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Gloria Nilsson
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After several years as a freelance designer, I yearned for a more organic connection to the arts. My first workshop with master pastelist Ellie Bender was the catalyst that launched my fine art career. I have since explored oil painting and currently I have been painting primarily on silk with acrylic mediums. Many of the techniques I offer in my silk painting workshops are integrated into my fine art paintings as well as my hand painted scarves. I enjoy experimenting and keeping my options open when it comes to mediums and this passion has also blossomed into my own unique line of jewelry. One-of-a-kind pieces featuring original hand sculpted beads, focals and findings.

A degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Phoenix/Institute, New York, N.Y., along with my fine art background have given me the capability to attain success in many facets of art & design. Consequently this has enabled me to share my love of art with many others. Offering classes, workshops and weekly programs at the Arts Center Killingworth, Chester Village West retirement Community, Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community, Clinton Parks & Recreation and private lessons and workshops on request.

My work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows, galleries, public venues and outdoor exhibitions. I have been honored with several awards including Honorable mention Illustrators Portfolio; Tassy Walden Awards New Voices in Children’s Literature 2003, Madison Art Society Annual Juried Show Award 2008-2011, Frank's Package Store Award; Guilford Art League Annual Juried Exhibition 2012, Honorable Mention; Manhattan Arts International Healing Power of Art "Positive Art That Lifts The Spirit" 2012, Artmajeur Silver Award; Artmajeur International 2008-2012, Shoreline Patrons' Prize; Clinton Art Society 65h Annual Juried Summer Exhibition 2014, Essex Art Association award; Earth, Wind & Fire Exhibition 2014. I was selected to design and illustrate Chapter 11 of The Great CT Caper, a serialized storybook for young people published on the CT Humanities/CT Center for the Book website.

I serve on the Board of Directors and a member of the Arts Center Killingworth, member of the Madison Art Society, Clinton Art Society, Guilford Art League, Lyme Art association & New Britain Museum of Art.

Recent work is featured at Specrum Gallery, Centerbrook, CT, Artisans Harbor, Old Saybrook, CT and other indoor/outdoor seasonal venues.



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Gloria Nilsson

Gloria Nilsson

Growing up the daughter of a carpenter and cabinet maker, there was always a work in progress on the drafting table or in the wood shop that captured my attention. Shifting that early inspiration to my own creativity, I spent many joyful days experimenting with color using my favorite medium back then, my beloved set of 64 color Crayolas. Entering my teen years I realized drawing was something that came easily to me, and I knew early on I would follow a creative path. My mother's interest in the ceramic arts also infused a love and practice of experimentation with the medium of paint, which lead me to discover the possibilities of color. Today, My inspiration for painting the landscape en plein air, interpreting a still life in the studio or sketching a one-of-a-kind jewelry design, are all rooted in earthly and spiritual influences. Breathing new life into something that is ordinary, imperfect or broken. Ultimately to seek and recognize beauty, invoking a sense of hope. I enjoy experimenting and keeping my options open when it comes to mediums. Painting on silk, my most recent medium, I continue to explore the heightened use of color as a tool, assembling shapes, line and values knit together with strong and precise brushwork. Creating one harmonious unit of energy with movement and space.

My passion to design and create was realized at the high school level, attending art classes, photography and a two year vocational school, studying commercial art. I went on to receive my degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Phoenix/Institute, New York, N.Y., gaining a solid understanding of the essential elements of good design. More recently, I studied under nationally recognized master painters Ellie Bender, Karen Winslow and Diane Aeschlimen. Both my commercial and fine art backgrounds have given me the capability to attain success in other facets of art & design and consequently enabled me to share my love of art with many others. Offering classes, workshops and weekly programs in fashion illustration, calligraphy, pastels, mixed media art for children, sculpting techniques, and drawing, at the Art Center at Killingworth, fine art, silk painting, paper crafting, and designing with polymer clay at the Chester Village West Retirement Community, and art workshops at the Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community and Clinton Parks & Recreation.

