The Alcohol Ink Process I enjoy the lack of predictability and control inherent in the combination of alcohol ink on yupo paper. No brushwork is used in my landscape painting process. Inks are applied directly from bottle to paper, then blended and moved using plastic straws, paper towels, breeze, and gravity. My goal is to allow the ink to move and blend organically, while finding the right moment to impose myself upon it. I experience the process as a dance, and a meditation, the desired balance of give and take with the medium being a metaphor for life. I can’t imagine a more rewarding way to spend my time!
12 x 12 Canvas Series Abstract Landscapes in Alcohol Ink
Turquoise Waters Series Abstract Landscapes 5 x 7 inch landscapes for my greeting card line Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper
Cranberry Skies Series Abstract Landscapes 5 x 7 inch landscapes for my greeting card line Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper
Night Spirits Abstract Landscape Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper 5 x 18 inches
Long Lake Studies. Abstract Landscape Triptych Acrylic on Watercolor Paper SOLD 8 x 27
Long Lake, Bridgton, Maine Acrylic & Glass Bead Triptych on Canvas Board SOLD
As a child I spent many idyllic summers at my grandparents’ tiny lakefront cottage. We kids slept on the screen porch my grandfather built. Each morning I awoke in my top bunk to the sun coming up behind the trees across the lake. This painting reminds me of that view.
The process used here creates high texture and contrast by layering molding paste and glass bead gel. The paste creates deep texture, and the bead gel adds dimension and reflectivity to the piece. High flow paints applied to the glass bead layer create distinct lines and high contrast to the clouds. "Interference" acrylic, a mica based pigment, is used to add a glowing and reflective appearance to the lake. The paintings, on canvas panel, are mounted to cradled birch panels using a 3/8” foam core, raising the artwork above the panel, for an elegant presentation.