The Paintings are the heart of this site

I want to tell you a little bit about some of the types of paintings and media I use. Everything flows from the Watercolors, India Ink, Acrylics, Pigment Markers, Mica Pigments, and more, on papers and canvas, traditional and synthetic. They make the paintings to be shown and those available. The paintings also make the jewelry to be worn in sterling silver. I have my part. The paintings are the heart of me as well, and it all comes full circle.

What kind of paints do you use?

Watercolor Paints are my primary paints. They come in tubes, pans, crystals, powders, colored pencils, and probably more things I’ve forgotten. I use the term “watercolor” for any or all types of watercolors, even gouache which is opaque, flat watercolor. I do strive to make my work as lightfast as possible, however I suggest hanging them where they are not subject to sun light.

Acrylics, like watercolors, come in a myriad of forms. Currently I am working mostly with acrylic inks, acrylic high flow pens and spray acrylics. All the acrylics dry water resistant.

India Ink and Ink Pencils come in a variety of colors, all of which are water resistant when fully dry. Pigment markers have the same qualities. Though there are many colors I use primarily the black and white.

Lightfast colored pencils are part of my arsenal. I use those that are marked for lightfastness ratings. The painting Harvest, for example, at the top of the page has lightfast colored pencil used in it .

Do you paint on canvas?

Fine 100% Cotton papers are my usual “canvas.” Papers come in a myriad of weights and quality. I choose to use slightly heavy, 100% cotton, archival papers. My favorites are Saunders Waterford and Millford. I also like Schut Noblesse. I am in the process of trying out Winsor and Newton’s new archival paper, but so far it’s not exciting me.

I also use “synthetic” papers on occasion. Those would be Yupo, which is 100% recyclable polypropylene, and Yasutomo’s Mineral Paper, which is 80% calcium carbonate bonded with plastic. Both are acid free (neutral pH).

And I do actually use canvas some lately. It’s best for heavy body acrylics though any type of the acrylics is useful on it.

As you can see, I have a number of art supplies in my toolbox, so to speak. Each piece of art or jewelry has a description that tells you which ones were used in that piece.