"Enter the Hive" - mixed media on mat board, 12" x 8". Available here and at Artfinder.
I am playing with small pieces this week in the studio, letting the surface speak and the colors play together. I am still fascinated by what paint does on mat board, and have raced through my stack of boards in a short time while experimenting with various medium. Watercolor, acrylics, inks, pigments and oils all do something just a bit different on mat board. This piece (left), was inspired by the bee swarm in and around our house this week. So many bees through such a tiny opening. And they manage to go it without damaging their delicate little bodies and wings.
The folks at the Vatican could learn a thing or two about pushing many tourist bodies through a small opening by observing the bees.
"Simple Cypress" - mixed media on mat board, 12" x 12". Available here and at Artfinder.
More on mat board. This one using gesso, acrylics, a spray bottle, charcoal and colored pencils. The silhouettes of cypress trees throughout Italy have me a bit enamored right now. They manage to make every landscape look a little more elegant. Imagine your own house with a couple of giant cement lions and a driveway lined with cypress trees...ok, unless your driveway is 4 feet long and you have a fear of lions.
Here is some information about Italian cypress trees from a gardening center post, which describes them as "A Tall, Dark Italian." All the single ladies, you can have all the tall, dark Italians you want, planted in your own yard.
"Wash Away Your Troubles" - acrylic on aluminum panel, 6" x 4". Available here and at Artfinder.
A piece of tiny art on my favorite substrate - aluminum panel. This was created with the leftover bits of paint on my palette over several weeks - a little here and there, smudged and dabbed and scraped. It's tiny, but mighty. Drop it into a floater frame (attach with velcro) and you have instant wow for that one little spot in the house that doesn't already have art. :)
(shhhhh - floater frames and velcro are a super secret framing solution)