In the last post I said that in the gallery (at Olde Towne Art) a lot of artists paint on canvas and that's how come their studios look "full". I decided that I needed to create a few larger pieces to "cover my wall space" but I had never painted on canvas before. Well in the art world I'll try anything once so I bought myself some canvas. I had no idea what I was going to do so I started with my favorite color pink. The first thing that popped into my head, that was pink, was the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons. I have a good friend that is battling breast cancer right now so this is in honor of her:
I wanted to add dimension after I painted the background silver so I added black paint to ceramic stucco and painted the door and ground. I then mixed varying shades of pink with a heavy gel medium. The ribbon is made out of pink sculpey clay.
While I was researching quotes to put on my first piece I came across a quote that inspired me to make my second piece. This one is called Sunshine.
Again I mixed reds, oranges, yellows and gold with my heavy gel medium to create texture in the sun. This piece, and the previous one, both measure 9" X 14".
For my third one I knew I wanted more texture whether it be fabric, yarn, paper or anything else that inspired me. I went to a local art store where I knew they had a bin of cheap craft yarn and there I found inspiration. My third one is called Under The Sea:
First I painted the canvas in swirls of greens and blues. The inspiration was the bumpy yarn, it looked like seaweed to me. Again I wanted dimension so I made the fish out of sculpey clay then painted them.
While digging through the yarn bin I found 2 more skeins of yarn that also inspired me. My last one was made with red, grey and silver yarn and acrylic paint. It is untitled.
I was aiming for three finished canvases before we went out of town for Thanksgiving but I managed to do four before my creativity slowed down and I am very pleased with all of them. I will be hanging them on my studio wall this afternoon just in time for the Christmas shoppers!
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!