Note that I don't iron my clothes, but I can't have creases in my art fabrics. I ironed the reverse side of the fabric, though it probably doesn't make a huge difference with cotton.
Now that the fabric is nice and wrinkle free, I brushed a generous layer of matte medium on the canvas. It's already pre-primed with acrylic gesso, so the medium is just used as a glue to adhere the fabric. Try not to leave large ridges of medium. Flip canvas face down onto back of cotton fabric.
Gently flip the whole piece back over, and smooth out the fabric,removing any wrinkles and adjusting, smoothing out any possible air bubbles. Once the face is covered and smooth, brush matte medium on the sides and with the same gentle pressure, adhere the fabric to the edges. You will have to do trim any excess and make corner folds to make it look nice and clean. Good presentation and craftsmanship is a must.
And after a little more fussing and fabric trimming, voila - your finished piece. Since I am planning to paint on top of this I sealed the entire piece with two coats of matte medium.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Outside & Inside

With Spring in full swing and Summer close behind - the lure of painting outdoors and recuperating inside afterwards. Oil on Canvasboard, 8"x10", unframed. $40 plus $5 shipping. To purchase contact me:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Flowers, Fruit & Funghi

Happy Spring! Put a little color on your walls - Oil on CanvasBoard, Unframed. $40 each plus $5 shipping. To purchase contact me:
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