There are actually two paintings I did on this canvas. The "under" painting is of a large white flower with a deep red center. The "over" painting was done with some brush strokes of white paint to partially cover the under painting and give the final painting of three poppies an interesting backdrop! This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas so no need for a frame.....it is your choice!
I photographed a horse roundup outside of Cortez in May. There was one horse who simply wouldn't behave! She was everywhere she wasn't supposed to be, in spite of every attempt to wrangle her into going along with the herd. She simply ran for the pleasure of running, even if it was in cloud of the cowboy's curses! I liked her! I'll paint her again!
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This is the latest little painting I completed. It's the time of the year I've been thinking about family, getting out in the warm sunshine, planting flowers, breathing in the fresh air. I named it "Dragons Soar" because I have a little sign in my garden that says "In my garden, hearts soar and dragons fly."
In thinking about the dragonfly and creating this piece, I found this interesting symbolism. The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and are able to make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.
This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly. This week, this day, are you living in the moment?
Here are some pictures of how this painting started out and went through the process.
This painting literally sat in my art studio for over a year, untouched. I did NOT like how it was turning out and couldn't figure out what to do with it. The sides and the bottom of it were painted bright red. Really...who does that...FIRE ENGINE red! I toned it down with some white. The top background underneath the dragonfly is some really beautiful turquoise paper that I found and altered.
I continued doing more alterations to the paper behind the dragonfly. I added some iridescent orange...man those iridescent paints are gorgeous! Started adding some blue over the white paint at the bottom and sides to try to tie it all together.
Here I began to add more turquoise to the painting, again to try to tie it together, and because I LOVE turquoise.
And...TaDa...I think it is done!
This little painting is 8 X 8 X 1.5 found a home here in Colorado. It was finished with a resin coating, which eliminates the need for framing. If you have comments or comments, please contact me at:
This mixed media painting has a very limited palette of gray, beige, gold, black, bronze, and a touch of copper. The black edge (right) is very matte, while the bronze edge (left) has a soft metallic sheen.
There are several mixed media textured components, as well as a sculpted clay spiral. The gold circles, which are shiny, are actually a very sheer fabric with gold circles on one side and silver on the other.
This painting is float mounted on an MDF backing board. Students always ask me what adhesive to use to glue the three layers (the painting, the spacer, and the backing board) together.
There are several brands of glue available in hardware stores. In this case, I used StrongStik by DAP. For extra security, I drilled two holes in the back (one about 1/3 down from the top, and one about 1/3 up from the bottom) and screwed in 3/4 inch screws.
It is a true mixed media piece, with such diverse
components as rusted iron paint paper, clay medallions, prepared tyvek, hand-textured paper,
and turquoise stones.
I found the turquoise stones strung together at a craft store in the jewelry section. There are tiny holes from the stringing that do not show. They look and feel like genuine turquoise stones, but, for all I know, they may be well done imitations.