A Bit of Gold

I’ve been away on a wonderful trip with my daughter and granddaughter for the past week.  We went to Walt Disney World in Florida and then on a Disney cruise and had such a great time.   It was a very busy week though and I am happy to get back home and back to creating.

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I finished a couple of abstract paintings shortly before leaving on the trip.  They were inspired by a gold leaf painting I had seen on Pinterest.  The first painting (above) is on an 8 x 10 inch wood panel.  I started by gluing down some tissue paper that had a map print on it.  After that I applied wall paint in white mint and aqua using a palette knife.  I also added some white paint letting it mix with the wall paint.  I kept building the layers and scratching into the paint.  I used a sea sponge to randomly had bits of the darker blue color onto the bottom portion of the panel.  Next I added collage medium in spots across the panel and added the gold leaf over the medium.  I also added little bits of gold leaf in other areas on the painting.  I painted the sides in the white mint color.

After I completed the smaller one, I decided to go bigger.  The painting below is on a 20 x 24 inch canvas with the sides painted and gold leaf added there as well.  It looks very similar to the first only much bigger.

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Have a wonderful week!

Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find What Sparks a Light in You

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This painting was created based off a lesson in the Layers of Light course I am taking given by Laly Mille.   I love her teaching style and her beautiful light filled art.  If you haven’t taken her class, I would strongly recommend it.  The price is very good and you get so much out of even just one lesson.  She gives six lessons in the course.  So far I have completed two.  Here is the first painting I created from one of the lessons.

I added a few quotes to this painting.  One of them was by Oprah that reads – You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.   The inspiration I received from Lally’s lessons definitely sparked a light in me and I hope to create many more light filled paintings.

The flowers at the bottom were created with alcohol inks dropped onto the canvas.  I have never cared for alcohol inks much and very seldom use them.  Laly really likes using them so I thought I would give them another try.  Once I got the first few drops down, I rather liked the way it looked.  You can tell I got a little carried away but it was fun!

I hope you all have found or will soon find what sparks a light in you!

Debbie

 

Decisions, Decisions

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I haven’t got much art time in lately with all the holiday preparations going on.   It feels like forever since I’ve posted anything on the blog.   I have been working on this painting off and on for awhile now and it isn’t finished yet.  It is on a 9 x 12″ piece of mixed media paper and I can’t decide if I want to cut it down into two smaller pieces or not.  Guess I will put it aside again and get back to wrapping presents.

I wish you all Happy Holidays!

Debbie

Cake Art from Turkey

Imagine my surprise when I found the following email in my inbox yesterday:

My name is Ece Seval and I live in Turkey. I have a bachelor degree in Product Design but I have decided to follow my dreams of being a cake master chef and now I am designing cakes! You are wondering why I am telling you these but I would like to design cakes from paintings those inspired me. Especially the abstract ones! With this idea, i’ve just glanced at pinterest to find some abstract art pieces. Than boom! I’ve just crushed on your ‘Cotton Candy’ painting:) Amazing colors! I am sending a picture of my cake, that I got inspired from your painting.

Here is Ece’s amazing cake…cake

and here is my painting that inspired her cake.

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She did such an incredible job of recreating the paint colors in the cake icing and I love that chocolate ring around it!

If you want to see more of Ece’s cake art, you can find her on Instagram here:  https://www.instagram.com/pasta_pandasi/

 

 

Abstract on Paper

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I recently completed a couple of abstract paintings but only have a picture of one of them to post for now.  I somehow managed to mess up the settings on my camera and haven’t taken the time to figure out how to fix it.

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I do love painting on paper and then mounting it to a wood panel.  This began as a piece of mixed media paper I used to add leftover paint to while working on another project.  I have a number of papers like this just waiting to be finished.  If I only had more time for art!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

You Get a Line…

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I am taking an on-line mixed media workshop called Layers of Light by Laly Mille.  I have only had time to create one piece from the first lesson but enjoyed it so much!  I am looking forward to working on the next lesson, which is with plaster and encaustic.

I’m calling this piece You Get a Line because, after adding the image of the boys going fishing, I kept singing that Little Big Town song, Boondocks.  The three little round pieces are crinoid fossils from a lake in southern Indiana.  I almost didn’t add them because I thought they kind of looked like Cheerios.  I showed the piece to my daughter after I had finished it.  She asked me what the little circles were.  I told her and she said “Oh, I thought they were Cheerios!”  🙂

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