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Daydreamer I, sumi ink figure painting, collage 6 x 6

This week I started a new series which I'm calling Daydreamer. It's based on a loose pen drawing I did last year. Using sumi ink and a hard bristle sumi brush, I painted the figure on rice paper. I then tore off the rice paper that was not part of the figure drawing and adhered the painting to my watercolor paper. The background is a collage of monoprinted papers. I also added acrylic to the shirt to give it a slight tonal change.

daydream I, lamp light
daydreamer I - room shot

When I need a break from art, I either volunteer at the no-kill cat shelter or go thrift store shopping. This week we had lots of rain and ice, so I didn't drive to see the cats. However, the thrift store is within walking distance and I found a cool ceramic male doll's head. It's now a photo prop!

When I finished this latest mixed media collage, I sat for a few minutes trying to think of a title. I find it hard sometimes to title my art works. With this one, Daydreamer came right to mind. The figure reminded me of being lost in thought, focused yet abstracted. I often daydream while I'm doing my art.

Lately, I've been daydreaming about owning a house and being able to have some kitties and dogs again. That is a long way off. For now, I'm enjoying the daydream and being grateful for the time I have on this beautiful island.

What have you been daydreaming about lately?


  1. Nice piece of art. I love buying fromthrift stores too and often use the stuff for my photo shoots. Merry Christmas and a happy year to you!

  2. It's a lovely piece on its own but in that frame it looks amazing. Beautifully done and lovely photograph.

  3. Love the painting and reading about its creation. hmm..I daydream about painting more, writing more.
    Wishing you joy and fulfillment of your dreams! :)

  4. i love the simplicity of the line drawing. it looks great framed

  5. I love your new series, Juana. I can't wait to see what else comes forth from this little project. :)

  6. Um, sweet thrift store find! I'm kind of jealous ;). Your compositions are always so complete, so well balanced. I admire the simplicity of the lines, and the complexity of balance and full story . . . told with few lines like poetry. Every stroke and texture has meaning.

  7. love your daydreamer, I should do more of that myself!

  8. i really like the loose lines of this! can't wait to see what comes next!

  9. Love the contrast of the simple line drawing and the rich background, beautiful! Merry Christmas! <3

  10. BEAUTIFUL daydreamer, the citrusy colors and the pure, simple elegance of shapes & colors. While in the midst of creativity I daydream a lot. Lately I daydream of my art on show at a cafe or gallery.. something to work towards in 2013. :o) Happy Holly-Days ((HUGS))

  11. I see a couple of you like hunting for treasures in thrift store too.

    Tracy, maybe 2013 will be your year for an art show!


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