I have volunteered my artistic expertise in several capacities over the years. In 2008, I was responsible for the designing of the Stations of the Cross for the Saint Lawrence Church, Killingworth, Connecticut. In 2012, I collaborated with Arts Center Killingworth and Westbrook Youth & Family Services Adventure Program to organize a Summer Painting and Clay Workshop for a group of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In 2012, together with Arts Center Killingworth, organized its first month-long Children’s Art Exhibit displayed at Curves in Killingworth. In 2013, I implemented a workshop in Polymer Clay for Teacher Development Day at the Westbrook Middle School also through the ACK. I have donated several of my original artworks to many local organizations, schools and churches. I have enjoyed being a part of the Festival for the Arts & Sciences at the Killingworth Elementary School for the past several years.

My work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows, galleries, public venues and outdoor exhibitions. I have been honored with several awards including Honorable Mention Illustrators Portfolio; Tassy Walden Awards New Voices in Children's Literature 2003, Shearer Award; Guilford Art League Annual Juried Show 2009; 2nd Place; Clinton Art Society Annual Juried Summer Exhibition 2011, Madison Art Society Annual Juried Show Award 2011, Artmajeur Silver Award; Artmajeur International 2008-2012; Honorable Mention; Manhattan Arts International Healing Power of Art "Positive Art That Lifts The Spirit" 2012.

I have served on the executive board of the Cheshire Art League, an elected member of the Madison Art Society, member of the Art Center at Killingworth, the Guilford Art League, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Clinton Art Society and the Lyme Art Association.

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Hope, beauty and healing are constant themes I am very passionate about. Creating visual art that captures a moment in time to give comfort, and to encourage positive thinking. My fine art begins with a well thought out sketch, but the actual painting process is a very intuitive expression.

Working as a professional teaching artist has allowed me the opportunity to connect with children and adults of all ages. I am endlessly involved in the creation of new projects, and continually experimenting in different mediums, crafts and genres. My love of art and the need to help others discover that same love, along with the joy that is received in the process of creating, have been a most enriching experience.

A Connecticut resident for thirty years, I am fortunate to live so close to the shoreline which provides me with a constant stream of inspiration.

Gift Certificates

Beautifully hand written calligraphy styled gift certificates available upon request.


"How Sweet It Is"

"How Sweet It Is"

Chocolate lovers delight in fine works of original art by award winning artist Gloria Nilsson. Never before seen, singular oil studies of scrumptious chocolate confections painted on 6"x6" archival gallery wrapped canvas, make their debut at the Killingworth Library. One of a kind artisan crafted jewelry featuring Art Clay hearts, swirls and words of inspiration in a mixed media of beads and sparkle. Original fine art 2-1/2" × 3-1/2" Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) to swap, build unique collections, or give to your special Valentine. Exhibited and for sale throughout the month of February. Stop by for a visual treat. Killingworth Library, 301 Route 81, Killingworth, Connecticut. Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Tuesday, Thursday: 10 A.M. -8 P.M. Saturday: 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Sunday: Closed

For purchase information, please contact me directly by clicking "contact" in my website browser.


Deck the Walls

Deck the Walls

Lyme Art Association: December 11, 2009 - January 9, 2010. Annual holiday exhibition and sale. "breaking Boundaries" and "Geometric Portal" on view and for sale. Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371


"How Sweet It Is"

"How Sweet It Is"

Chocolate lovers delight in fine works of original art by award winning artist Gloria Nilsson. Never before seen, singular oil studies of scrumptious chocolate confections painted on 6"x6" archival gallery wrapped canvas, make their debut at the Killingworth Library. One of a kind artisan crafted jewelry featuring Art Clay hearts, swirls and words of inspiration in a mixed media of beads and sparkle. Original fine art 2-1/2" × 3-1/2" Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) to swap, build unique collections, or give to your special Valentine. Exhibited and for sale throughout the month of February. Stop by for a visual treat. Killingworth Library, 301 Route 81, Killingworth, Connecticut. Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Tuesday, Thursday: 10 A.M. -8 P.M. Saturday: 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Sunday: Closed

For purchase information, please contact me directly by clicking "contact" in my website browser.


