Monthly Archives: March 2013

OZAD – Day 11

ozad-11-1b Auras and rounding today. The first tangle has Flux, Mooka, Tipple and Amaze. You must be astounded that I chose those ones again, yes?

ozad-11-1c For a bit of variety in the organic theme: Flux, Opus, Rain, Fescu and Tipple.

ozad-11-2 This assignment involved using a brush tip pen and shading with water. Since my pigma brush pen was waterproof, I used a bit of watercolour to do the shading. Then I had to add a bit of colour. I seem to be working with a mossy theme these days. Must be spring trying to emerge in my sketchbook.

By the way, the website is 2 days old now and I’ve been backposting a lot of stuff. At least this particular category is all caught up. I’m reminded that there are lots of adventures to post. For now though, I’m going to go sit down and sip tea. And then, maybe I’ll continue with Day 12 exercises.

OZAD – Day 10

ozad-10-1 Lessons from landscapes. I think my lesson here is that this landscape is too busy. Not enough contrast between the layers.

ozad-10-2a Punzel, Cubine and Indy-Rella for this one. I like it better but now that I’m looking at it from a distance, I think the Cubine needs something more and the shading isn’t quite right.

ozad-10-2b I think it was raining on the day I did this one. Or, quite possibly, I’m longing for moss.

OZAD – Day 9

Woohoooo! Shinies!

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I have to say that I enjoyed this one bunches. I went digging through all the old pencil crayon boxes and tested all the whites and bright colours on black paper. And then I dug through the pens drawers and found all the Gel pens that would show up on black. Then it was playtime. I tested everything on both cardstock and black Canson Pastel paper (98 lb).

ozad-9-1a Between the Crayola, Laurentian and Prismacolor pencil crayons, the Prismacolor wins hands down on both paper types. I haven’t scanned the tests for the coloured pencils but Prismacolor showed up much better than the other types. The bright colours were vivid on black and many of the darker colours were quite visible. For the pens, the Sakura Jelly Roll in white and metallic both show really well. The Sakura Jelly Roll Star pens often didn’t show much colour but they did leave a very nice sparkle behind. The Sky Star and Marine Star seemed to have the nicest effects on black. Although it’s hard to see in these scans, it looks very nice on paper.

ozad-9-1b I also tried a Pentel Sunburst white pen with a medium tip. It produces a much finer line than the Jelly Roll which is going to be very useful even though the white isn’t as solid. It works well on the rough pastel paper but on smooth card stock it skips too much to be useful.


ozad-9-2a After playing with various implements for a while, I got around to doing a few tangles. The monotangle of Pardox is one I often do in classrooms with kids who are waiting for the next step of an art project. It’s easy to learn and the kids always have success with it, even if they struggle to understand the method in the beginning. How can you not have success with such an elegant little doodle?

ozad-9-2b Then, after all those straight lines, I had to do a tangle with organic shapes. Looking at a scan of a tile works sort of like stepping away to get a better view. Now that I’m looking at this tile on the screen, I think I need to carry the Fescu further across to the right.

Looking forward to some free time to play with the other coloured metallics and sparkles.

OZAD – Day 8


First, Chapter 2 intro assignment. The tonal value study was much harder than it looked. When I finished all the patterns on the squares, cut them apart and rearranged them I discovered that I had clusters of tones rather than a nice transition from light to dark. Sooooo… tangleations of some of them to adjust the tone a bit. I suppose I could have continued adjusting the values with some shading but I wanted to leave them unshaded. End result was that there was an improved gradient that still had clusters. I may well repeat this exercise in the future.

ozad-8-2 Day 8 assignment – from flat to 3-D in twenty minutes. Isn’t that what we all wished for when we were 13 years old? Not sure if this is an Easter egg or Christmas decoration.

