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Nothing serious. Mixed media 16x20" on illustration board.

Nothing serious. Mixed media 16x20" on illustration board.

I typically paint strong paintings using a very neutral palette. Think tan, white, browns, the blues..you know, my usual. This summer, however, I have been reaching over and over for the yellows and golds. Is it the definition of insanity? Repeating something over and over and expecting different results? I ALWAYS have trouble with the yellows.... but why do I always reach for them?

Talking with my friend this morning, she made a good point... she mentioned that she bets we can look at someone's portfolio and a picture of their living room and match them up. Wouldn't you know it? I painted every wall in the house neutral (Sandstone Cove to be exact) and I usually only wear Black, white and navy. I dress and decorate in the same way that I paint! It's true.

Trouble arose yesterday when I had some trouble with fixative on the two paintings pictured below:

Diptych: 2x 30x40 Mixed Media

Diptych: 2x 30x40 Mixed Media

I wanted these paintings to work. What you cannot see in the picture is a bunch of light colored (worn) graffiti. The graffiti was not to be bold...just barely there. Well, the fixative darkened the light pastel I wrote it in and I could not salvage it. So I started over. The diptych shortly became one new, awesome yellow painting (not pictured) plus one green and pink painting that was going south FAST.

Green and Pink???? What the hell happened to me? That painting has since been destroyed... I got the pink and green out of my system.. and understand that how much I want to use those sort of colors sometimes, they are not for me... I'm sticking to what I know.

So what do you think? Happen to you? Let me know on Facebook. I am interested to know what you think. Thanks for stopping in! We are enjoying light rain in San Diego today...a real "howler" in July! Can you believe it?

Feathers #mixedmedia

Feathers, 16x20 Mixedmedia art on Illustration Board

Feathers, 16x20 Mixedmedia art on Illustration Board

Shown above, the progression of a recent mixed media painting I completed. Starting with simple, neutral collage elements and a layer or two of paint, this piece morphed into a new painting I have titled, "Feathers".

A rare, free say this summer while my daughter was away.. we're having so much fun this year with days spent playing tennis and swimming...the best "summer camp" there is.

Thank you for stopping by today. See you soon.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Untitled #57

Untitled #57

Original painting for sale.  Beautiful iridescent paint accents this soft, contemplative, mixed media piece. This painting is warm, without being too sweet. Texture and mark-making draw the eye into the art.

This painting measures 11x14", with a 1.5" profile. The sides are painted...it's ready to hang in your home. Professional grade paint.

$245 includes domestic shipping. International shipping costs will be billed seperately.


Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Untitled 81; Acrylic on cradled wood panel; 24x18x1.5"

Untitled 81; Acrylic on cradled wood panel; 24x18x1.5"

A rare opportunity to own one of my originals. This handsome, contemplative, abstract will add a soothing feel to your decor. Professional grade (no solvent smell!), archival acrylic paint is ready to hang and serve its purpose- to look beautiful. :)

This painting is featured on page 81 of our best selling book, "Acrylic Solutions".

$325 USD includes domestic shipping. International buyers will be invoiced for actual shipping charges. 

New Art. Untitled No. 12 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Acrylic on cavas; 24x30", Gallery Canvas

Acrylic on cavas; 24x30", Gallery Canvas

Your walls are painted dark, your furniture is light with accents of high polished silver. The textures in the room reflect those in this painting... Perfectly neutral, with layers to get lost inside.

So proud of my girl...wrapped up 2nd grade with a perfect report card, perfect attendance, runner-up in the Spelling Bee and she is doing awesome in tennis.... She doesn't like me to post her picture online, but take my word for it....I'm one happy mom. :) Happy summer!

Up Close and Personal..

Close-ups... details often too difficult to post online, shown here for your viewing pleasure. My favorite way to paint is very slowly...over the course of several days per painting... relishing in every layer and applied detail one by one.

I've been painstakingly lifting tacky paint for a long time.... and eager to explore some new mixed media options this summer.

Don't forget our mixed media workshops are always open.. no matter when you sign up..they never expire and we are always happy to help you. Come on over and paint with us this summer!

New Art. Untitled No. 11 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Untitled, Mixed media on canvas 30x40 NFS

Untitled, Mixed media on canvas 30x40 NFS

Why untitled? I can't commit. I don't like naming my art.. never have. I name a painting and then refer back to it and call it a different name.. I kind of feel like you should name the paintings.. you interpret the art...hang it in your home...and a name will come to you.. What I see in this painting may not be what you see...this way we can all be happy.

How do you feel about this? Imagine you think about art... you're passionate about it. You love to paint.. you paint all the time.. you earn a living painting... is it work? You know that if you don't paint, you won't generate income.... so what about it? Join the conversation on Facebook.

New Art. Untitled No. 10 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Untitled No. 10  30x40" Mixed Media on gallery canvas.

Untitled No. 10  30x40" Mixed Media on gallery canvas.

I have a love / hate relationship with yellow. All yellows. Yellow calls to me.. all the time.. but I find it really difficult to work with. No matter which yellow I have on hand, I can never mix the yellow I have in my brain. Maybe I need to color-calibrate myself.

I remember when I was a small child, my mother told me that yellow was my favorite color. I always thought that was her way of having me accept what color she was going to be painting my room. Oh and the wallpaper too... it was yellow. Vinyl even.