Malone's Coffee House

Malone's Coffee House

Ongoing Exhibition: December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010. Several of my "DSFDF" paintings are on view and for sale, including; "In the Shadows", Rower at Rest", & "Sushi Yin-Yang". Many other original oils, pastels and water colours are included. Malone's Coffee House, a quaint, quiet little coffee shop located in the Town Center , 10 West Main Street, Clinton, Connecticut.

For purchase information, please contact me directly by clicking "contact" in my my website browser.


Arts Center at Killingworth October 10-11 Autumn Art Trail Weekend

Arts Center at Killingworth October 10-11 Autumn Art Trail Weekend

I will be participating in the Arts Center’s FREE Two-Day Outdoor Arts Festival along the beautiful waterfront on Clinton Landing, behind Clinton Andrews Memorial Town Hall. Many of my works will be exhibited and for sale. You can purchase passes from me directly by clicking "contact" on the menu bar above or contact the Arts Center at Killingworth online or by calling (860) 663-5593. Passes may also be purchased during the Festival at Clinton Landing. The Outdoor Festival and Open Art Studio Trail is Saturday and Sunday, October 10th-11th from 10am-5pm. Trail Tickets are $10 for Adults; children 12 and under FREE. Clinton Landing is located south of Clinton Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 E. Main St., Clinton, CT. A kick-off reception for the Trail weekend will be held on October 9th, from 7-9pm, at the Rose Room in Andrews Memorial Town Hall in Clinton.


2009 Scranton Library Exhibition

2009 Scranton Library Exhibition

Here I am this past Saturday at the 2009 Scranton Library Exhibition. It was a beautiful day and it was so nice to chat with the folks who stopped by to view my work. A few of us die-hards were able to show our work the following day as well, since the tents were still available. Weather was cloudy with a chance of rain, but we prevailed and sales were actually up that second day. The sale of "Silent Marshland" 6"x8" oil and a few t-shirts, made staying on the extra day well worth it! Thanks to all who invested in my art. Photo courtesy of Beverly Schirmeier


Gloria Nilsson's Paintings for sale at Fire and Rain Artisan's Gallery

Gloria Nilsson's Paintings for sale at Fire and Rain Artisan's Gallery

Fire and Rain Artisans Gallery and Gifts featuring local and New England talent has recently installed several of Gloria's paintings and are currently on view and for sale. Enjoy jewelry, photography, painting, hand knits, candles & soaps, artisan chocolate, art glass, pottery, fair trade items, cards & more. "New York Stock Exchange", "Rudbeckia", "Golden Marshland" and "Money Island" are just a few of Gloria's fine art works exhibited at Fire and Rain. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sunday & Monday 163 Route 81 Killingworth, CT 06419 (860) 663-3473


Gallery Exhibiting Gloria Nilsson' Fine Art Paintings

Gallery Exhibiting Gloria Nilsson' Fine Art Paintings

Fire and Rain Artisans Gallery and Gifts featuring local and New England talent has recently installed several of Gloria's paintings and are currently on view and for sale. Enjoy jewelry, photography, paining, hand knits, candles & soaps, artisan chocolate, art glass, pottery, fair trade items, cards & more. "New York Stock Exchange", "Rudbeckia", "Golden Marshland" and "Money Island" are just a few of Gloria's fine art works exhibited at Fire and Rain. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sunday & Monday 163 Route 81 Killingworth, CT 06419 (860) 663-3473.


Liberty Bank Installation

Liberty Bank Installation

Paintings will be for sale at the Liberty Bank, Clinton, Connecticut, throughout the month of September, 2008. Pastels, watercolors and oils, including local scenes, plein air & still life paintings by award winning artist Gloria Nilsson, can be viewed during regular business hours .

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Original black line drawing on tracing paper.


The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Non-repro lines are drawn onto the silk before it is stretched onto a frame.


The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Black gutta line applied to silk.


The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Color in progress....


The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Applying the color.


The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

The Great Connecticut Caper, Chapter 11: Spell Check (process)

Spell Check complete.


Millifiori Decorative Eggs

Millifiori Decorative Eggs

Fanciful cane building and repurposed scrap clay was used to create these decorative Easter eggs.


