Thursday, July 29, 2010

Art Journal - BLISS

Work is the surest path to success
July 29, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Button Bunny and Dogwoods - Acrylic Mixed Media

This recycled canvas is my favorite. The inspirational napkin was worth all of the $6.oo that it cost! I love the colors - I love the coffee filters and I love the antique buttons! It takes guts to paint over a painting - even a bad painting - but the opportunities can be so interesting. This painting had so much to work with, elements from the original that work so well with the new design. Is it luck - or was this bunny just waiting for me to find him?
SIDEBAR COMMENT: I had this painting in a local show and one of the viewers was surprised when I told her I had drawn the bunny, she thought it was a collaged picture from a magazine! On one hand - a compliment - on the other, if my audience thinks it is collaged found paper, does that decrease the value of the painting? That bunny is my own colored pencil drawing, made into an acrylic medium transfer - a lot of work there!!
July 24, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Recycled Canvas - Green Art

My second Recycled Canvas . . . I've chosen this bunny drawing for the acrylic transfer and the blue napkin with the dogwood blossoms for the theme.
July 17, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Poppies - Acrylic Mixed Media

The recycled canvas is fabulous. The napkin was the perfect inspiration, some of the napkin has been collaged in the painting and then I painted the rest of the poppies. The acrylic transfer of the lady fits right in. And the best part - I was able to keep the old book pages and the antique buttons.

July 10, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SOAPBOX on COLLAGE


Kudos to Jonathan Talbot!! I just read his article in the July/August issue of The Artist Magazine. "Piecing It Together: New Trends in Collage". Finally - a fine art publication has validated collage as an art form. Not just the collages from Picasso, but modern day collages. Especially, the collages using TEXT and PICTURES from old books and SHEET MUSIC and GLUE GLUE and GLUE!! I added collage to my portfolio about 6 years ago and have struggled to have the fine art community accept it. My peers at our local Art Association pooh poohed it and seem to pass it off as a hobby. Once I had an exhibit, and as I unpacked all my paintings, they refused to hang the collages because it was a fine art exhibit, and the collages were too "CRAFTY". The Gallery where I hang a few paintings during the year, tried a few of my collages, but they were not received very well - because - it was a fine art gallery audience. So now for these venues I do mixed media painitngs -
but in the privacy of my studio -
I COLLAGE.
July 9, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Acrylic Transfers - Gardens again

I'm working on my newly recylced canvases. The acrylic transfer  process is a perfect way to use all the drawings I did this winter. In my travels I found some fabulous napkins that will be the inspiration for my painting. The napkin on the right suggests a theme of poppies with red and green. I've got the perfect drawing to use in this painting/collage.
July 3, 2010