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Portrait of a Woman in Gold – Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I recently purchased some gold paint and learned a little about Gusrav Klimt who was an artist in the beginning of the 20th century. Two of his most famous paintings were “The Kiss” and “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” which were both painted between 1907 and 1908.

Of course my gold paint is nothing like what Klimt and artists from earlier centuries used. They used gold leaf which is gold that’s been hammered into fine sheets.

Goldbeating is the process of pounding the solid gold into a plain leaf. AndΒ gilding is the process of using the gold leaf to adorn a surface. Many artists still use this in their work today, and I think it’s really beautiful.

I used the basic outline of a photo, but she came from my imagination. I thought about making her face more gold. Instead I decided I wanted her complexion to be dark. Also, I like the way the gold and green flowers on the washi tape underneath the gold paint shows through.

Learning to draw portraits is definitely the most challenging thing I have attempted in my art journey. And I do love a challenge!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ˜€

 

Chinese Toddler in Mixed Media

 

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Here is my latest project! It is on a flat 8×10 canvas. First, I drew her on with pencil. Then I used a variety of washi tape patterns to make her coat. I used a “cardinal red” acrylic for that and her red bow. Than I used some dark pink for the other bow.

I used a variety of colors for her skin. In the picture I have her hand is a little shadowed which I found extra challenging as her face is much lighter.

The biggest challenges were her hair and the background. I couldn’t get my tiniest brushes to cooperate with my paints for her hair. Her hair is thin and wispy but I still may try to go over it at another time and get it less blocked looking.

Finally, I wanted to use a complimentary color to bring out the pinks and reds. So I chose my Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) to paint the background and added a bouquet of pre-made cut flowers by gluing it to the canvas with Liquitex Matte Medium. Lastly, I went over the whole painting with the matte medium so the flowers and washi tape would stay adhered and give it a little bit of a glossy look.

This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge to complete with my nondominant hand! The washi tape was especially difficult to cut and place. But I really like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Chinese Toddler Mixed Media-Part 2

 

Hello Friends,Β 

I put the washi tape on the little girl’s clothes. So in my next post she will be finished!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Chinese Toddler Sketch

 

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Yesterday I decided to start a mixed media piece on an 8×10 canvas. Several years ago I found some cute pictures of adorable Chinese children online. So I decided to try drawing this toddler girl.

Next I am going to add some washi tape for her clothes and use acrylics for her skin and hair. I am not sure what I’m going to do for the background yet.

We have had a big weather change here. We got some rain, and in surrounding areas it is snowing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Abstracts in Mixed Media

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The other day I got some canvases of different sizes in the mail. So I decided to do three that could be separate or put together as one big abstract. This was mostly an experiment playing with shape and color.

Each canvas is 10″x20.” And doing them one at a time instead of doing one big 30″x20″ canvas made it easier to decide what I wanted to do.

I began the left and right panels by making the sweeping strokes with charcoal. Then I went over it with alcohol which sets it and spreads it. I let that dry, then went over it with matte medium.

Then I painted with black gesso to make the strokes darker. I mixed the back gesso with some white gesso to put some neutral color in.

Then I mixed some red and orange and used a sea sponge to make the big rounded marks. I used a different sponge to mix the pre-made orange and added some yellow to make the half circle marks.

I used a small metal palette knife and stirred up some teal and slung the dots on, then dipped the knife into the teal and pressed its shape a few times around the top and bottom corners.

For the middle panel, I just brushed on some red, then a few orange streaks in between the red, then used the tip of my brush to touch on what looks like a base for the streaks. Next I used the palette knife in the teal to sling some onto the top. Lastly, I used some yellow on a small round sponge attached to a stick to streak the yellow at the top going across each one to make a half circle.

This was crazy fun! However, I forgot to do it left-handed. Ha ha!! πŸ˜‚

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. I did this little 4″x4″ sea turtle a few minutes ago. I already had the background painted on the canvas with acrylics. So I decided to put something on it.

I used charcoal and oil pastels for the turtle and waves. Then I used molding paste to add some texture and lift to the waves.

Our family has had a tough week. We had to put our 17-year-old dog, Brownie, to sleep on Tuesday afternoon. She just couldn’t get around anymore and kept losing weight. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. We buried her in our backyard that evening. It was a sad night.

Lastly, we are expecting our power company to turn our power off again this afternoon, and we don’t know for how long. There are going to be high winds and high humidity, so they are cutting it to prevent fires. But we are prepared. And at least now we have water since the hatchery has a generator for the well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ˜€

 

 

 

Abstract Triangles in Oil Pastels

 

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Here is an abstract I drew with oil pastels the other night. The book I mentioned in an earlier post talks about different shapes you can use in compositions, the triangle being one, along with L-shaped, diagonal, etc. Debora Stewart does say to never do diagonals from corner to corner, though, which is exactly what I did with washi tape in one of my recent goth ballerina mixed media pieces. But I still like mine and I think the positions I have the ballerinas in balances out the “division” of the canvas. But I do understand what she is saying.

I also know I went a little crazy with these triangles, and it is a “busy” piece. But I was “in the zone” and was mostly doing a color study. The pastel paper I used was light blue, so the colors came out either darker or too light, in the case of the yellows. Then lastly, I drew in the squiggles.

I hope everyone has had a great week and will enjoy your weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a color photocopy of my watercolor and charcoal portrait of a girl! I glued her onto an 8×10 piece of illustration board with Liquitex Matte Medium. Then I laid down a couple of pieces of washi tape to frame her. And lastly, I added some matching stickers! This didn’t take long at all and was very simple. I like how I darkened her even more on the copy.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl

 

Hello Friends!

I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Abstract Adventures!

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I received this book I ordered in the mail! I have done very little abstract art, but over the next few weeks I am going to be doing a lot with my nondominant hand. So I am just going to play! It is a myth, though, to think abstract art can be done by “anyone.”

In this book, “Abstact Art Painting – Expressions in Mixed Media” by Debora Stewart, she has a quote at the begining of chapter one:Β  “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. — Wassily Kandinsky.

Well, I am not much of a “poet” these days, and I am still learning about composition, but it will be fun to explore drawing and painting abstracts!

My shoulder surgery is now scheduled for Monday, November 4th! I am glad they were able to get me in so quickly. Hopefully, the worst pain will be gone by Thanksgiving. (But I won’t have to do any cooking this year!) πŸ˜‰ My arm will be in a sling for more than a month. And I am not sure how long it will be until I begin physical therapy. So I don’t think I will be able to post much in the last couple of months of this year. I may only be doing art for the next few weeks anyway.

So I will say now…Happy Holidays My Friends!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

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