Hand Painted Color Burst Floral Design Silk Scarves

Hand Painted Color Burst Floral Design Silk Scarves

Color burst floral design silk scarves.......this is one of the techniques you can learn in my basic silk scarf painting workshop.


Expressive Watercolor Effects Gift Tags

Expressive Watercolor Effects Gift Tags

Your imagination is your only limitation......fun watercolor affects combined with stamping fun, to create these easy gift tags.


Painting on Silk Workshop

Painting on Silk Workshop

Practice varying silk painting techniques including Serti (coloring within resist lines) to discover how color reacts to different silk fabrics with artist Gloria Nilsson. Apply salts and learn the secret to color burst floral designs. Each technique builds confidence and increases knowledge of color mixing and design. Sunday, Nov. 17. 2-4pm. $50 Materials included. - See more at: http://artscenterkillingworth.org/event/painting-on-silk-workshop/#sthash.v0snQscT.dpuf

http://artscenterkillingworth.org/event/painting-on-silk-workshop/


Millefiori Madness Jewelry Design

Millefiori Madness Jewelry Design

Simulate the glass making technique of millefiori with artist Gloria Nilsson. Sketch your design and create variations such as stacking, decorative borders, and cane sheets. Swap cane pieces with others for different designs of your unique multi-cane pendants! Sunday, February 26, 1-4:30pm. $60 Materials included.


Fabric Design

Fabric Design

Focus is on the decorative quality of fabric. Students learn how to create their own unique fabric designs and build their portfolio. Saturdays, January 29; February 5, 12; March 5, 1-3pm, $125. For further information and registration please contact the Art Center at Killingworth 860-663-5593.


Drawing Through the Ages

Drawing Through the Ages

All New classes Winter 2011! We will explore shape, line, form, tone & composition. Ages 9-14, 10-11:30am, $95. Contact the Art Center at Killingworth for further information and registration 860-663-5593


Children's Saturday Morning Mixed Media Program

Children's Saturday Morning Mixed Media Program

All New Programs 2011! I have developed projects with design concepts and basic creativity in mind. "Snowman Close-Up", "Some Things Fishy", "Picasso Faces" & "Freedom Collage". Ages 6-10, 9-10am, $85. January 22, 29; February 5, 12. Contact the Art Center at Killingworth for further information and registration 860-663-5593


Fashion Illustration Fall 2010

Fashion Illustration Fall 2010

For more information please go to The Art Center at Killingworth's web site.


NEW! Children's Art Programming

NEW! Children's Art Programming

Saturday Morning Art Programs for Ages 6-11

Saturday Sessions (9:30-10:20am) and (10:30-11:20am)


Children ages 6-11 can spend four Saturday mornings with the Arts Center at Killingworth exploring mixed media projects and clay sculpture.

In Mixed Media, children learn art concepts such as self-portraiture, color theory, and elements of graphic design with artist Gloria Nilsson. In Clay Discovery, children knead and roll clay to build up a relief. Later, they will chisel like a true sculptor and take away the clay to create a piece of art.

Parents can register their child for four or eight of these 50-minute art Sessions during this new four week Series.

Cost: $85 for any 4 Sessions. Materials Included.

Mixed Media: Ages 6-8, 10:30-11:20am | Ages 9-11, 9:30-10:20am

Clay Discovery: Ages 6-8, 9:30-10:20am | Ages 9-11, 10:30-11:20am

New Sessions! New Projects! Mixed Media/Clay Discovery. Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3. Same times. $120 for any 6 Sessions.

All Workshops are held at The Arts Center. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot in advance.

To register, please contact: The Arts Center at Killingworth
276 N. Parker Hill Road, Killingworth, CT. 06419
(860) 663-5593 e-mail:


Drawing with the Masters

Drawing with the Masters

Drawing with the Masters

Six Mondays, Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 6:30-8:30pm.
Artist Gloria Nilsson explores unconventional or "edgy" still lifes by well-known artists. Participants will then study and draw from the paintings of artists who display unusual subject matter and style. This Series is for beginner to intermediate levels. Cost is $225.

