Monday, December 6, 2010

All That Glows

10x10 by Sandra Duran Wilson
This painting started with a gesso transfer, using gold gesso and a laser image. A stencil was used to add dimensional shapes, clear layers of acrylic add more depth and more paint completes the work.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Large is Good

This piece, Floral Prose, started with a 24" x 36" gel transfer from a pigmented print on a gold leafed panel. It was my first this large and a success. The transfer was used as an underpainting.

I had been rereading the classics and I was thinking about Jane Austin as I did this piece and how the English must always dream of Spring. Maybe that is just me projecting my love of Spring and Summer.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Music is my muse. I create paintings to music. Try this yourself. Get your tools out, brushes, markers or whatever and put on some music. Let yourself flow with the melody and paint the sound.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Where Has the Summer Gone?

For some crazy reason, I have been on art binge where I am creating pieces with nudes. This is new to me but it has been a fun exploration.

Sandra and I spent all last winter working on our new book, Surface Techniques Workshop, and it has helped me incorporate much more to my art. In this piece I have several different transfers but have also incorporated skins, stencils, Crazy Easy Transfer Painting and collage. The fish is a wonderful 3-d element that was a gift from a friend.

Play, have fun, and paint like crazy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm Back

Time Dance 12x12

June has disappeared, but now I am back. Here is a new painting called Time Dance. It may explain the time warp I have been in. This painting utilizes a new type of transfer called pulled paper that will be in the Surface Treatment book that will be out next year. The technique works with ink jet or newspapers. Simply apply some polymer medium to the surface, place the newsprint down and rub. Hum the Jeopardy song twice (or about 30 seconds if you don't know the song) and then pull the paper off. Some of the text stays and some from the reverse side is also glued on. This is a very abstract and rough transfer, but you can see that it adds an interesting graphic quality to the layer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Be Happy

Sandra and I have been busy with our second book on surface treatments and I has been an incredibly expanding experience. It taught me to push the limits of every technique.

This piece, Be Happy, made me feel so good to do. It started with an vintage scrapbook that a dear friend had given me. The image transfer over it made a tattoo image on the girl's arm which I love. I also used paint and gel skins and a faux encaustic finish.

I never use a straight image transfer. I am painting under it and over it to make it mesh with the whole painting.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Transparency Transfers

Ferns and Forms 8x8 by Sandra Duran Wilson
I love texture and layers and this piece has both. I have used a transparency and created a texture on it by rubbing with graphite over a textured plate. I glued the transparency down over a painted surface. There is a band of painted silk and the bottom has texture created by dragging a tool through gel medium.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

All kinds of transfers

City Serenade 24x24 Sandra Duran Wilson

This painting has about every kind of transfer you can imagine from gel, plastic heat, water slide decal, gampi tissue, paint and gum arabic transfers. All of these and more are found in the book. Darlene and I have just finished the art for our second book and we go to Cincinnati for the photo shoot at the end of the month. More exciting techniques to come.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Color of Sound

Sandra Duran Wilson The Color of Sound acrylic 48x48
This is a new painting incorporating some of the techniques Darlene and I have been working on for our next book with North Light Publishers. We are very excited about this book on surface treatments. It combines naturally with Image Transfer Workshop. We are taking several tried and true techniques and experimenting and pushing them to new levels. Stay tuned.