There is a problem at Casa Prichard.. paintings all over the place. None of them are quite ready for storage yet, so the only solution was to hang them up.. on every square inch of the house. House of Paintings.. Since I am short on space, there are paintings hung all over the place without any consideration of surrounding decor. Jeff Lewis would have a panic attack in here for sure... I'm borderline.. It's hard to get a grasp on the individuality of each painting when they are hung on top of each other...

... but I love looking at them here on the website though...hope you do too.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Original art for sale today! This mixed media painting is on heavy watercolor paper and features an irregular border. The paper measures 9 x 12". Featured on page 111 of the book, "Acrylic Solutions", this painting has been created using archival materials and has been sealed so that it will last a very long time.

Collage, mark making and layers... I love this piece!

One available, $115 USD includes domestic shipping.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas  18 x 18 x 1.25

Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas  18 x 18 x 1.25

A rare opportunity to own an original painting from my collection! "Solitary" was created during the writing of the book, "Acrylic Solutions" and is featured throughout chapters in the book as steps were completed on it. Hear that? THIS IS THE PAINTING I WORKED ON IN THE BOOK.

This painting is also the COVER of the book "Acrylic Solutions" as it was translated in Dutch.

The painting is made with archival materials and has been sealed in varnish...it will last a good long long time.. "Solitary" is also ready to hang, with 1.25" gallery canvas sides that have been painted as well.

$315 USD includes domestic shipping and insurance. International customers please inquire for shipping charges.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

PS - you can see all of the paintings I have for sale by clicking here.

New Art. Untitled No. 9 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Mixed Media on Canvas; 36 x 48"

Mixed Media on Canvas; 36 x 48"

For the past 12 weeks or so, I have painstakingly painted 15 large, new paintings for my solo show. I am finished now.. I've got the music on loud ...kind of celebrating my new freedom away from the easel. Painting is awesome... but I feel so much pressure painting for either deadline or gallery.. 

(The date of the show has not been announced.. I will let you know when the gallery gives me the date. All I have known is that I have been awarded a show.. and I know the square footage of the gallery.)

I am really proud of the collection. I am proud of myself too.. But I am really looking forward to letting my hair down for the next couple weeks.. I am dreaming of some new things to get myself in to.... trouble for sure. ;)

(I can't maintain comments on my blog and on Facebook.... you can find me over there everyday though. Stop by for some coffee with me. LINK)

Thank you for your support.

From the book to the wall. #artjournal #abstract #art #artist

"After Hours" 36 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas  NFS


"After Hours" 36 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas  NFS

If only you could see this in person...and if only I could post large, hi-res images of my art online... because I. Love. This. Painting.

There are paintings that come here and there that I can't stop looking at.. this is one of them. There is a lot of texture...a lot of metallic paint...and layers are rich and luscious. It's size commands attention. I can't wait to see this in the gallery.

Inspired by re-interpreting a painting from an old journal (shown below):

High heat and winds continue... we are about 20 miles south of any of the major brush fires that are making the National News. Legoland is under evacuation..which means my alma matter GIA  is probably also being evacuated. Prayers that everyone and the structures nearby  stay safe.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract

"Vintage Picnic", original painting on stretched canvas. Approx. 10 x 10 x 0.75

Vintage picnic features soft colors and a super high gloss finish. I love this distressed look and this little beauty is a great accent painting and an affordable way to own your own original.

Vintage Picnic was juried into the Regional Show at the San Diego Art Institute in 2013.

$125 USD

One available; domestic shipping included.

New Art. Untitled No. 8 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas; second half of a diptych now complete.

24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas; second half of a diptych now complete.

I'm really in the groove now.. funny how it takes a while to get back into things after a creative break. Many people have been asking me why I am painting my show so early.. Only the reason to get 'er done.. I will not have the time to concentrate on painting so much during the summer while Kate is here...and the guidelines of the gallery require me to make paintings that represent the juried pieces that awarded me the show in the first place.. So without any drastic changes, I want to wrap things up. If between the show and then I make something that compliments the collection, I can make changes as needed.. So..that's the reason.

I want to experiment.. I want to explore... I want to paint for sake of not having to paint..and that time will be soon. Only 5 more paintings to go.

Thank you for stopping by today.

New Art. Untitled No. 8 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

This marks the half-way point for me... My goal is to have 16 new paintings for my show coming up. This is a new 24x24 mixed media piece that I finished up last week.. You'll see a sister painting to this one next week too.. I made two 24x24 diptychs that I like a lot.. Stay tuned.

So these days? A favorite combination.. the worn, muted, distressed neutral palette with a splash of metallic paint and gold leaf. Delicious.

I outline all of the techniques I use in my daily painting in the book I wrote with my friend Chris Cozen.. Here is the link to the book on Amazon. It always makes me happy to know people are using the book...never in my wildest dreams would I think that other artists are inspired by it. Thank you so much!

New Art. Untitled No. 6 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

"Beetlejuice 99", 24x24 Acrylic on canvas

"Beetlejuice 99", 24x24 Acrylic on canvas

Hola Amigos! This week I wrapped up this new 24x24" gallery canvas..

This palette lends itself well to my personal grafitti symbols.. secret symbols that I add into almost every painting. I've never listed them all because I like the idea of someone, someday, pointing them out to me... I have a dream that someone might study these paintings (not academically...just personally) and would maybe want to speak to me about them... 

Don't forget my huge online workshop, "8 Great Paintings" is on sale for a limited time. Click here for more info.