To register, please contact: The Arts Center at Killingworth
276 N. Parker Hill Road, Killingworth, CT. 06419
(860) 663-5593 e-mail:


Fashion Illustration

Fashion Illustration

Fashion Illustration

Six Saturdays, Feb. 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3. 11:30-1:30pm

Working with artist Gloria Nilsson participants in our new Fashion Illustration Series will begin or deepen their knowledge of illustration by focusing on proportion, live model quick sketching, foreshortening, action and balance. The Series will start with a full color illustration/collage that utilizes gesture drawings to be completed throughout the program. Beginners welcome, previous attendees can refine their skills.The cost is $165 (materials not included).

To register, please contact: The Arts Center at Killingworth
276 N. Parker Hill Road, Killingworth, CT. 06419
(860) 663-5593 e-mail:


Fashion Accessories Designed by You

Fashion Accessories Designed by You

Fashion Accessories Designed by You

Saturdays, January 23, 30; February 6,13. 11:30-1:30pm

What composes a fashion line? How do style and trends influence design? What is brand identity? Working with artist Gloria Nilsson, begin this unique fashion workshop series discussing these issues and then move into developing original sketches, continuing with arrangement of pleasing compositions.

Students will complete a full color illustration of their own orginal fashion accessory line. Cost is $120. Space is limited, register in advance.

To register, please contact: The Arts Center at Killingworth
276 N. Parker Hill Road, Killingworth, CT. 06419
(860) 663-5593 e-mail:


Drawing with the Masters; The Unexpected Still Life

Drawing with the Masters; The Unexpected Still Life

These drawing sessions explore unconventional or "edgy" still lifes by well known artists. In each session, participants will work with Award Winning Artist Gloria Nilsson to study and draw from the paintings of artists who employ unusual and singular styles and techniques. This series is for beginner to intermediate levels. 6 sessions: Mondays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and Dec. 7 6:30-8:30 pm. Sessions held at the Arts Center at Killingworth, 276 North Parker Hill Rd. Killingworth, CT.

Cost is $225 for 6 sessions


Drawing with the Masters

Drawing with the Masters

In this new series, Drawing with the Masters, we will explore the unconventional or "edgy" still life by well-known artists. Participants will study and draw from the paintings of artists who display unusual and singular subject matter and style. This Series is for beginner to intermediate levels. There are two sessions to choose from, Section 1: Tuesday evenings September 22, 29; and October 6, 13, 20, 27, from 6:30-8:30pm. or Section 2: Sunday mornings September 27; October 4, 18, 25; and November 1, 8, from 11-1pm. Please visit the Art Center at Killingworth website for more information.


Fashion Illustration for Adults and Teens

Fashion Illustration for Adults and Teens

Six week intensive Fashion Illustration Series at the Art Center at Killingworth. Students will focus on proportion, live model quick sketching, foreshortening, action and balance. This series will commence with a full color illustration/collage portfolio piece that utilizes gesture drawings to be completed throughout the program. Runs six Saturdays 10-12pm September 19, 26; October 3, 24, 31; and November 7, 2009. For more information please visit the Art Center at Killingworth website.


Fashion Still Life Sunday Workshop

Fashion Still Life Sunday Workshop

Sundays beginning September 21, 2008, Gloria will help you combine your fashion flair while honing in on drawing skills. In this monthly drop-in Sunday workshop at the Art Center at Killingworth, you will be choosing your favorite fashion accessories. Learn Designer Sketching and how to place your accessories into a graphically exciting still life.

Recognition & Awards

Recognition & Awards

Best Pastel; Cheshire Art League Annual Exhibit 2000; "Lillies on The Hill"

Honorable Mention Illustrators Portfolio; Tassy Walden Awards New Voices in Children's Literature 2003

Member's Choice; Guilford Art League Annual Member's Show 2003; "Softly They Sing"

Third Place; Tracy Art Center Juried Show 2005 "All About Water II"; "Hideaway"

Stop & Shop Award; Madison Art Society Annual Juried Show 2008; "Eggplant"

Artmajeur Silver award; Artmajeur International 2008

Ranked #10 among top 100 of Artmajeur United States most popular artists 2008

Artmajeur Silver award; Artmajeur International 2009

Liberty Bank Award; Madison Art Society Juried show 2009; "New York Stock Exchange"

