Author Archives: Claudia McGill

About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

I Am Not Empty-Headed

Acrylics, acrylic inks, and India ink, 24″ x 18″, on masonite, January, 2019.

I bought stacks of masonite panels in various sizes and gessoed all of them black. I have stored them in my basement. I don’t want to paint for selling at shows anymore, as I have said, and so I’ve quit buying cradled panels, as they take up a lot of room and are more expensive than just a flat piece of masonite.

These boards expect nothing of me and I feel free to do any old thing to them. After all, I could stack about a million of them in my basement and my pocketbook will not suffer, since these panels cost very little. I can sell them or give them away or stand them out at the street by my mailbox and see if anyone stops to take one away.

So I’ve been painting as the notion takes me. This person is one of the results.

I Am Not Empty-Headed 24 x 18 1-191


Person, Cats, and Thoughts

Here is a painting done in February 2019. It’s 14″ x 11″ on masonite, done in acrylics, India ink, and acrylic inks.

The name of it is: “Two Cats and Lost in Thought”. Two of my favorite things – cats and thinking. Thinking and cats.

Two Cats and Lost in Thought 14 x 11 2-197

Pattern Guy

For a little while I’ve been using a technique for my clay tiles in which I color the background (usually in black) and then take my Chinese bamboo brush and use it and various underglazes to fill in around a shape that I see only in my mind, until it emerges on the tile. Negative space painting, kind of, and something I learned from a book in the last year.

Anyway, for this tile, I did things a little differently. I colored it with random splotches of underglaze colors and then filled around it. The person emerged, dressed in a patterned personality. So did a grid of eyes.

I cannot explain. Don’t ask me how it all happened. It just did.

Terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with velvet underglazes, January 2019.
Clay tile @ 7x7 multi-colored creature and eyes 1-192

Puff People on the March

I recently finished this group of puff people. Some are tiny, no taller than my thumb, others a little bigger, but none of them take up much space.

They were made in February 2019, terracotta clay fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes.

Puff People group 2-194

They have patterns on their backs, too. I could paint patterns like this all day long.

Here are a couple of individual portraits.

Similar Color Schemes

Here are two compositions. They were done several months apart but I must have liked the color scheme because I returned to it. And without knowing it until I looked at the photos I’d done of the two.

Well, if you liked it once, you will probably like it again, right?

First painting: 7″ x 5″, acrylics and ink and crayon. Two people facing opposite directions (I describe the painting because being so small, I didn’t give it a name.)

Two People Facing Opposite Directions 10-18 5 x 705

Second painting: ” Why Oh Why Oh Why”, acrylics and ink, 24″ x 18″ on masonite, 2/19.

Why Oh Why Oh Why 24 x 18 2-198