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I should be making “serious” art for my art show in July. It is, after all, June 4th. The days are ticking by at an alarmingly fast pace….and yet, I just had to make this piece!
It’s not “high art” by any means, but this little basset hound just stole my heart!
My brain automatically translates into mixed media and I don’t think it’s curable!
I love to incorporate special papers in my work.
I bought the dictionary for $2.00 (USD) because the front cover and binding were falling apart. One’s person’s trash is, indeed, another’s treasure!
In all my art-related reading, there are certain quotes that stand out to me and inform my work. The one I had in mind when I decided to create this piece was from Annie O’Brien Gonzales’ new book, “Bold Expressive Painting”. She advises readers against mentally trashing an idea. Wow! That got me thinking about how many times I do mentally trash ideas…because I think they’re too infantile, or beyond my capabilities, or just stupid!! (Oh wait, I’m supposed to be the fearless artist…..busted!)
Anyway, I’m pleased with how this piece turned out. I always ask my husband for his opinion, and he told me he really likes how the dark glaze looks like wood. I’ll go with that, because he is very honest!
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Do you ever feel discouraged? Do you ever feel hopeless? I must admit there are times when I do. Not about life in general, but certainly about some situations. When I experience these thoughts and feelings, the words of a beloved old pastor somehow find their way into my consciousness. This dear man shared that “discouragement is one of the devil’s greatest tools because people don’t realize that it comes from him”.
Over the past several weeks I’ve been reading the Psalms. It’s remarkable how many times David found himself in hopeless situations and cried out to God. Time and time again he had to wait (and wait) for deliverance, but time and time again he proclaimed his confidence that God was his deliverer and that HE would rescue him.
I think it was Winston Churchill who gave us this beloved quote, but it could have just as easily been our bible friend, David.
It was a fusion of David’s psalms, Winston Churchill’s quote and Kelly Rae Roberts’ postcard art that inspired this piece.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you find encouragement through this post.
At least three, I have discovered! Thinking ahead to my upcoming show in July at our local Dunn Bros, I’ve been working really hard thinking through ideas and creating new pieces. One would think that after 5-plus years of making art, there would be a few lessons that that I wouldn’t need to revisit….but noooo!
Living in northern Minnesota, white-tail deer are abundant, and seeing them is always a delight…except if they’re crossing the road while one is driving…then, not so much!
I’ve been wanting to make some deer art for a long time. After seeing Kent Youngstrom’s “drippy deer”, I was inspired to use one of my photos to create my interpretation of a “drippy deer”. Thanks to my husband, I have several deer photos that could be made into art.
My process is almost always to begin with a layer of collage papers from my collection. This is one of the most enjoyable phases, as I love to look through old books to find suitable material. I also go through my boxes of maps, calendars and decorative paper until I find what I think is the right balance of these items.
I learned from another artist that it’s good to adhere papers with gel medium, but to wait and add a topcoat of the gel after initial layer has dried. That was the first lesson I re-learned from this piece. I got impatient and didn’t add a coat of gel medium after the base layer had dried. When I started to add additional layers of paint, they just sunk into the paper, which made it difficult to remove bits I didn’t like. Lesson #1 – Always seal your collage papers with a layer of gel medium! I won’t make that mistake again.
However, part of being an artist is learning to work with mistakes. It’s amazing what a little titan buff or white paint can do to tone things down. After muting the background a bit, I used Saral paper to transfer a deer photo that I had enlarged at the local copy shop.
What I learned at this stage was in regards to the drips at the top of the piece. Always make sure you have the correct consistency of paint or ink to make good drips! I struggled, trying to use what I had on hand, and couldn’t wipe it off easily because the underlayer hadn’t been properly sealed! Uggh!
Next, I used another layer of turquoise ink to define the deer a bit. My husband, who has a very good eye, thought I should also create some subtle shading to define the eye and mouth areas.
Yes, it may be hard to see from the photo, but the shading makes the deer’s head look very small. We actually had some good laughs about that, which leads me to lesson # three…Always keep a sense of humor about your art! In the grand scheme of things…it’s only art. Nobody dies if you make a mistake or don’t like what you’ve created. Plus, the laughter will probably inspire you to come up with a great solution!
This piece is almost complete. I just need to decide how to proceed with the shading of the deer’s face, and maybe change some details in the body.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I’d love to hear about the lesson’s you’ve learned from making art, as well.
The next piece in my ‘Affirmations’ series…
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