Makin’ Donuts

February 25, 2013 § 2 Comments

4 am and I’m painting sprinkles in the moonlight. Thursday I hang a show of new Gouache & Ink resist paintings at Blackbird Bakery.

on the table: "With Sprinkles" 13 x 13 inches Gouache & Ink resist on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper

on the table: “With Sprinkles” 13 x 13 inches Gouache & Ink resist on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper

This technique involves Gouache (“goo-wash”), waterproof ink and the kitchen sink. It was the subject of my workshop a couple weeks ago – which went well, by the way. Thanks for all your cheers and especially The Workshoppers Six!

Here’s a little sneak peek of  “With Sprinkles”, the fourth of what I hoped would be a collection of ten paintings for the month of March. But I’ll be lucky to have five in the show. Like my longings for chocolatey lovelies, my creative vision is often much bigger than my physical capabilities. (Day 56 Sugar-Free)

Have a sweet week! – Pierr

"With Sprinkles" © Pierr Morgan 2013 - gouache & ink resist - 13 x 13 inches

“With Sprinkles” © Pierr Morgan 2013 – gouache & ink resist painting – 13 x 13 inches                   2 hours of ‘touch-up’ yields my thinking this needs Ultramarine Blue in the water to pop it a bit… so this donut ain’t quite baked yet – how I do love to ice things first!

There! ‘That’s it.

"With Sprinkles"...and Ultramarine Blue water pops

“With Sprinkles”…and Ultramarine Blue water pops



Portrait Ta-da!

February 20, 2013 § 12 Comments

TRportrait23byPierrMorganNow for one finishing touch – dull the buttah…

palette: Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Permanent White; French Ultramarine; Alizarin Crimson

Palette from left: Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Titanium White; French Ultramarine; Alizarin Crimson

A nifty way to tone down a color without using black is to mix its exact compliment in color and in value and mix the two together. So I mixed up some ‘Buttah’ again, using Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Pale and Titanium White. Then I mixed a violet that same value – lightness on the gray scale – using teensy bits of French Ultramarine and Alizarin Crimson added to a dollop of Titanium White until the paleness of the violet was the same paleness of the ‘Buttah.’ Here you see the result of the two mixed together…


Slightly darker than the original Buttah – but I like it a lot better as an overall background. Jake and his Master do too. They look savvy and sophisticated surrounded by it. Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve enjoyed painting that much more knowing you were there…here!  – Pierr (that rhymes)

Signed "Pierr" along Jake's lovely coat, lower right

Signed “Pierr” along Jake’s lovely coat, lower right

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - I think...any Birders out there to identify it?

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – I think…any Birders out there to identify it?                                         Was certainly loving this tree. Stayed true here for over two hours.

Great Wheel o’ Love

February 15, 2013 § 2 Comments


Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

February 10, 2013 § 6 Comments


Let this be my first monthly post for Peace, to add to a gathering energy for peace in the blog world and to stay mindful of how peaceful I am myself – what I say, what I think, how I act. Kozo, at Bloggers for Peace is the spark of this movement.

“Home is where the heart is.” I take that to mean wherever you are, there is you – with your heart. May yours be peace-full and light today.

Here is Amy’s post for peace on her blog: Radical Amazement

Nesting Breathing Painting

February 7, 2013 § 8 Comments

SW corner of daylight basement studio at night

SW corner of daylight basement studio at night

SW corner looking west to morning sunshine!! over Port Orchard Bay

SW corner looking west to morning sunshine!! over Port Orchard Bay

I’m leading a workshop on Saturday at Winslow Art Center. “Gouache & Ink Resist: A Painting Technique.” I learned this technique in art school almost thirty years ago. I’ve illustrated around 10 children’s books with the technique, so it’s like breathing to me, but truth be told, I’m really nervous.

Never led a workshop before. Demos, sure, but nothing like this where you are there guiding folks through a process for six hours for which they’ve put down hard earned cash and given up half their weekend to put their trust in you, glean everything they can, be inspired and hopefully have a lot of fun involving multiple moments of success.

By Tuesday only two had signed up. Ahh, I thought, maybe it will be cancelled and I can breathe again. But then there were three – then five. This morning I got a call from the director telling me there’s 6 for sure!…and 2 maybes. Is that an elephant sitting on my chest?

When I move to a new place setting up my 40 year-old drawing table is always the grounding moment for me. It’s also nice to have the area in working order – all my supplies within arms reach – to dive right into a project then. So here in the bottom photo you’ll see Gouache (“gwosh”) on the 10-well round plastic palette (bought in 1970); tubes of gouache in the blue Tupperware box (1976); and a large painting underway – using the ink-resist technique – on Arches 180 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The 4.5 x 6 inch colored paper swatches on the left are from a box of 220 Color-aid ® to help me decide on a palette…

Okay, that’s better…and look at the day! Hope you have a great one. With light and warmth and lots of good breathing. Cheers! – Pierr (Day 38 Sugar-Free)


February 4, 2013 § 6 Comments


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