Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 30- I Made It!

Heron's Glen
Collage, 10 X 10

Day 30 has finally come and I can say that I have enjoyed the 30 in 30 Days Challenge. It has been frustrating and stressful at times but I was able to press through and get something finished. It wasn't always my best work but I don't think it was ever meant to be that. To me the idea was to get into the studio and make art; stop procrastinating and get going. That I did. For my last piece I wanted something larger so I worked on this heron over a couple of days and finished it yesterday. It has a lot of things going on in it so I think it entertains the viewer. It's made with altered National Geographic pages, painted tissue, painted papers and manufactured papers. The heron started out as a hand cut stencil on a piece of altered N. G. paper, some of it was painted with acrylic some of it is collage. All of it was heat fused to watercolor paper and coated with acrylic gloss medium. To finish, it will be coated with UV varnish. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 29- We're Almost Finished

Valentine Triptych 3
Collage, 3 X 3

Finally the relationship blossoms into LOVE; the stony places of life are shared and because of that, they decrease. The walls are pushed aside, the lace is still there but on the sidelines. The love is in a field of gold because it's solid and true. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Ha! It was fun to imagine a meaning behind the composition, they all look splendid together since they were all made from the same papers. They are framed vertically in black and have a white mat . I'll try to get a good picture of them all together but it's pretty hard with the glass covering them.
I have just completed my grand finale piece for tomorrow. I hope to get it posted much earlier in the day. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 28- Second Installment

Valentine Triptych 2
Collage, 3 X 3

By second installment I mean the second in a series of three in my Valentine Triptych. The colored papers are the same but arranged in a different composition. I have placed a little gold heart on this one. 
The first one in the triptych symbolized the beginnings of a relationship. The lace shows that we are trying to make an impression. The red strip going down the whole piece is the way we block the other person from seeing the stony places in our lives. In all the pieces there are words because words communicate our thoughts and feelings. In this second piece there is still some blocking of the stony places but our hearts are receptive. Tomorrow you'll get the rest of the story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27 Counting Down the Days

Valentine Triptych 1
Collage 3 X 3

I'm putting together another triptych for a little frame I bought. It  is black and has a mat with 3 openings that are 3 X 3. I thought it might be a good item for our local up coming art show and sale. This is the first one which is to be in the top opening. I used altered N. G. pages and printed art papers all coated with gloss acrylic medium and heat fused to watercolor paper.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 26-We're on the home stretch

Lend Me A Hand
Collage/Mixed Media
5.5 X 7.5

Well, we're almost finished with the 30 day challenge, only 4 more days left. Whew! I thought at the beginning that I'd miss a few days and feel OK with it but I just had to keep pushing. As it is, it's 9 PM and I've just finished this collage for today. Knowing there are only 4 days left just makes me more determined than ever to get something accomplished each remaining day. Thanks for all the great comments, I know how hard that can be, too. It really encouraged me to keep going. 
This collage is made from altered magazine pages, hand painted tissue, book pages, and acrylic on 140 # watercolor paper.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 25- I'm Underwater

 
Underwater Seahorse
Acrylic Ink on Yupo, 4.5 X 5.5

I'm feeling a bit underwater and swimming hard! I'm trying to stay caught up so that I can post everyday. Life has a way of getting in the way, my week-end has not been a relaxing one. But here we are! In turning this piece around after the ink had dried from it's wandering and doing it's thing I saw a seahorse hiding in the sea weeds. That is what is so much fun about doing these, you never know what is going to come of it. You may see something else, let me know if you do. 

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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.