Shearer Award; Guilford Art League Annual Juried Exhibition 2009; "New York Stock Exchange"

Artmajeur Silver award; Artmajeur International 2010

Wholesale Frame Company award; Madison Art Society Annual Juried Show 2010; "Lazy Days"

Artmajeur Silver award; Artmajeur International 2011

Art Gallery award; Madison Art Society Annual Juried Show 2011; "Fragile Barn Illuminated"

Shoreline Merchants Prize; Clinton Art Society 62 Annual Juried Summer Exhibition 2011; "Fragile Barn
Illuminated"

Honorable Mention; Manhattan Arts International, Celebrate The Healing power of Art "Positive Art That Lifts The Spirit" 2012; "Fragile Barn Illuminated"

Frank's Package Store Award; Guilford Art League Annual Juried Exhibition 2012; "Between Cars"

Artmajeur Silver award; Artmajeur International 2012

Davis Swimming Pools Inc. Prize; Clinton Art Society 64th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition 2013; "Drawn"

Shoreline Patrons' Prize; Clinton Art Society 65h Annual Juried Summer Exhibition 2014; "Off the Cuff"

Essex Art Association award; Earth, Wind & Fire Exhibition 2014; “New Beginning”

selected to design and illustrate Chapter 11 of The Great CT Caper, a serialized storybook for young people published online by the CT Humanities/CT Center for the Book

Guest Artist Demonstration, Cheshire Art League; "The Serti Technique: BEYOND THE BORDERS", May 6, 2015

Grove Gardens Landscaping Prize; Clinton Art Society 66th Annual Summer Exhibition 2015; "Reach"

Guest Artist Demonstration, Madison Art Society; "The Serti Technique: BEYOND THE BORDERS", September 3, 2015

ON EXHIBIT Arts Connecticut 2009

ON EXHIBIT Arts Connecticut 2009

The Guilford Art League rings in the fall season with its 62nd annual Juried Exhibition: Arts Connecticut 2009....With an eye towards variety and versatility, this year's juror Judy Birke...Similarly, in NY Stock Exchange by Gloria Nilsson, the viewer is perched high atop the monitor pods... Read more in the living section of The Source September 17, 2009 . By Leah Lopez Schmalz.


Fashion Camp

Fashion Camp

The week began with drawing and pattern construction under the gentle tutelage of Gloria Nilsson...read more in the Hartford Courant by Melissa Pionzio

Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Creative process for my Bella Casa Collection.


Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Creative process for my Bella Casa Collection.


Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Jewelry making: wire work, cane making

Creative Process for my Bella Casa Collection


View from the Dirt Road, Rough Sketch & Composition

View from the Dirt Road, Rough Sketch & Composition

I began with a warm wash of cad red to cover my canvas ground. With a thin bristle brush I sketched in the basic composition and from there finished the remainder of the painting using one palette knife.


Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process

Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process

Here are a few of the labor intensive steps in the process of carving a reduction linoleum block print. The first step is to transfer your drawing onto the linoleum block. Using water soluble ink, I began with the lightest color first in "Facing the Unknown", which was light pink. In this jpeg I had carved the area which I wanted to keep light pink and inked this plate with light blue to print. Each color entails carving and then printing. This continues until you get to the darkest color (which in this linocut I used black). Each time I carved a new color, the first color needed to be washed off and dried and any raised carvings from that last color had to be carved off to ensure the next color was crisp and clean. I intentionally left some of the marks to lend more interest and direction to the subject.


Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process Continued

Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process Continued

This jpeg shows the pink which was printed first by inking the entire block (without any carved area) with the pink and then printing. The light blue plate as described above, was printed on top.


Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process Continued

Reduction Linoleum Block Print Process Continued

Here you can see several colors such as the tan, medium blue, and brown each carved and printed separately at this point.


Reduction Linoleum Block Finished Print

Reduction Linoleum Block Finished Print

The finished print, including first the red, and then the final color black.


Painting with Clay: Waves Against the Wind, No. 1

Painting with Clay: Waves Against the Wind, No. 1

Painting with clay requires a response to the color mixing process. Following pattern and color to establish movement in the overall composition.