Donc, le Papier


Very early on a good friend showed me how to do what at the time was called “pour painting on paper.”  Simply put, water is used to dilute acrylic paints ever so slightly to get them to spread freely and interact at different rates on wet paper.  I loved the effects I could get by adding new colour after different periods of drying time, tilting the paper, pressing or sponging off in areas, and more.  I could play with this endlessly until my studio would be littered with these colourful gems drying in every horizontal space available.

I had sold all of my earliest works and itched to do more.  Some months ago, when I decided to clear off my surfaces and create more, I realized that what I was doing nowadays had strayed significantly from the original method, and I had modified it enough that it was time to call it something new, something mine.  I also realized that I am quite systematic in the steps I take to prepare the paper, the paints, and the amount of wetness I allow in the various stages.  In explaining it all to my sister, she said I reminded her of our older aunt, who spoke French to us, always using the word “donc” at the beginning of each step when giving instructions or telling a story – “donc” means “so.”  She then suggested I call the method “donc, le papier.”  And now, you take the paper … 


It might not mean much to anyone (and the French might cringe), but it means the world to me.

While most of these paintings are done on standard size (8.5″x11″) 140 lb water colour paper, I have also done some on larger sizes of water colour paper.  Ménage, a recent addition, shoes how these look placed in black frames with white matte and black inner edging.

Listing and Prices

All of these are 12″x15″ in matted frames, and go for $90 Cdn.   Delight is in a broad black frame and goes for $280 Cdn.


Listing of Pour Paintings that have SOLD:

All are framed and 12″x 15″ unless listed otherwise.  Morning Glory and Beckoning Blooms, each 19″x15″ (framed) sold recently.



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