Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016-07-14 small grey cat

2016-07-14 small grey cat makes another appearance
digital art (Krita)
I decided to consolidate and relocate entirely to my website, margaretmlin.com, so this Blogspot blog is now archived.  Thanks for visiting me here, and feel free to stop by my website :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016-07-12 Sun Moon Lake -1

12 July 2016 - Sun Moon Lake National Park, Taiwan
11" x 14", gouache on hot press watercolor paper

Saturday, July 9, 2016

2016-07-09 landscape

9 July 2016 - based on view of Washington Park, Denver, Colorado
8" x 10", gouache on hot press watercolor paper
I wanted to do something with lots of colors.  I did other versions of this a handful of years ago (posted 8 October 2012 and 25 October 2011).

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016-07-08 small grey cat

8 July 2016 - small grey cat
digital art (Krita)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016-06-30 landscape

30 June 2016 - based on view of Errol Heights City Park, Portland, Oregon
11" x 14", gouache on unstretched canvas

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016-06-25 Small Grey Cat

25 June 2016 - the Small Grey Cat makes an appearance.  We miss you, Mookie :(
digital art (Krita)
I created this for my website, margaretmlin.com, which I'm in the process of building.  Sure makes me miss our small grey cat, though.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016-06-23 landscape

23 June 2016 - based on view of Errol Heights City Park, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016-06-15 landscape

15 June 2016 - based on view of Kelly Point Park, Portland, Oregon
8" x 10", gouache on Arches Oil Paper (since I'd purchased this as part of my now on-hold water miscible oil experiment, I thought I'd try it with gouache.  Seemed to work out.)
With the gouache paintings, I'm scaling back down to 8" x 10" and 11" x 14" due to paint consumption and ease-of-framing considerations.  And storage space.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016-06-14 landscape (another for June Virtual Paintout)

14 June 2016 - Silverado Trail S, St Helena, California (2)
11" x 14", gouache on unstretched canvas
 Here's another for Bill Guffey's June Virtual Paintout.  I think I'll stick with gouache paints for now and shelf the water miscible oils.  I find gouache easier to work with than the oils, but more persnickety compared to acrylics.  Over all I'm finding that they do what I want them to.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016-06-05-2 landscape

5 June 2016 - very, very loosely based on view near Errol Heights City Park, Portland, Oregon.  Enormous liberties taken.
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

2016-06-05 landscape (version two)

5 June 2016 - based on view of Sellwood Park, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
Version one is in the post before this one.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016-06-02

2 June 2016 - based on view of Sellwood Park, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper
I found an interesting discussion on the longevity of acrylic paints on James Gurney's Gurney Journey, a topic I briefly brought up a few posts ago; he also cites the Scientific American article (also summarizing it very nicely).

More interesting were comments by Mark Golden, co-founder of Golden Acrylics, who certainly has a stake in defending the medium :)  He asserted that controversy regarding acrylic paints is unwarranted and has recurred periodically since their inception.  His point was that conservation of acrylic paintings is different, not more difficult, than other mediums, and each medium has its own challenges.

In the meantime, in efforts to try and cut down some on my use of plastic (a hit-and-miss endeavor, for sure), I'm still interested in transitioning to other mediums.  I may do more with gouache, which I used largely before switching to acrylics some years ago.

I switched to acrylics because of gouache's fragility and its reactivation property, in my mind more a pain than an asset.

I'm still experimenting with water miscible oil paints but finding I'm not so fond of how poorly they thin and clean up.

I guess every paint medium has its pluses and minuses.  The same can be said about pretty much every arty product... and life in general :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016-05-20 Virtual Paintout (May - Maine) - 2nd painting

20 May 2016 - Mud Creek Road, Lamoine, Maine
12" x 16", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
Here's another for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  Going for a more somber vibe.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016-05-19 Virtual Paintout (May 2016 - Maine)

19 May 2016 -  Stockton Springs, Maine
14" x 18", water miscible oil on unstretched canvas
This is for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  I ordered a couple more colors of water miscible oil paints,  but in the meantime settled on my current pickin's, which don't seem to mix very well at all.  I was channeling Gabriele Munter a little for this one.

