Oh, Masa! Again

Standing Woman
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7×5″ 

This quick study really shows how masa paper keeps the watercolor from spreading uncontrollably. The color spread is limited and the transtions between areas of different color is gradual. This the definition of a soft edge. Also the layers of color are apparent in the background. That’s something that can not be done on wet rag paper.

T F m
June 30, 2009

Yellow Shirt

Self-Portrait (Mirror)
Acrylic on Canvas, 60×48″

The self-portraits in the last posts and this one were all painted to acknowledge the studio. I wanted to declare my seriousness as an artist. It has been my experience that it is difficult for me, as a women, to convince whatever art authority that I am a serious professional. I have also acknowledged the mirror into which I looked to create this painting. You can see the bevel.

T F m
June 29, 2009

Oh! Masa!

Seated Woman
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 5×7.5″

This piece shows some of the beautiful granulating textures masa paper provides. Masa paper is an oriental paper used for printmaking, watercolor, or calligraphy. Each side has a different surface quality: one side fuzzy, one side smooth and shiny. It is thin and appears flimsy but it is very strong and difficult to tear.

The fuzzy surface quality and limited absorbancy of the paper makes watercolor behave differently on wet masa than on wet rag paper. The fuzziness tends to trap the color and prevents it from diffusing uncontrollably across the wet surface. This characteristic gives you a control that is not available with wet rag paper. It also provides soft edges and atmospheric effects and allows the layering of one color over another on the wet surface without them flowing together into mud.

You can see that at the transition between the background colors of this little painting and the granular texture that results. Can you tell I like it? I really, really like it!

T F m
June 29, 2009

Keep it Real

Watercolor on Rag Paper, 7×10″

This woman is not the ordinary model people expect. She is large. I have posted some image of heavy women before but have never explained them.  I really object to the media driven concept of beauty and obsession with youth. I also object to the premature sexualization of little girls. To be veiwed only as an appearance and to be judged based upon sterotypically narrow standards that are always changing (fashion), is harmful not only to those who do not conform but to those who briefly conform. Those who do not conform are under a constant barrage criticism and ridicule. Those who do conform will grow older or their “type” will go out of fashion.

T F m
June 28, 2009

In the Studio

Bill in the Studio
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 10×7″


This was done in my studio. This man is not a professional model. I think it can be seen in his pose. He is a little tense and the pose is a little defensive. He is a perfectly nice man but a little uncomfortable with modeling. He does, however, like being part of the artistic process.


T F m
June 28, 2009

Picture in Picture

Watercolor on Rag Paper, 12×9″ SOLD


I did this piece as an observation on our attitudes towards nature. We go out to the countryside and think, “Ah, nature!” but in actuality what we experience has been vastly altered by artificial selection over the last 8,000 years. The tulips in our gardens originated in Persia and most of the rest of blooming plants we enjoy are from a single region of China.

Just as a reminder that we have meddled with nature a great deal for good and ill, I depicted an indigenous blooming plant, the trillium, with a highly domesticated, imported plant. I also wanted the viewer to have to discover that I had two images by keeping the boundaries between the images less distinct.

T F m
June 26, 2009

Studio Still Life

Still Life in the Studio
Watercolor on Rag Paper
12×16″, $125.00


This had to be done quickly as the eggplant, mushrooms and bananas were the real thing and it was was a hot summer day. I bought them from an Asian market that was around the corner from my studio. I also thought to place some of my artist’s tools to acknowledge my occupation and the location.

T F m
June 25, 2009

Rosie Cheeks

Rosie Cheeks in the Mirror
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 7.5×10″


T F m
June 23, 2009


Self-Portrait With Dolls and Vessels
Acrylic on Canvas
Diptych: Left 36×48″, Right 36×48″

T F m
June 22, 2009

Love Stripes

Fruit and Stripes
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 14×16″


T F m
June 22, 2009