Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art: Autumn Leaves

Leaves are one of my favorite subjects to draw and paint and here are two recent small works that I've done. The first one is a watercolor painting done on a vintage postcard. It was a bit of an experiment to see how the paper would hold up to the watercolor. I used a light touch, and even was able to get some nice texture effects with salt in the background.

And this one is a mixed media collage I did recently using homemade stamps and watercolor.

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to get your comments.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sunday Postcard -- Pink

Mixed media collage with watercolor and caran d'ache, using the theme "Pink." The lovely lady in white is from a vintage sewing pattern. I am the daughter of an avid seamstress and spent many unhappy hours learning to sew as a young girl. Fortunately, those hours were offset with many more hours drawing in my sketchbook. I've finally found a way to have fun with those sewing patterns! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Collage with Stamps

I tried out my stamps today in a small mixed media collage with watercolor and graphite. The textured paper in the background comes from some texture rubbings I did earlier in the week with crayon to create a watercolor resist.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Time Out for Stamps

I took some time out from painting and collaging today to make some stamps. I love the freedom in mixed media to integrate painting, drawing, and printmaking into a single piece of art. These stamps were a lot of fun to make and I'm sure I'll find a lot of uses for them in my artwork.

What a difference a frame makes!

This is my first framed collage and it feels great! Luckily, I had done the original collage in a standard 5 X 7 size, so I was able to use ready-made mat and frame for it. You can read more about this collage here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Sunny Day, A Sunny Collage

I started this collage with paper I'd prepared by rubbing a texture with crayon to create a resist. My first washes were in acrylic to prevent blending with subsequent layers. After that, I stuck to watercolor and gouache. What better poet to celebrate a beautiful day than Longfellow!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: Disguise

Thanks for visiting! I did this painting as an exercise in creating an abstract composition from a photo. What makes a better disguise than an abstract self portrait?