“Drippy Florals” and the “Nifty Fifty” project

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while knows that I love mixed media.  I don’t consider myself a “painter”, but am always open to a new challenge.  My latest piece illustrates this fact quite effectively.

I must admit that I’m an art book junkie.  When I saw that Carrie Schmitt was publishing the book “Painted Blossoms” this year, I knew it would be one of my purchases for 2015.

One of the projects in the book is entitled “drippy florals”, which is self-explanatory.  Here is my initial attempt…after some reworking of blossoms and the addition of leaves.

drippy floral

18×19 inches, Strathmore Acrylic Paper

This piece was created on Strathmore acrylic paper, which I bought in a 5-yard roll in order to cut it to whatever size I would like.

I wasn’t comfortable leaving the blossoms floating in mid-air and decided to experiment with creating a vase for them.

1stVase

The above vase looked more like a tree trunk than anything, so I knew I would have to re-work it.

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This photo shows the addition of the blue table.  I used a pink pastel to outline a possible vase shape, and also painted over some of the leaf shapes that I didn’t like so I could re-work them.

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This is the final piece.  Because I know which frame I’m planning to use, I had a mat cut to fit and placed it loosely on top to see how it will look.

This project was definitely a learning experience.  I learned about color, painting and composition.  I learned that I’m a “planner” and prefer to have at least a general idea of what I want to accomplish when I start a new art piece, while still leaving room for surprises and happy accidents.  Since I didn’t have that in place when this piece was started, it created some challenges and frustration later on.

Creating this piece also prompted me to set some new goals.  When I compare this piece to those of artists I admire, I realize that they have created hundreds, or maybe even thousands of paintings.  The above is probably about my sixth floral…yes, sixth.  Therefore, I decided to create for my own development the “Nifty Fifty” project.  In the next two years, I plan to create 50 florals, 50 furry friends, 50 faces, 50 phrases and 50 abstracts.  Why the variety?  Mostly because I get bored easily and probably have a bit of ADD.  I’ll be creating pages for each category, so I invite you to visit again and check out my progress.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Have a great day,

Melanie

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