Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I thought I would share a couple images of the process for this piece I am working on right now. I have never taken a class or even read anything about how to do a mixed media painting so these are amateur directions!
This image to the left is basically where I started. The canvas is wooden cradled canvas that I got from a fellow artist's website. Her husband hand makes them and they are just great and I was actually able to afford them - these can be very expensive at an art supply store. If you are interested you can get them at
I did a basic drawing getting a feeling for broad shapes. Then I went over it with a black sharpie so I would be able to see the lines and shapes through the tracing paper.
Next I traced the basic lines onto tracing paper and then cut out shapes. I traced these shapes onto the different papers I wanted to use and then cut out all my colorful shapes. This is the fun part - I think - you get to look at all the different patterns and colors and feel out what should go together. Next I kind of placed the papers on the canvas working on a flat surface like a table or if my knees can take it the floor. It's sort of like making a quilt but better because you don't have to sew - you glue. If I mess up with my color balance I just fix it at this point or later with paint and/or papers.
Then I paint the glue on the back of the paper and press it on the wood. When I first started doing this last year I used regular Elmer's glue but it didn't work very well. I don't know what other artist's use but I have been using Modge Podge and it's worked great for me so far.
Since I was working with unprimed wood I next primed the bare areas and used a little acrylic paint to tint the primer so I could remember my initial lines and shapes.
Then I modge podged over my paper cutouts that are pasted on the canvas - coating the top of them for extra adhesion but I was careful not to get too much on the other areas so I wouldn't have problems with the paint adhering to the parts of the canvas I wanted to paint. I let it dry overnight although I often don't.
To be continued................
As you can see the process can be a bit messy. This is only a fifth of all the stuff I have circling around me when I do the mixed media pieces. It is messy but it is so much fun.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This painting is called Cat In the Flowers. I know I posted it before but here it is again.
This cat was bid up and won by an old friend of mine George Sava. George is an amazing artist in his own right and you should definitely check out his website - http://www.georgesava.com/ he does some really interesting things with photography and gallery canvas.
After the cat sold I got an email from someone who was outbid asking if I could do another one. I don't do duplicates of my paintings. For one thing I like that every painting is original but mostly I just cant. It seems that trying to be precise kind of cuts the flow. I am however going to try and do another in a similar style and we'll see if the bidder likes it.
I hope you all have a great start to the week!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I have so much to share with you guys. I have lots of new paintings brewing and they will all be posted soon. I also have an old friend and a great artist that just bid on some of the paintings and I will be featuring his website. So......stay tuned.
I wish you all the very best weekend and lots of good happy thoughts!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Firstly, it was an odd coincidence that Audrey Eclectic wrote about this today since the first thing on my mind this morning was whether or not I could sell the painting shown on the left. I know the image isn't the greatest quality but hopefully you can get the idea through the blurriness and the poor light. In case the image isn't familiar to you I will tell you it is the three of cups and though the style and colors are my own; the position of the three women; right down to the grapes in the hand of the lady is taken from the art of Pamela Coleman Smith who did the illustrations for the tarot that we are most familiar with. When I painted the painting I assumed that her work is in the public domain, since the tarot was published in 1909.
US Games who issues the tarot cards claims some copyright to the tarot, although it is unclear exactly what they can really own beyond the borders, card backs and packaging. Well I was just going to keep the painting or give it away - probably to one of my girlfriends. (Two of my friends were an inspiration for the painting and are portrayed in it). The Sergeant (my fiancee) said I should go ahead and sell it and then of course he went and did more research. It turns out Pamela Coleman Smith stole the position of the three women from a Boticelli painting that includes the three graces.
Secondly, I think artists have been stealing and shooting off in inspired ways since time began. I think there have also been copy cats that are unoriginal, trite and cliche since time began. It is a blurry line though. Every time a cover band in some small time bar sings - oh I don't know Amie do they pay royalties to Pure Prarie League - probably not - but they are stealing technically - since they are making a profit. That is not to say I condone blatantly trying to copy another artist just to make a buck.
Finally, I think I am just saying all art is derivative to some extent and I am still trying to understand that myself. I do know I believe in finding your voice - it serves art, it serves life but most of all it serves your own soul!
All my best,
Monday, April 20, 2009
Well here is another painting that is up on ebay this week- she really looks much better in person. I took photos yesterday but the sun just wouldn't come out. Even when it is sunny it is really hard to capture colors accurately. The only good part is that people are even happier when they get their package.
This is titled the Queen Of Cups. I have always been drawn to iconic, mythological and religious art and a lot of my art is inspired in some way by the tarot. The Queen Of Cups is a card of emotions and as I understand it filtered into the Queen of Hearts in the playing cards - that's why she has some hearts floating around her.
I really wish you could all see her in person but I guess I have to accept the limitations of the monitor.
See you all soon.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Well the girls left- ahhhh. It was so great to see my friends. I was inspired by our visit and after the house emptied out; I painted three paintings in one day. Of course that means the laundry still isn't done and the carpet really needs to be vacuumed. Oh well all in good time.
This is one of the paintings listed on ebay tonight. I am going to post some more pix of the other ones tomorrow and talk about them.
I am just a bit tired of staring at the computer screen tonight. I spent most of the day trying to get good photos of the paintings and getting them up on ebay.
See you all soon.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
And since this blog is about art .... those hats we are wearing are handmade by a woman in California. Lisa (red hat right) brought them back for us from her home town. We are the crazy hat ladies!
See you all soon!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This is how she turned out and I am very happy with her. I knew she was going to be Maia from the get go. Maia - the earth Goddess radiates heat and brings everything to life. I wanted to make her face from all different flowered papers along with some home made paper. She started out great and then I got a little stuck. Luckily, my husband comes in handy at this point. I bring his fresh eyes and his degree in Art History into the studio and he always opens the door for me. He took one look at her in her earlier stage and said you need to balance the reds and make the flowers bigger - voila - he saved me hours of looking at her upside down - which is one of the tricks to figure out what is wrong with a painting. Thank you John!
This is a little image of my latest mixed media at her beginning stage. The papers in the background were all the different papers I had spread out everywhere. The canvas originally had the beginnings of a cat mandala but I couldn't get the flower in the center to work and the paint got very thick so I decided to re prime and use the canvas for collage. I never like to waste art supplies!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Baskets brimming with artsy supplies - Fabric & Buttons, Paints & Brushes, Baubles & Bows, Trinkets & Treasures!