Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thoughts of Spring

Bobbin' Robin
Mixed media 11 X 11

After a very successful show and sale last week end it was time to get back to painting and collage. This time a robin on a charcoal pour. I painted it 11 X 15 which is a quarter sheet of standard watercolor paper but as I was adjusting my photos I decided I liked it in a square. I like doing squares a lot anyway. Instead of just putting the collage papers on the wings and tail I decided to put them on the colorful breast as well. Only his feet and head are painted with watercolor. 
I'm wondering if my friends up north have seen some early robins in their backyards yet. I know that the weather has been unusually warm for this time of year and this brings the migratory birds back. It's that time of year when you think that winter is over, then it comes back and bites you. For now, enjoy the little signs of spring. 
Here's the rectangle format. Which do you prefer?



Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Post Challenge Syndrome

Love Notes
Mixed media collage 6 X 6

My post title would be a good title for a painting, don't you think? There is a little bit of a let down after being so focused on your art work for 30 days and coming to the end of the month. Then everything that you have been putting off has piled up and is crying for attention. Our big art show and sale is this week end so I've had to get in gear and get the art that I'm going to exhibit ready for the show. Thanks to the 30 day challenge I have much to choose from.

I have one companion piece to the last piece in the 30 in 30 days challenge that I completed. It's another little valentine made from the same or similar materials. This one has music on it so it's title is Love Notes, a play on words. I think I will make these up into some cute valentines to send to my family.


Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 30

Love Letters
Mixed media collage 6 X 6

The last day of the challenge! Whew! That was a challenge indeed as there were a lot of thing going on in my life. It shows me that I can carve out time for art even if life wants to get in the way. 
I love this last collage. Who doesn't like to get a love letter? It's a love letter to me for getting through the challenge and for all of you who followed me along the way and for all of the others who attempted to keep up with the 30 days. Hooray for us!
Thanks for the encouragement and the comments, it really kept me going.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 29

Bird Button 3
Mixed media collage

This collage is the third and last in the series. Sadly I have run out of bird buttons. I love the paper on the bottom of this collage. It was made by painting multiple colors of fairly thick paint and gesso on tissue. The colors were swirled with a texture tool. It's tricky because the tissue is fragile and will tear easily when it is wet so you have to move quickly and gently. When it dries you can use either side of the tissue because the colors soak through the paper. This is the front, tomorrow's collage will have the back side. One more day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 28

 Bird Button 2
Mixed media collage

This is the second in the Bird Button series. I think this is my favorite because I like the tree and I like that I left the thread longer on the button. The whole series has a whimsical nature. 

The materials used are altered magazine pages, painted tissue, oven parchment, coffee filter, painted printer paper, cotton thread, acrylic paint, stamp ink and the button. It's sealed with gloss acrylic and coated with UV varnish. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 27

Bird Button 1
Mixed media collage 6 X 6

It all started on a shopping trip with a friend. You know those shopping trips where you are just out having fun and not really looking for anything in particular. I think we had wandered into a resale shop and I spied a rack of buttons. These buttons with the birds caught my eye and I thought how cute they would be on a collage. Here we are, months later and there were those buttons waiting for their place in the world of art. I had about as much fun putting together the collages as I did shopping that day with my friend.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 26

JOY Triptych
Mixed media collage 6 X 12

Although I made this piece awhile ago, I don't think I have posted it before. Sometimes in these challenges you have to fall back on an earlier piece. The collages I was working on for the rest of the month still need some tweaking so it's good to have  an alternative. I love the colors and sentiment of this piece, joy is part of my on-line name and I hope that the joy I feel in my art is conveyed to those who see it. The three small pieces are "floating" on top of a white mat board and will frame quite nicely with a separator in the frame.

2017 30 Day Challenge Day 25

You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs
Mixed media collage 4 X 6


I'm putting together some pieces for the National Collage Society's Postcard Show so I've done a few that are 4 X 6. The magazine page that I altered didn't loose the orange frog in the picture although the other inks changed nicely. Sometimes this happens. When the collage was finished I thought of this saying for the title and put on the lip punch outs. Just a little bit of whimsy for the day.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.