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How to Make Rain and Other Textures

Jar Self Leveling Gel

I use this “Self Leveling Gel” to make raindrops. It is also called “Pouring Medium”. Only a Northwest artist would feel compelled to include the texture of rain. Here’s two examples below.  One is finished and the other still in process.

Raindrops            Copy to Crop rain

This gel also makes interesting texture without brush marks when mixed with acrylic paint or ink.  You can see examples in a close up of “Shorescape” below.

Shorescape Texture


Two Events and Why do you do art? Why do you view art?

I have two upcoming art events:

The first is at City Hall in the conference rooms. There will be an opening reception Monday, August 24 from 6 – 8 pm.

Kaleidoscope is at City Hall.



The second is a show of new work at North Bank Artists Gallery. Hope you can drop by on First Friday, September 4 from 5:00 to 9:00.  Mary Alred and I  explore why artists do art.  We’ll have a place to share your ideas on “why you do” or “why you view” art. Guest artist, Maureen Andrade, adds work on an environmental theme.

Here’s my piece, Figures and Flowers, that will be at the September “Why Art?” Show.

Flower Festival copy - Version 2

I will be at the Main Branch of the Vancouver Library ( 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA )
First Friday , June 6, starting at 5 p.m.  There are eight other artists and I have nine pieces on display.  

 Here are two of them:



Don’t forget to visit North Bank Artists Gallery on Main Street for “YES!”  A group exhibition featuring Pacific Northwest installation based artists put together by artist Erin Dengerink. There will also be a group painting an art car in the style of Banksy in front of the gallery.

I will have art on display at North Bank Gallery in July in a show by artist Kaite Thompson. First Friday in July will be July 11.

There are three of my works on display on the second floor of the Vancouver Hilton.

Here’s one of those:


Hope to see you at the library!


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“New Pearls”


This piece was inspired by kids’ art.  The picture I saw hanging in a school hallway was a “mom” drawn as a square with long arms happily hung with purses and bags. She had a jaunty smile. I used enamel paint accents in this piece to have both matte and shiny textures and surfaces.