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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Book Inspired II

Book Inspired Pair

Here are a couple of paintings I just completed that ended up being inspired by another vintage children’s book.  Initially, I was working on making a pair of black and white paintings based on a Life Book 2016 lesson.  I had started by collaging on pieces of magazine imagines that were black and white.  Next I drew in vases with rose buds and painted using only black and white paint.  I just couldn’t get them to where I liked them.  I needed color!

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I looked through my vintage children’s book collection and found one that had some lovely line work in the drawings along with hints of soft pastel colors for inspiration.

I adhered some of the torn book pages over the previous paintings and then painted sections using colors inspired by the colors in illustrations.  I added paint by lightly sponging on various colors.  I then covered some of the color by lightly rolling gesso over the pieces using a brayer.  Next I added in more color until I liked the way it looked.   I also did a little stenciling through some drywall tape using black paint.  I wanted the pieces to have somewhat of a shiny surface and decided to use some Golden tar gel.  I put a layer of the tar gel on the paintings but they came out too shiny so I added a couple of layers of Collage Pauge in matte to tone down some of the shine.

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Each piece measures 6 x 12 inches and are on cradled wood panels.  The sides are painted black.

Girl on Fire

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This painting was inspired by Mindy Lacefield’s painting on the cover of the Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 Somerset Studio Art Journaling magazine.  I was working on a piece of mixed media paper and just putting some paint down, not really knowing where it was going.  As I started to grab another paint color, I noticed the magazine laying nearby.  I decided that it would be my inspiration.   I sketched in the girl using a charcoal pencil.  I’m not sure where that wild pink hair came from!  I just felt like making marks with a pink water soluble oil pastel and so that is what I did.  My sister told me that her hair looked like it was on fire.  I had to laugh because I did notice myself singing that song “Girl on Fire”, by Alicia Keys, while finishing her up.

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I mounted the painting to a wood panel and was going to paint the sides black, but I ended up liking the look of the gesso layers I had prepped the wood with.   It had a white washed look similar to the painting.  I did run around the edges with a dark grey big brush marker to frame it a bit.

Connections

IMG_3609I haven’t felt well this entire month so I have done very little in the way of art.   I wasn’t sure I was going to have anything to post this week but then remembered this painting I did back in December.    After painting a wood panel with gesso,  I drew in some triangular shapes with a graphite pencil and then added some India inks and acrylics.  I used a rubber stamp and some white acrylic paint to create the white lines.  I named it Connections because that is what came to mind as I was looking at the triangle shapes.

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I’m on my third day of antibiotics and am finally starting to feel better.  I am looking forward to this weekend (supposed to be sunny and in the upper 50’s) and I am hoping to get some art time in.  Have a great weekend!

Wax on Watercolor

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Here are 2 of the latest pieces I created using watercolors and wax on 6 x 6″ wood panels.

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I started out by painting an 11 x 14  sheet of watercolor paper with washes of yellow golds, purples and pinks.  After I determined what sections of the painting I wanted to use, I cut out two pieces of the painting about a quarter inch larger than the panels.

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I used PVA glue to adhere the pieces to the panels and used a brayer to smooth out the paper.  I stacked books on top and let dry overnight.  Once the glue was dry, I trimmed off the excess paper using a craft knife.   I felt that the paintings  looked a bit washed out so I enhanced the color a little by smudging in some metallic Gelatos in purple and gold to a few places on the painting.

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Next I heated the panels with my heat gun and then brushed on a layer of wax, fused and then repeated.  I smoothed out the wax with a little mini iron but there are still some nice little ripples and texture that I love to see when light hits the wax.  While the wax was still slightly warm, I sprinkled on some gold mica flakes and lightly pressed them into the wax.  Once the wax completely cooled, I used the side of my hand to buff.  This gave them a good shine and when the light hits them just right, it looks like glass.

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Before I added the wax and mica flakes to the two pieces, I decided to do a practice run with the wax and mica flakes.  I had never used the flakes before and wasn’t sure if I wanted them on the paintings.  I had a piece of masonite with mixed media paper adhered to it ready to use as a practice piece.  I quickly painted on some watercolor paints in the same colors used for the panel paintings.   I enhanced with the Gelatos and then added the wax and flakes.  I was really happy with how the practice piece came out!  I’m thinking about putting it in a floating frame.  I love it when you can just let go without any expectations and you end up with something you really like.

Switching It Up

Paper Paint Collage on Wood

This painting was going to be another page for my Life Book journal but, after it was finished, I decided to mount it to a wood panel instead.

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This is how it started out.  I planned on adding a little character figure to it and thought it was going to be another Juliette Crane inspired page.  I got sidetracked with other things and put it aside.

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When I started working on it again,  I decided it needed a little collage.  I had an old adding machine paper roll laying on my table and colored some of it with pink and blue watercolor markers and then scribbled on some circles with a blue pen.  I tore bits of the paper and added it randomly to the water color paper using Collage Pauge.  The adding machine paper was so thin that you really can’t even tell there is collage on the painting.  Next I added some more paint and doodles.  I then thought of Flora Bowley’s Life Book lesson and decided to paint in some floral and other marks using black India ink instead of adding a character.  After the ink dried, I scribbled over some of it with a white pen.  To make the circles pop out, I smudged in a bit of Red Cherry and Passion Fruit Gelatos.  I’m loving that even though there are so many colors in this, they all seem to work together.