This miniature collage started in one place and ended in another. Another example of my art telling where it needs to go! I began by applying a thick layer of gesso to a large postcard. Once it was dry I drew designs on it with a water-soluble crayon and softened it with water. Today began using watercolor to add detail to the surface. But unfortunately I ended up with what looked like a face, and an unhappy one at that. So, I had some tissue paper close at hand and began applying it in small pieces. As I went along the pieces grew larger and the result much more compelling. I love the color blocks in this and the way you can see through the layers. It was a good start to my day and though I would love to move onto my large canvas right now the grocery store beckons. Ugh!
Okay, I just couldn’t resist putting this image in at full size. It has so much more impact that way. It may not be the most beautiful postcard I’ve made, but I like the colors and the way I created it was so much fun that I wanted to share it. I started with a postcard, as usual, that had bright pretty colors. When I started I didn’t expect to ever see those colors. I took crackle medium and covered the surface of the postcard. There were a few small gaps, where I didn’t do a perfect job with my palette knife, but I kind of liked them and opted not to fill them. I let it dry and came back the next morning. It had crackled like crazy. I started using a water soluble crayon to add color and then applied water with a brush. As I was doing this parts of the surface cracked right off. Oops! I didn’t mind but I know that this card wouldn’t last without an “intervention”! Inspiration struck. I grabbed some self-leveling clear medium that I had bought. I poured some onto the surface and spread it out. Voila! It is now completely sealed and has a lovely glossy finish. I liked the result so much that I just put crackle on another postcard to take another stab at this new game. Happy Monday!
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What a beautiful weekend it has been here in New England. I had hoped to do a lot of art last week but it was not to be. It was a crazy, hectic week filled with lots of activities that could not be avoided. No matter. It’s Sunday and the start of a brand new week of adventure. On Friday I did make it upstairs for a short while to play at my table. The first thing I did was to put this postcard together. I call it Court Jester because I see a jester with a silly hat in the white paint. This was a piece of wax paper that I was using as a drop cloth while doing other work. I cut this section and glued it to an old postcard that had a rather prominent color design. It provides some interesting shapes beneath the wax paper. I also started a couple of other larger postcards that are still in process. I’m thinking that they may get posted tomorrow. We’ll see. I have to help hang at show at Galatea Fine Art and get my daughter to a doctor’s appointment. But I can still hope!
Well, I got a bit radical today. I felt that this piece, overall, was a bit too bright. Moreover, while I really like how the upper portions were evolving I was not happy with the bottom portions. I sat for some time to figure out how to change what was there. But sometimes you have to let go. I let go of the parts I didn’t like by using a black glaze over them to reduce the red and reduce the “noise”. I am happy with the result and I feel it gives me a fresh perspective. I think I was stuck because I didn’t like where this piece was headed. I have now given it a new direction and I feel great to have taken the plunge. Now I have to go make guacamole for the Pats versus the Ravens. GO PAT’S!!!!!!!!!
I spent time on my large canvas today. I thumbed through my postcards and art to look for inspiration on where to go next with this piece. I do plan to add more words but that wasn’t where my head was at today. I decided that I love sort of odd-shaped checkerboard patterns and I decided to try adding that to this piece to see how it would look. I chose the narrow sections around some of my orbs as I thought it would integrate them into the overall design better. So far I am happy with the result and I do feel the orbs now feel more integrated and incorporated into the overall design. I also used marker on some of the words to bring them into sharper focus. I am moving forward with this piece and it feels good. I have to keep my momentum going even at the risk of taking a misstep. I have to remember that this is a fluid, process-based piece that will continue to evolve. Missteps are all part of the journey! I posted a before and after picture so I could see my progress. The first picture (before) is a bit over exposed but still allows for comparison.
I am very excited so I had to get right on and post about it. I had decided I wanted to add some text to my black, white and red canvas. Rather than painting or writing the text, I wanted to print it out and transfer it to the canvas using matte medium. To do this I had to print the words backwards which is an option that my print menu does not afford me. However, I have found the answer! I opened a Word document and typed in some text as word art. Then I pulled the right side of the word art over the left edge which reversed the text. Voila! I printed the reversed text and applied it to the canvas. It was a bit of a rudimentary attempt that needs more care and precision. All the same, I am happy to have found the solution. Check back later for further updates on how well I can make this work for me!
Hmmmmm, I know the answer to the riddle that starts that way is the newspaper, but I’m talking about a large canvas I have in progress. I felt compelled to try to work large. It seems that so much work is done on a large-scale and I should try it. It has been very difficult for me. It’s hard to “play” with a large piece. It’s harder to work on an easel instead of flat on my table. The large pieces seem to take forever, mostly because I am stymied by them. The first one took a long time and I was happy with the result. This one , which 36’x48′, is also taking a long time and I’m somewhat at a loss where to go next. I thought I would post a picture because I think whatever I do next may be radical and push much of the current work into the background. Then again, I’m not sure of that. You’ll just have to wait and see – much like me!
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