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Spring Flowers in Acrylic

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Spring is here at last. Grass is turning green.  Flowers are blooming. COLOR  Color greatly appreciated after the brown and white winter.
 I am starting two small (5 x 7) acrylic paintings  of spring flowers.

For the under painting, I am using acrylic markers.  They work very well on small works, and for drawing.


PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE

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Big pieces. Little pieces. Lots of color. Layers and layers as you build it up. Just Play !!

PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE

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I've cut the painted tissue paper to make the silhouette of the animals.
I love the diversity of the surface of the painted paper, it adds so much interest to the painting.

Now for the collaging - I choose the papers that have the colors I am interested in using. I lay them on the canvas to see how they look. Such a variety to chose from.









Painted Paper Collage

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I feel inspired to make some collages with my new painted tissue paper. Something simple. I have two rectangle shaped canvases, tall and narrow. Perfect for a Giraffe and a Flamingo. That's what I will collage. Colorful and fun.

First I cover the canvas with a dark painted tissue paper.

I draw the animals on white drawing paper to make a template Then using the template I cut the painted tissue  paper for the main body of the animal. Pink for the flamingo and yellow ochre for the giraffe.



Painted Paper Collage

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PAINTED PAPER COLLAGE

It's time to replenish my painted tissue paper that I use for collage.
I love making this colored paper. It's fun, just plain fun.
~ PLAY  ~

Bees Bees Bees in Black and White

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The Beauty and the Drama of the Bee. They love the flowers. They are our circle of life. Spring is coming - Don't forget to plant your flowers.

Bees Bees Bees in Black and White

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BEES The drama of their light and dark lend themselves perfectly to pen and ink.

Turtle in Colored Pencil

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TYRONE THE TURTLE
I've named my turtle Tyrone.  A Scottish name meaning "island dweller".  Seems appropriate.
I will be sorry to see him go. These turtles have been such a part of my art life these last few months. It's going to take something really different to  take their place on my drawing board.
I added the finishing touches with the black pencil. Deepening the shadows and the nooks and crannies.  It makes a big difference, a dramatic difference.
I'm going to have Tyrone framed and matted for the  Reptile & Amphibian Exhibit at the  Nixon Park Nature Center in York, PA.  See you there in June!!