Dictionary Duo

Illustration detail on "Circumvent Clamor"


Hello folks! For the past week, I’ve been working on two large nightscapes that are probably going to take me a month or so. I also put up over 20 mixed media abstracts at DEEDA Salon for display/sale out here in Sacramento. In the interim, I’m mixing it up with some more small-format work. Working on these pieces, I discovered definitively that a year’s worth of daily art made my tiny brushstrokes steadier. 🙂


Illustration detail for "Bellman Benediction"


Here are two paintings on 5″x7″ canvii {I’m working on getting the plural of canvases changed to canvii in the common vernacular. Make a note of it.} utilizing vintage dictionary pages, ink and acrylic paint. These sleepy hillsides are based on San Francisco, but I did conjure them from memory as opposed to sitting down with photographic references.

“Bellman Benediction” features rows of townhouses next to a step street and tree-covered hill. It’s finished with a gold “frame”.


"Bellman Benediction", a mini painting


“Circumvent Clamor” shows the top of a house-covered hillside across the gray bay from what is Angel Island in my mind. Of course, if that’s the case, there should probably be a Golden Gate bridge in there somewhere, but you know how it is with the fog- you can’t always see the damn  bridge even when you’re on it. 😉 This one is finished off with a silver “frame”.


"Circumvent Clamor", a mini painting

It occurred to me as I was working on these that they are reminiscent of manuscript illustrations in a way. It’s funny how I could make so many of these and just now see that connection. I’ll be listing these in my online shop soon. Hope you’re having a great weekend!


4 thoughts on “Dictionary Duo

  1. Jaclyn says:

    These do remind me of the manuscripts we saw in our whirlwind run through the Getty! I still can’t believe that woman touched the Van Gogh.


  2. hey congrats on having work at Deeda Salon! And for the record, I dig the funky music on their site—It made me feel like I was at a dance party. And congrats on having more steady brushstrokes after 1 year of painting like mad. Now that is an accomplishment! Beautiful paintings, as always!


  3. hi i cant find it.. but i saw a tutorial you did once and it was on a canvas, with cut outs of lines in a book with ACRYLIC MATTE MEDIUM.. i was wondering if there was an alternate to making the pictures stick on paper other than this because in the country im living in doesnt have such a matterial… >O< S.O.S


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