First I created the background, using different patterned papers, gluing it directly on the white canvas with golden medium glue.
Adding loose layers of acrylic paint, then sketching and painting an image. And adding more paper.
Wonderful painting mess….
Here I used some of my Molotow pens to draw coloured lines of detail.
I often create 2 – 3 paintings at a time. For many reasons: One can dry when I work on another; it takes the pressure off having to create one perfect piece and I love how they almost speak together during the process. Also, it´s much faster to paint that way, and I love the feeling of getting a lot done!
Trying it on the wall many times during the process
Finished piece, “Imagine”. Text reads: “Imagine that you woke up one day to discover a flower much greater than you ever expected growing out of your own pot.” Prints available here. I´m thinking this one would love to appear as part of the postcard series very soon, it seems to be destined for that.
If you are interested in buying originals, contact me and I´ll send you a list of the ones currently for sale.
The inspiration to this painting came spontaneously during a “Creative quickie”, which is something I love to do as a quick and easy way of getting the creative juices flowing.
I would love to share the making of one recent “mixed media” painting with you:
First, glue different papers to the white canvas with Golden medium glue. I use the medium gel or soft gel, and choose semi gloss or gloss. Inspiration at this stage was very basic: a color scheme involving the yellowish papers. No big ideas yet.
After gluing, lightly go over the dry papers with some acrylic color on a sponge, “binding” the whole look a bit. I use golden fluid acrylics for that.
Then add more paper details…..
And begin sketching! For drawing the tree/ground I used Litho crayon, a black oily crayon. It can be wiped away until dry in about a day or so. At this stage my inspiration has boarded the project, I have a plan, a vision is emerging…..
I often use notes/ journal sketches while painting, helps me keep the overall focus when I´m lost in detail.
Adding more details, using molotow pens to draw dots and finer lines.
And finally, adding words. And it´s done:
“Nourish your seeds”
Somehow our move delayed a real good painting session forever. (House full of boxes, unsorted things, ill children and adults and ill children again…and again!!!). And of course I got frustrated and even scared if I would ever be able to paint again. But that´s part of the whole process, I guess any artist knows that feeling? When it comes, I know it´s not permanent, and never will be as long as I am alive. I wrote a post here about getting started when you really don´t feel like it. And the satisfaction when we push through that fear and become humble enough to simply try again is worth it all.
Hope you enjoyed!