Friday, November 27, 2009


OK, I've never been a big fan of mix media art because it confuses me as to what to put down to create a mix media piece. So I decided to give this another try. The drawing began with a simple yellow star gazer flower off a dessert napkin. From there the drawing and painting evolved.
First I glued several pages together for a sturdy support in my sketchbook. Then I applied a light watercolor wash of New Gamboge. While the pages were drying, I went through my box of ephemera, torn pieces of watercolors, and anything else that I thought might work on this collage. I used Golden gel medium to glue the napkin and butterflies onto the page. Next I sketched the first star gazer and on the opposite side I sketched the dog. I then started to add color first on the dog and then the flowers. With the dog, I was having problems with getting the tan and brown watercolor paint dark enough. After several washes, I applied some acrylic paint. When the acrylic paint was dry I applied Golden molding paste on the dog to give him texture. When that was dry I added more acrylic paint. After the painting was completely dry, I went around with my black sharpie to add more defined detail.
I think when I broke down the components for the painting, the process became easier and I actually enjoyed working on the piece. I plan to do more...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Things I'm thankful for...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I just wanted to share all the things in my life that I'm thankful for. Today I saw my doctor and for the first time in a rather long time she told me all my blood work was normal!!! I'm thankful that I have a wonderful,kind,generous, loving husband who allows me to be me. I'm thankful for my beautiful house that we live in; for my 5 beautiful dogs which I love and adore; for my friends; for my sister and brother-in-law; for my art and the freedom to create; for having my own studio and all my art supplies; and most of all for God's unconditional love.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009