Seeing Trees

My daughter and I took a lot of pictures of trees last week during the unusually warm weather.  I am planning to start a new body of work centered around trees and tree shadows.  I love their lacy shapes.  I have included a few of the uncropped pictures that I particularly like.  I can’t wait to see how I can capture these images in mixed media.

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Spring Has Sprung

It is a gorgeous spring day here in New England.  We are having unseasonably warm temperatures and everyone is enjoying this gift.  I thought I would look back and see if I had created any “spring-like” postcards in the past that I could repost today.  I found this one called Spring Jewel.   I have put the original description of how I created it below.  It includes glass bead medium, which caught the light when I took the photograph , and added a nice effect.  Enjoy and happy spring!

The colors of spring continue to influence my art this week.  I started this piece by pressing some green paint and gloss medium between some wax paper and then pressing it onto my card.  To this I added glass bead medium.  Once that had dried I went around the edges in black watercolor and added a red-orange accent to the middle.  I left the piece for a few hours and came back to complete it.  It needed more so I added yellow to the black around the edges trying to remove more of the remaining white.  That improved it, but as usual I still wasn’t satisfied.  The finishing touch was returning to the magenta that I used yesterday.  I took a nice and watery full brush of color and applied it to the center area.  It bled and ran just a bit and to me looked wonderful.  I added some more accents around the edges and declared it done.

Emerging Cosmos – Complete

I thought I would post one final picture of Emerging Cosmos now that it is completed.  I had not been able to get a picture of it with accurate color.  This past weekend I took it outside on the deck to photograph it.  It was a cloudy but bright day which I have heard is great for photographing art.  I did get the best picture of it outside.  Of course, it was a bit chilly!  It was before the warm spell that we had for the last few days.  Now it is time to get back to Winter Trees and this weeks postcard for the postcard challenge.  We will be visiting the Netherlands tomorrow.  Stop by and tune in to the on-going saga between Evie and Brian.

Emerging Cosmos Has Emerged

I spent a great deal of time on this piece today adding fine details to areas that seemed a bit amorphous.  I think that it is finally complete.  I will have to live with it a few days to be sure, but at this point I feel there will be little if anything to be done.  It feels good to have finished it.  It is 36″x40″ and is the largest piece I have ever undertaken.  Woohoo!