Blue Barn, acrylic

Blue Barn, 12×12 inches, acrylic

I took an image from Google Street View (in Ireland), and simplified it, leaving out a tall pole, a gate and a lot of bushes (or we would call it “brush” when I was growing up in Michigan).  The barn without windows is different from those I was familiar with, and when we put hay in the barn it was in square bales.  Still, this landscape has the “feel” of home for me and I enjoyed painting it.

I added it to my gallery on Daily Paintworks.  It can be purchased here.

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Small Grid Abstracts

I recently watched (again) a video by Jane Davies in which she adds more paint to partially decorated collage papers (papers she used for lifting paint when working on other pieces).  She then arranges some of her decorated papers under a pre-cut mat (hers was 4×4) to find pleasing designs & create small collage pieces.  You can find the video here.  And do watch others of her videos.  I am a fan of her work and her techniques, which she generously shares on her blog.   Here are the ones I made, using a 6×6 mat.  Although the papers kept sliding around under the mat, I persevered and was happy with the results.

Small Grid Abstract #1, 7×6 inches









Small Grid Abstract #2, 7×6 inches









Small Grid Abstract #3, 7 x 6 1/4 inches









Small Grid Abstract #4, 6 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches









Small Grid Abstract #5, 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Small Grid Abstract #6, 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Small Abstract Design #7, 6×6 inches

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Monotype prints

These are some of the monotype prints I created in a recent workshop given by Chick Curtis.   I learned a lot and had great fun.  I used stencils or added collage to all but the first one.  I also added some colored pencil to fine tune a couple of these.  The two days were exhausting, but worth it!

Balance, approx. 12×9 in.

Dark Tree, Shadowed, approx. 12×9 in.

Tree Glow,  approx. 12×9 in.










Raven, approx. 9×12 in.








Moon, approx. 12×9 in.

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Stained Glass Look

Abstracted by Green, Lavina Blossom, 12×9 acrylic

After making quite a few thumbnail abstracts with various Pitt pens (lines and some shading), I’ve begun to experiment with the same beginnings for larger pieces.  So far, I haven’t made preliminary drawings for the larger (mostly 9×12) pieces.  Some have turned out poorly, and some please to me.  I’ve set aside the ones I don’t care for and will start layering with paint and collage.

I like this one because it looks like stained glass. And  I enjoyed trying out different color mixes to get variations of greens.

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Mixed Media Collage: Facing Away

Facing Away, Lavina Blossom, 7×5 in. mixed media

Finally finished–after weeks and weeks of feeling this needed more.  The bit of magazine paper (silhouette of a face) was the last touch.

Do you worry about using small cutouts from magazines?  I am not concerned, since I don’t sell copies, only a single original, and parts of magazines and newspapers have been used in collage since the beginning of the twentieth century, incorporated into works by many artists.  Hannah Höch and Romare Beardsley are two that I admire most, but there are many many others.

Questions:  Are you interested in sharing a drawing a week.  I noticed today that Judith Bergerson has been doing this with a couple artists friends for 3 years now. The idea, as I understand it, is to draw whatever you like, one drawing each week, just for the love of drawing, and post or otherwise share your piece.  I love Judith Bergerson’s drawings (and paintings!) and feel inspired, but I would definitely be more likely to commit to this challenge if I had an art partner to share with.  Want to join me?  If so, please comment.  If you don’t hear from me right away, it will be because I didn’t receive your message (I think my spam guard may work a little too diligently).  If you do not get an answer, please find me on face book and message me.

Oh, and if interested in purchasing this piece, you can do so here, through Daily Paintworks.



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