Said Goodbye to Clyde This Week

Clyde was my little companion for the past 15+ years.

Yesterday, I walked to the mailbox alone for the first time in 15 years deeply feeling his absence.

Rob holding a very happy Clyde :)

Aug. 2012 – Rob holding a very happy Clyde :)

Declining health complications with no response to medicine and not a candidate for surgery led to the hard decision I made April 14th. It helped when the vet said, “You’re doing the right thing.” Clyde was a little fighter. Still had his sweet, spunky spirit and wagging tail, still wanted to patrol the property boundaries to make sure we were safe. But because of a collapsing trachea, breathing difficulties and resulting chronic cough, he couldn’t get any rest.

Why Am I Sharing This On An Art Blog?

Because there is life outside of art. And life happens.

Sometimes there is more time for art and sometimes there is less. There are seasons and transitions between seasons…and it’s all okay and there is something each season has to teach us.

I am encouraged to see spring happening in the mountains this year; white and pink dogwoods coming into bloom, leaping black calves and dancing white lambs on pastures turning green, mountains fluffing up with foliage, birds flittering and twittering all about everywhere. In all of this I see the hope and promise of all things new….

Last week someone said, “April is a hard month for you.” She knew I had lost my mom last April 9th. She would have been 91 this April 14. The day I made the difficult decision to let Clyde go.

I am currently  in an in-between soul-searching, journaling, imagining, seeking transition. It involves loss, change, letting go and moving on. How do I live out and express my art now?

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If like me, you are in a transition between seasons, I encourage you to make any necessary, hard decisions and hold on to the hope and promise of all things new.

Pros & Cons Using Citra Solv With Alcohol Inks

Loving The Effects Of Using Citra Solv with Alcohol Inks…

Dreamscape No. 538, 5x6, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 538, 5×6, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Colors Used- Adirondack Sailboat Blue, Citrus, Purple Twilight, Silver Mixative

Techniques- Initially dropped and guided inks with usual Dreamscaping Techniques. Experimented with Citra Solv toothbrush splatter into wet ink and dry ink. Also used coffee stirrer and credit card. Sky has a lot of Silver Mixative. Moon is lifted with Citra Solv and a Q-Tip.

Pros

1. Edge Quality – Citra Solv slightly thickens alcohol inks causing a variety of edges when using Dreamscaping Techniques.

2. Texture Variety – Splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush creates variety of textures. Be sure to wait a few seconds for texture to appear.

3. Lifting – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citra Solv creates natural effects.

4. Small Corrections - Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citrasolv can alter minor flaws without disturbing surrounding areas.

Cons

1. Increased Drying Time – Make sure Citra Solv skies are totally dry before dropping in Metallic Mixative suns/moons.

2. Tacky Surface – If too much Citra Solv is used, surface stays tacky to the touch. A little goes a long way.

3. Fading Issues – Have received reports from a credible source of alcohol ink artwork with Citra Solv fading. Makes me wonder if ingredients in Citra Solv contribute.

4. May Need Extra Vinyl Gloves –  The photo below shows what happened after 20-30 minutes of splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush.

I hope what I am learning will be helpful to anyone considering experimenting with Citra Solv and alcohol inks. Incredibly fun with interesting effects, but still too early to tell how well the finished paintings will hold up.

Welcome comments from others on their discoveries using Citra Solv with alcohol inks.

Creating New Effects With Citra Solv

 Last year a Citra Solv representative sent me a bottle of Citra Solv encouraging me to try it in my art. I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go.

Dreamscape No. 537, 5x5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 537, 5×5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Having fun and liking the effects using Citra Solv with Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping.

Cathy Taylor has more experience and offers Alcohol Ink and Citra Solv Workshops.

See how Cathy and other artists are using: Citra Solv Artist Site and Citra Solv Artists Gallery.

Alcohol Inks On Glass Tile Observations

Dreamscape No. 533, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 533, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Because of number of inquiries I’ve received from posting Dreamscape No. 533 on Facebook yesterday, decided to respond here.

Supplies Used:

Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Gold & Silver Mixatives, Caramel, Stream

Piñata Alcohol Ink: Blanco

Lowes 4″x 4″ Glass Tile (purchased on clearance at Lowe’s. May not be a normally stocked item. Online search shows same tile in a 3×6.)

Glass tiles are tinted. 1/4" thick with a white backing.

Glass tiles are tinted. 1/4″ thick with a white backing.

Observations

1. Transparent alcohol inks turned dark and seemed to disappear on the tinted glass tile. Incorporating Blanco and Mixatives made inks opaque and caused them to stand out.

2. Scraping back to the glass created darks instead of lights as on white ceramic tile. Also gave a sense of depth because of 1/4 tinted transparent glass. Especially visible in lower portion of image below:

Dreamscape No. 534, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 534, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Glass Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Inks used for No. 534: My favorite triad, plus, Blanco, Silver and Gold.

Still Testing

While I am loving these effects, still working this out! Some of the finished tiles have exhibited ink flaking.

Thanks for your inquires. Have fun. Please comment if you have anything to add from your own experimentation of working with alcohol inks on glass.

Interested in learning more about Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping? Check out my 4 DVDs and book:

Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Guide

Dreamscaping With Izzy

I’ve had the wonderful experience of working with Izzy on her HIgh School Senior Project. We’ve been meeting for two hours every Monday afternoon for the last several weeks.

I’ve admired Izzy’s no fear, confident approach to Dreamscaping.

We’ve discovered  different techniques needed for working on glass tiles.

I’ve loved witnessing Izzy’s joy in getting in touch with her own creativity and talent.

Moonlight Mysteries, 4x4, Alcohol Inks, Yupo © Izzy Carter

Moonlight Mysteries, 4×4, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
© Izzy Carter

We’re nearing the end of our fifteen hours together.

Izzy will be entering her first art show in April.

All the best, Izzy!

Let’s Keep Dreaming :)

 

Entering Into Lent

I took this photo of Lenten Roses last week at John C. Campbell Folk School.

I would like to say I was reflectively, meandering around with my 35mm Canon seeking and receiving nature’s gifts. Something that has always renewed and restored my spirit at a deep, core level.

But, I wasn’t. I was rushing by, my mind racing ahead of me, already on the next task at hand. It was more of a yearning tug than a low lying blur of magenta that made me stop. I hesitated, debating. Did I have time to look closer? The tug was beseeching, compelling me to turn around and go back. I knelt down and was immediately taken in. This infusing feeling of connection I experience in nature, I’ve missed it so.

The above quick photo taken with my iPhone, attempts to share the experience.

Entering into this season of Lent, I want to stop, turn around and go back.