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016-05-16

16 May 2016 - floral abstraction
16" x 12", water miscible oils on hot press cotton paper

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016-05-12

12 May 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas
I went back to acrylics for this one after my experiment with water miscible oil paints, falling back on the familiar (though thanks very much for the encouragement, Steven :).  It's the same view as the one I did in gouache in April, a couple of posts ago.

Friday, May 6, 2016

2016-05-06

6 May 2016 - based on view of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
14" x 18", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
I gave water miscible oils a try.

It may be the fault of my very limited palette or my limited technique, but I wasn't impressed with the performance of the paints in terms of pigmentation and mixability.  I tried Holbein Duo Aqua Water-Soluble Oils.  Feel free to weigh in on this truly exciting topic :)

I'm not sure if I'll continue to soldier on with these paints or try another medium... or go back to acrylics.  I've also been curious about casein paints, but of course that means doling out more $$$ to indulge, so we'll see.

I was inspired to try a different paint medium after reading an article in Scientific American about how plastic-based art and artifacts in museums are beginning to show deterioration 40-50 years out, including an acrylic Andy Warhol painting.  Not that I am generating museum-quality art :) but I like to think that I can look at my intact paintings forty years from now rather than wade through a pile of plastic dust.

I also started ruminating over the environmental impact of adding acrylic paint debris into the ecosystem every time I paint.

This riveting drama is to be continued... till the next exciting installment...


Friday, April 29, 2016

2016-04-29

29 April 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
7" x 10", gouache on cold press watercolor paper

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016-04-26

26 April 2016 - a lovely spring day
digital art (Krita)

Friday, April 15, 2016

2016-04-15

15 April 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas

Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016-06-07

7 April 2016
digital art (Krita)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2016-04-06

6 April 2016 - based on view of Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland, Oregon
14" x 18", acrylic on unstretched canvas

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016-03-30 Virtual Paintout

30 March 2016 - based on Google Maps streetview, Water St, North Arm Cove, New South Wales, Australia
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas
Thought I'd participate in Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout this month.  It's been a while since I have.  It's good to see that it's still up and running, and there's a lot of cool submissions.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016-03-23 Portland, Oregon

23 March 2016 - based on a view of Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2016-03-15 Portland, Oregon

15 March 2016 - based on view of International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas
I had to pack up my make-shift painting studio for quite a number of months due to the chaos of our ongoing home renovation, but recently have been able to set it up again and paint an actual painting.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2016-02-28 Portland, Oregon

28 February 2016 - Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Portland, Oregon
digital art (Krita)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2016-02-24 just outside Bruges, Belgium

24 February 2016 - outside Bruges, Belgium
digital art (Krita)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2016-02-23

23 February 2016 - signs of spring!
digital art
This one was done with Krita software.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

An Autumn Adventure with Nigel

Official unveiling!  I've completed my story about a little girl and her German shepherd dog, Nigel.

I'm also posting this on my Facebook account.

I will try and make it available in Kindle format on Amazon.com if I can figure out the process, so on the off chance that anyone would like to own it in Kindle format, it can be purchased.  I'll let you know if I manage to "publish" it.

UPDATE (10 February 2016): I've officially "published" it as a Kindle e-book on Amazon.com.  The link is :http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BKZBEIU.

An Autumn Adventure with Nigel

It's a rather brisk autumn day, perfect for reading a book.

Nigel, though, lets me know it's time for a walk.

Nigel wants to investigate a cat.

The cat wisely decides he'd rather not stay.

Which way today, Nigel, the cemetery or the river?

While in the cemetery, I discover a clue to a mystery (it's not the squirrel).

We follow footprints.

The footsteps just seem to go back to the neighborhood.  What's next?

We head back home to do some research.

We uncover some important information!

Nigel and I set out again.  This time, we see our destination, far off in the distance.

The chase is on!

We arrive!

We do some snooping.

Success!  The treasure is ours (Nigel's, that is).

We see a boy doing some tricks on his skateboard.  He's pretty good.

Oh, no!  Disaster!

The boy saves the day!

Nigel thanks the boy for rescuing his ball.

It's time to head home.  Good-bye!

Now it's time for a nap.  The End.