Cedar Raven


My blog blew up, and Tech support is severely understaffed (IMO). I have no choice but to redirect everyone here http://cedarraven.blogdrive.com/

Please UPDATE your info.


I finally got to it today.  And it feels done! Though it looks a bit different in this upload, not as intense. I painted this specifically for the show this weekend which is also titled "Signs Of Spring." There is a lot of surface detail so do click on the image to see the larger size.

I put the two side by side, so the before & after can be compared. A few things needed addressing: The rocks were too similar in size & visual weight, and needed to be pushed back a bit. The focal point (plant) was too small, practically disappearing. It looks better now, don't you think?

Site Issues 03/09/2008

Just a quick note to share (whine, gripe, weep & wail)  about my blog issues.

I lost my sidebar. I have no idea how that happened, but I can't figure out how to get it back.

And tech support . . . apparently occupied elsewhere.

I hope to get this figured out this month!


EDM via Workshop 03/09/2008

This is part of my display board for the workshop I'm leading this Saturday (Mar15). Lo and behold! I see some EDM challenges in there!

# 22 Draw a piece of clothing. (The belt counts, right?)

# 32 Draw something metallic. (Ha!)

# 60 Draw an autumobile, or part of one,

# 121 Draw some coins

# 151 Free choice. (A watch, a hinge and a number)

Ok! *swiping palms* Thats that! Now I don't feel so guilty about the recent  ignoring of my EDM list.

Signs of Spring 03/03/2008


I bought some supplies Thursday to make more textured surfaces. Friday I found a beautiful rock wall dripping with icicles and snapped a few shots (Ok, it was more like 80). Saturday I mucked about with various papers, a couple of canvas boards (9x12) and a stretched canvas (8x10).  and created some new surfaces, one of which is shown here. Which brings me to Sunday. . .

The surfaces are now dry and I can start a painting. One of those materials I bought last Thursday was GAC, which was recommended to mix with Fluid Acrylics and even acrylic inks instead of water. Two things:  #1. GAC makes your paint shiny. I've now determined I detest high gloss when painting. It was SO distracting.  I had to move the board to reduce reflection, and I never could see my whole painting due to glare! #2. The drying time of my paint actually decreased! I use a nib when I paint and the paint was thickening from drying up, so I had to keep adding water (a lot cheaper than GAC!) AND . . . as I had premixed all my colours, with a splash of GAC of course, I had to finish my painting in ONE SITING just to keep my paints alive!

It is now Monday morning. 4:30 AM.  *YAAAAWWWWWWNNNNNN*

So here it is. The finished (all in one sitting) painting.

I am OFF to bed!!! And I am not cleaning up a thing. Those paints can now dry in their pots for all I care!


Lately I’ve been scouring the internet on a search for sites that discuss using acrylic inks. I’ve run across very few informative sites *Boo Hiss* as most artists only indicate whether it was a medium used.I thought I would share some of the better ones.

I use FW Daler Rowney inks myself and found this wonderful resource about this brand. FW Liquid Acrylic Ink information, hints and tips at http://www.studioarts.co.uk/links/hintsandtips/acrylicsfwliquidacrylicink.htm This site also includes a demonstration and a handy chart.

A fellow member of EDM, Wendy Shortland
http://quirkyartist.blogspot.com, has also worked in acrylic inks and offers a demo here http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239377&highlight=hibiscus plus a couple of links to artists she learned from: Lyn Buchart whose paintings can be see here http://www.lynbutchart.com.au/gallery/aquatic.htm, and Rae Andrews http://www.yessy.com/raeandrews 

As you can see my acrylic ink website pot doth not runneth over, however the real KICKER of my searches is that I have found an artist who currently works in acrylic inks and only lives 15 minutes away!!


Hum along everyone

“It’s a small world after all . . .”


Gee. Thank you Sherry! I’m touched!

This is a pass it forward type of award and the rules are to post with links to
blogs you love. Hmmmmm…. Considering  I am new to EDM (Dec 31/07)
and have yet to really explore the blogs offered by its members methinks I
will need to turn to those on EDM who’s work inspires me.

Ok, here I go (In an alphabetical and organized type manner):

The Queen of Crosshatch. The Dutchess of Detail. Love her work.

Oooo, what this girl can do with pencil crayons!

I adore the fantasy and the whimsy. She is extremely successful with both.

I don’t think she has ever had a bad drawing.

Expressive. Love what she does with simple lines and colour hits.

Artistically, I think we have a lot in common. I would have loved to
have sat next to her in art class. What a challenge.

There is a wonderful sense of humour in her work. She is fabulously

I envy her artistic “space” right now. It’s all flowing out at an amazing
pace. She is also very helpful and supportive, like Sherry.

This girl can draw! I am also very impressed with how much she works,
and how she promotes her work.  

I admire that she shares her struggles and brillant successes. Definitely an inspiration as she demonstrates very well that you must work, work, work for the “brilliant” to happen.

I am impressed with how she translates thoughts and ideas into a visual. 

who tagged me with the “ Love you this much”  award,
and whom I would immediately award back for her support, and experimental spirit. I do look forward to all she produces, as I find her processes usually
very informative and interesting.

For being supportive. And, as he knows, I’m a fan of his darks.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If you get tagged (and want to play along), write a post with links to blogs that you love,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.


I had this lovely surface which I want to play with this weekend, and here are the results! I wish I had scanned in the surface before I painted on it, but I sort of forgot to as I was concentrating rather hard on just how I was going to apply the acrylic inks, and if I was going to limit my palette etc, etc. (I had recently added blue and yellow to my inks collection, and as I really cannot resist new art materials the inevitable choice was to use them all! )

Creating the heavily textured surface involves applying acrylic gel to a canvas board (can also be done on a stretched canvas), soaking paper (ie watercolour paper) larger than the board, then laying the paper on the board, lining up the edges, and shaping/manipulating the paper for a raised texture. Here I manipulated the paper to form a tree. It was sheer luck that the paper also formed a lovely raised shadow. The gel itself contributed to the texture of the grassy areas.    

Now, if you don't get the gel on the front of the watercolour paper you can use it for watercolours. Othewise, use acrylics or markers, pencils, pastels, etc. I used only acrylic inks  for this painting.

 You can use any acid free paper (or material), any weight (just lengthens or shortens the soaking times), or tissue paper which you don't soak. Smooth paper, like cardstock gives you nice stiff peaks. Softer paper, like tissuepaper, gives a smaller more delicate or fine texture (which can be observed in this painting.)

Use a heavy gel medium for less water content and quicker drying time. (Gesso is not a sealer.) But you should use a sealer or varnish upon completion.

If you wish to comment on this painting go back up to the top of the picture.

Thanks for looking!

Dales Totem 02/17/2008

2008/02/15 Just finished Friday. *whew* This one took a week and a bit to do. The fourth of 6 pieces slated for a show. I've got one more to paint (from scratch), and one more to finish! 8.5 in. x11 in. watercolours and acrylic inks on canson cold press 140 lb.


It rained today! We have 6 ft high heaps of snow on each side of our driveway and it rains! Stay at home weather to be sure! And PERFECT for painting or catching up on some EDMs! Watercolours and acrylic inks.