Balance 104
The fourth in my Shadow Cairn series sporting a chine colle moon and a yarn strand printed at the base of the stack.  The chine colle moon is a white Japanese paper with long fibers that is very light weight and translucent that has been attached with Nori paste and run thru the printing press...that moon had better stay on! Flick paint incorporates it into the scene. Love the salt effect on the wet acrylic paint..that's what makes all those great white star like marks. Printing techniques and watercolor techniques with acrylic paints and my abstracted rock cairns...great crossover ideas!

   I'm going to continue to work with these cairns in my intaglio printing project and on big paper with large splatters. Lots more to come in this series.  The first one on the block is Balance 103 which will be auctioned off at the Stanwood Camano Rotary Club's fundraiser on March 24th.


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Cairn Shadows...a new series


Balance 102
Cairns from Kalaoch...I've been posting photos for some time now so you probably guessed I really love the shapes. Actually, I love everything about them.....shape, meaning, texture, form...I can even hear the waves breaking in the background.

I love the idea of a cairn as a trailmarker for adventurers and explorers.  They are monuments/trailmarkers made by hikers, hunters ( both primative and modern). We made several while in Peru when we hit the highest elevations when moving from one area to the next.  I've seen them on tops of mountains where hikers just wanted to say "I made it!"  I love making them myself..especially with these wonderful flat stones we found on the coast.

In this new series I am using watercolor paper, acrylic paints, yarns, and acylic mediums but..watercolor techniques along with some printmaking.  They are very different than my 3" deep canvases. My focus is to use a very  loose technique in the background with just the shadows of the stones creating the images in the foreground.  I love the backgrounds!!! It was hard to paint over them. I have four almost done...this is the second one..that's why the 102.  It's all about cairn building and in life!! I love that idea as well.

This series will incorporate new techniques that I really am having a blast with, and an idea about life that I truly believe in!  More on the way!!



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these look like g-d painted over a brilliant rendition of reality.. life but brighter.. with artisssstic intervention!
-- K Dueringer, 2/8/12

Finding a Quiet Haven


Quiet Haven
The Skin Care Lounge is having a Ladies Night Out on Feb 9th in Stanwood from 6 until 8.  I'll be there to talk about my art and process.  The interior of the shop really shows off my work, and I am excited to be partnering with this business for the next two months.

 Please call to get on the reservation list..there is a $10 charge but you get wine, goodies, and chances at prizes.  There will be stations set up around the lounge so you can see, try, and learn about the many products and services they offer.

See you there.... 360-629-8900

Skin Care Lounge

7206 267th Street NW

Stanwood, WA..(across from Bartell's on the hill)


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-- Abstract Painting, 3/17/12

Monotype..layering on


pear monotype
My first monotype!! It is so much more difficult than I had imagined as I don't think backwards..hey, I barely think forwards anymore! is gobs of fun...and such a surprise when you pull the print and it looks cool but you had no idea it was going to look like that! My goal?  To know what it is going to look like before I pull the paper from the plate.

Mixing the inks is very up the mess afterwards is not!! They are oil based and make a very big mess.  It has been taking me twice as long to do each step than I had anticipated.  So..long hours in the lab working with the press.  I pick a time when no one else is there, and it is calm and quiet.  Working during the class was total chaos for me...made lots of oopsies!!

I've got a martini design and a chicken one in the works....also working on big paper with watercolor effects and lot of loose images!! New work coming up!!


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I love the freshness of the work and the colors you chose.. makes my spirit feel light; like Spring is right around the corner!
-- K Dueringer, 2/8/12

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