Sunday, February 14, 2016

i am still smitten with the little tea bag paintings.  in fact,

in a few weeks i am meeting with a group of artists

who want to try them.   i have learned a few things 

about them from my daily paintings.

using watercolor without gesso gives 
a soft, old world look.  the watercolor absorbs into
the bag and once dried, the vibrancy softens.

a daily painting commitment does not allow 
one to hem and haw.  you just need to do it.

a  small palate knife and acrylic is very effective.

sometimes you can get a ghost image when painting
over another paper, especially when the paint or
watercolor is very wet.  i am going to work with it to
bring out the face.

i spent many hours yesterday looking for 
round tea bags, to no avail.  hopefully i will be 
more successful in the future.

i spent a few sunny days  in san ysidro,
along the central coast of california.  what 
a lovely little town filled with charming shops
and wineries.


happy valentine's day to all.

thank you for visiting today.  
your comments are 
welcome and appreciated.  

posting with friends at paint party friday.


  1. The woman with the big eyelashes is absolutely stunning! Love it! Did you use your gelli plate to paint the first layer? It kind of looks it on the one with the green background. If you have not tried it, do. It is cool.

    1. I did not use a gelli plate on that face but have in others. I doodled along the right side. I have only used deli printed papers for parts of the painting. Are you suggesting I collage the whole tea bag with it? I will try it. Thanks for the suggestion!.

  2. Irene these are fabulous you should have entered them in 29 faces!! I also love that black pitcher...I have an obsession with coloured glass pitchers... that is unique and stunning!!Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Love your little tea bag paintings. What beautiful photos. It looks so warm and sunny too. How I wish for some California sunshine!

  4. I particularly like the one in acrylic in the centre of the block. It is 'monumental' as they say - hard to believe it's so tiny.
    I seem to recall some fruit teas came in round bags without strings when I used to get those. You probably get a base colour from the stain too!