Monday, August 27, 2007

Here's another one

Passage 28
Acrylic, mixed media
Hi folks,
Here's another in the series. This is where I discovered the joy of covering a crummy area with a layer of decorative paper. Sometimes pieces just don't want to come together, they become a struggle. I set it aside while I work on other canvases, keep looking at it and ask it what it wants. Sometimes I get the silent treatment and sometimes it actually tells me - "see that paper over there? tear it up and start gluing" I'm always happier when it talks to me and tells me what to do. The end result is much better. The lesson is having the patience to listen and learning how to get out of my own way. In other words.......relax and have fun with it!
choose happiness,

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Passage 27
This is another Passage piece I had fun with. It's got all sorts of things included in the media. There's plain copy paper, texture gels, garnets, wire, oriental paper, colored pencil and acrylic paint. Did you know that some Prismacolor pencils change color when layered with matte gel medium? I didn't until I did it on this one. Always do a test swatch when layering pencils with other media. The dark purple turned into hot pink when I covered it with the gel. That was a shocker! I went back over it with color but it still altered the color of the lines that I had put down. Over all I'm still happy with the piece but it's something to be aware of when working in mixed media - how the layers work together.

Happiness is a choice.
Til next time,

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Passage 22
Acrylic with mixed media
Hi all,
Once again it's been a very long time since the last post. It's amazing how much time and effort it takes to put on a wedding, and my daughter did most of the work. She was a beautiful bride!
Now that the dust has settled it's time to get back to work. I've been continuing with the Passage series. Right now I'm working on numbers 37 through 42. I have to have several going at once because of drying time and my lack of patience. Something I do on one piece can also inspire a new idea on the next one so this working method keeps me going. This particular one - #22, has two different acrylic texture gels, metallic thread and collaged watercolor papers. There just seems to be something new to say on each and every one of these. When will I stop? Who knows.
Remember to choose happiness,