Spring Love – a triptych consists of three separate wood panels which are meant to be mounted side by side. Can you see the connection? It flows from one panel to the next.
I created the wood panels using texture, fabric and then paint. There are parts that have lovely transparent yellow showing through and then I added the reds on top. I chose these colors since they are warm and inviting spring colors. Orange is a power color. It is one of the healing colors. It is said to stimulate enthusiasm and creativity. The red is also transparent and so it brings warmth on top of the yellows. Red is a color of great energy!
Spring is about growth, development and love.
Spring is a time to awaken to new ideas and also a time of giving. I created this work in order to share with others how important my community is to me. It also reminds me it is healing to share and find ways to give back. I continue to teach and share with my students ways to release their inner artist and let go in the creative process. I have learned that creating art is healing in many ways. I am so happy to have discovered I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles in my own back yard in Downtown Los Angeles. I am pleased that they selected this art work for their very important annual Dreamer Dinner on March 8th. I am excited to attend this very special evening. I would love for you to join us if you can. See info Here.
Creating an abstract work involves allowing your imagination to open up and see something that is personal to you. I framed the art works since it creates a more modern look and a lovely finished presentation.
Mixed Media Process
From acrylic paints to ink to collage, mixed media is employed in a variety of artworks, adding texture and body to an artist's work. Though it can be daunting to begin a mixed media piece, mixed media is not as difficult as it appears, and a variety of effects can be achieved. Mixed media can be as follows:
1) Light to Heavy. Place lighter mediums such as watercolour paints or acrylic paints on the canvas or board first before moving to heavier and thicker mediums such as wax and oil paints. Create a rough draft by drawing an image in pencil on the support before laying down your first layer of the work and then continuing with each media. Allow each layer to dry before continuing to the next. Be careful not to make the piece too heavy if you want to hang it on a wall. 2) Photographs. Using both photographs and photo transfers allows you to place text and images on your canvas. Both add an element to your piece that is more mechanical and defined, for images and text are not humanly created but transferred to the artwork.
3) Knives and Brushes. Using knives and other items to create texture can add interesting effects to your artwork. Modelling compound can also be used to create striking visual elements in a piece. Large brushes, or those with rough bristles, can accentuate brushstrokes. Knife tips can be used to create a dented surface. Use a serrated knife to add texture to wet paint, as for corrugated metal effects. Build up surface textures using gesso, heavy body mediums available in craft and hobby stores, and modelling paste. Allow any mediums not mixed with paint to dry completely before adding other media to the surface. Use sponges to create various textures in paint, such as blurred colours for backgrounds or in organic forms. Grattage refers to scraping texture in dried gesso, often with a palette or serrated knife. Frottage refers to the technique of rubbing a pencil, charcoal or other drawing medium over an object or textured surface to create an impression of that surface. Frottage can be a useful way to start a piece by informing the lines and shapes.
4) Found Objects. Found objects such as strings, feathers or other light pieces discovered in your everyday life can bring an intriguing dimension to your work. These objects can be used on the top of your piece or underneath it to add substance and texture. They will help add significance to your artwork.
The term mixed media art signifies the use of different media in the creation of one work. This can allow for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art. The character of mixed media contributes to its popularity within the contemporary art world, as it can blend well with conceptual visual formulation. The end result can be less a direct visual statement than a way to bring irony into play as a comment on a visual statement. At times, mixed media art is frequently used to express political views or social statements.