Saturday, August 14, 2010
Have you noticed that I changed the name of my blog? Well, my sister, with whom I started the blog, has had her own blog for some time now, and there's really only one "muse" left here, so I thought a change of name was overdue. You really should treat yourself and check out my sister's blog here and Flickr page here for some stunning photography and great writing, when you have a chance.
Because from a very early age I loved to experiment with paint and texture and make my own art materials, my mother said that what I did was more of a "creative fit" than anything else (hence the new name of the blog). I haven't changed very much, and I still love to try new things and get my hands dirty, so I thought it might be fun to show you a work in progress and give you a step-by-step description of what I did. First, I rummaged around for some "texture," and I found some old book pages, ticket stubbs, and a doily which I glued on a canvas. Then, I added some patterned and textured papers which I further altered with acrylic paint. I "sculpted" a vase from white tissue paper and then painted over it with Golden Heavy Body white for a sort of porcelain effect. Next, I brushed cobalt teal over the background, and, when that was dry, I drybrushed on some white paint. Then, I did some stamping and glued on more patterned paper for thicker layers. I fingerpainted a little with light olive green acrylic and did the stems of the flowers with the same shade. Next, I sanded the white checkerboard and went over that with gray distressing ink. Last, I brushed on phthalo turquoise stripes and a tabletop and went over the white vase with the edge of a charcoal stick. Can you tell I was having fun?
While all that was drying, I made some acrylic flower "skins" on recycled Chinese take-out trays. The flowers will have to dry overnight before I can peel them off and adhere them to my painting. When that's done, I'll add some more details and layers with inks, oil sticks, and charcoal. Hopefully, I'll be able to work on this one tomorrow and show you the finished product tomorrow night, so stay tuned!