Sharing Secrets

I love to watch artists working whether it’s in real life or videos on Instagram or You Tube. I find it addicting to see their vision gradually come to life before my eyes. So, I thought it would be fun to share some videos of how my work develops.

In these two videos you will see one of my favorite ways of beginning new paintings, especially painting on wooden boards. It’s time-consuming so I’ve speeded up the videos, but the effort is so worthwhile for all the added depth and interest it creates.

I love to use vintage papers for my collage that I find at flea markets and antique malls. I bought some on Etsy that came from a vintage shop in Paris and I raided our family history for meaningful documents. I have several copies of my mother-in-law’s passport documenting her escape from the Nazi’s during the Second World War.

I love to use maps for their inherent connection to travel, exploring and adventure. I also use old book pages from falling-apart-at-the-seams children’s stories and poetry books, old dress-making patterns, sheet music and papers I have made myself.

Using meaningful documents in my base layers establishes an immediate initial connection with the painting for me.

I don’t worry about getting some bubbles in my collage – I can deal with that later – but I do try to get it reasonably flat and then leave it to dry completely, preferably overnight. Then I mix some neutral paint colors in whites and creams and begin covering it up. The different tones and hues again create depth.

Once that layer is completely dry I’ll sand some areas back to reveal texture and underlayers.

If I’m happy with the result I will move onto the next stage of the painting otherwise I’ll continue to collage, paint and sand back until I am satisfied.

I’ll keep filming as I work on these paintings and post a follow-up soon so you can see how they turn out.

I hope you enjoy watching. It’s been interesting figuring out how to get everything set up and posted but I’m learning new things all the time (including Adobe Illustrator by the way, but that’s another story for another time!)

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2 thoughts on “Sharing Secrets”

  1. I love your writing. It’s so honest and Present. We (my wife and I) love the mountains of WNC as well. We like to stay at a place called Lake Junaluska near Maggie Valley. Maggie Valley and Waynesville are full of wonderful shops with treasure troves of local art work. Are you familiar with Blue Owl Studio & Gallery in Waynesville. Penny Wagner is the Artist/Owner ( It’s a delightful shop. Our favorite place to shop for home decor, souvenirs and gifts is Cabbage Rose on the main highway (19) going through Maggie Valley heading toward Cherokee. If you’ve never been there you should go. The two owners are genius in the way they find their merchandise and decorate their shop with it. These are simply places we love to visit when we’re in WNC, which age and infirmity is beginning to limit.

    1. Hi Robert! Thanks for your lovely suggestions. I visited Maggie Valley years ago and loved it. I don’t remember now the places we visited but you make me want to get there again soon! Love the mountains and all their quaint little towns!

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