OZAD – Day 7

ozad-7a The day 7 assignment was to create tangleations of some of the patterns we had already used in the book. I’m not posting the sketchbook exercises, just the two ATC sized tangles that were assigned. Once again, I’m using Hollibaugh. First a tangleation of of Hollibaugh and Crescent Moon. Seems a bit busy to me and the depth somehow isn’t quite right.

ozad-7b I liked Beckah’s example in the book and changed it up a bit for the second tangle. Hollibaugh as a net to support Flux with a dark background of Amaze underneath. These patterns all speak to me and I think the combination works well.

OZAD – Day 6


Some of my favourites in today’s assignment on one stroke patterns. I love the organic leafiness of Mooka and Flux. Amaze calls to my mind the Mola embroidery of the Kuna Indians of the san Blas Islands off the eastern coast of Panama. This has quickly become one of my favourite fill patterns.


On the second tile, I used Amaze behind the other patterns without letting it touch the pattern above. You can decide which direction is up for this tile. I haven’t a clue.


I’m following orders again. Yes, it’s hard to believe. But, I assure you, it’s absolutely true. I was told to share ZIA with people who aren’t conveniently near my portfolio to flip through. This is a watercolour wash on Arches 140 lb cold press paper with Sakura micron pen tangled on top.


(You who shall not be named… does this satisfy your demands?) There is also a small selection of a few of my favourites here just in case one wasn’t enough. I may add more in the future. If I receive more orders, I might decide to follow them. It could happen.

Aubergines and Thai Curry

Interesting painting class a couple weeks ago. One of my partners in splattering paint about brought in a photo from an unmentionable magazine. My first thought was “I need to buy eggplant to roast for the Thai Green Curry Chicken.” My second thought was “We’re not really going to paint eggplants, are we?” Guess what?


There you have it. (There are a bunch of my older paintings published here now if you’re interested. If you’re not, skip the link.)











We also had roasted eggplant in our curry. Yum. Sandra… this is for you:

Thai Green Curry Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breast or any other boneless chicken parts you like, cut into small bites
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 jar Thai Kitchen Green Curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk (not light… go for the full fat and try to get one without added thickeners)
  • 1 red pepper (or 2), sliced into thin strips (but not too thin)
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1 inch chunks and roasted (toss with coconut oil, roast at 350F for about 40 minutes)
  • 1 chayote squash, cut into thin, bitesize pieces (this is optional but it’s delicious)

Melt coconut oil and saute onions and garlic until just translucent. Add chicken and curry paste and saute until the chicken is cooked through. Add the coconut milk, turn down to low and heat gently until just simmering. Add the red pepper, chayote and eggplant. Continue to simmer just until the veggies are hot. Don’t overcook now or you’ll lose the beautiful texture of the veggies. Serve in a bowl with a generous ladle of the coconut sauce and eat as though it were soup or ladle it over steamed rice.


OZAD – Day 5

I’ve used a pattern similar to Isochor before but there were some spaces between the “sausages.” I think it’s called Indy Rella but I’m not positive. This was another one that I found challenging in that the parallel lines really required concentration to keep them from getting wonky and sloppy.

ozad-5-1a Printemps I love. Something about circles and spirals just speaks to me. This is the Printemps sample I did before I combined the two. I was very pleasantly surprised by the spring dancer that emerged from the very simple string.





ozad-5-1b I’m undecided on whether I like these two beside each other like this. Oops… forgot the sparkles on the Printemps, too. Still having issues with the scanner not capturing the shadows as they appear on the paper. I’d be grateful for advice from any scanning gurus out there.

OZAD – Day 4

ozad-4-1b In the words of my 14 year old son… “meh.” There’s no law that says we have to like them all.

ozad-4-1a I think I did this one in the school library while I was waiting for the lunch club to start. There were a lot of hearts being drawn and coloured and then framed on bright card stock that day. You can see a few of the tiles that the kids made into Valentine’s for their parents here.

ozad-4-2 This was the exercise in shading the “same” piece from different directions. Oddly, the first direction was easier to shade than the second. Explain that, please?