New beginnings

Since last October I’ve been playing around with the notion of working smaller. Like less than 16″ smaller. And I hate to admit this but there are plenty of my large work out there in galleries to keep them busy for the next several months with a sufficient supply squirreled away in my studio for back up. (So if you’re in the market for a large Swider piece call me! Kidding.) (Not kidding:-) 

Anyway back to my thought. Working smaller. I find it difficult to make my style fit onto a small canvas. Most of this is because of the way I lay down paint. I paint the entire piece at the same time and there is a certain rhythm to those brush strokes. It’s just not that easy to get that mindless arm motion confined onto a 12″ square. Below is a piece of water color rag in progress on which you can see what I mean by this. 

Making my own collage paper

I’ve gone round and round in my head and with my artist bud @jayjacobsart for ideas. His thought is to clip a bunch of small canvases together and work them as a whole, then break apart and tweak them into a finished product. I like this idea and I’m definitely going to pursue it. Later. Because this happened:

I created a small series of paintings for the Seeds Show at Westobou Gallery. Which got me thinking how can I combine this idea with how I usually paint. And then Eureka!! It hit me. Paint large on paper or canvas and use that as collage materials for smaller works. It’s giving me fits sorting out the aesthetic and mechanics. But I’m like a dog with a bone with this kind of problem solving so I won’t be deterred. Below are a few of my fits and starts. I’ll keep you posted with my progress. 

 Meanwhile please keep buying my book and videos on Amazon or  Northlight. My sincerest appreciation for all of your support and positive feedback. Haven’t left feedback yet? Could you? Pretty please? Thanks gang. Love you bunches. Until later, XO -staci 

My first attempt. Ugh

Getting warmer.

Getting closer to my vision

Cooking with gas now!


I’m still waiting for photos of everyone’s finished paintings from Artzilla so I thought I’d post some process pics I took over the weekend. 

my inspiration

first i made paint blobs on olastic.

texture paste underneath then my favorite reds

layed out the flowers first

i used a photograph of my Ruby for reference

playing with neutrals

Ruby Do

Artzilla recap

Another Artzilla live painting weekend has come and gone. I sincerely love getting to hang out with like minded creatives and paint outdoors for an entire weekend. 

The event takes place at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta art festival in Augusta,GA. This was my 6th year participating in this event and every year I use it as an excuse to try something different with regards to my art making. This year’s goal was to use less color and more light vs dark. 

At the eleventh hour I decided to include my bulldog Ruby who is black and white. I think by adding her in the extreme foreground it helped to force a little perspective to the house shape and make the overall composition a little more engaging. 

I used as many lightest lights as I could garner from the paint I took with me and pushed the darks to include navy, brown, and dark violet. All in all I’m pleased with the result. 

“Ruby Do”, 30×30, is currently up for auction to benefit the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. I’ll post photos and links for the other participants later this week. Let me know if you’d like to jump into the bidding! Support the kiddos and their art programs. 

Staci XO

30×30 mixed media

Paint chips

Still fooling around with a concept I shared as extra content for my book “Acrylic Expressions”. If you own the book there is a link on the last page that takes you to the basic directions for this idea. These little samples are further exploration to that end. Simply using old paint chips incorporated into these tiny collages. I’m finally getting into a groove.

How do you use old supplies laying around your workspace?