Hello ! Today I bring to you my latest creation, a mixed media painting I have titled
This painting will be heading to Art Square tomorrow, a downtown Toronto venue close to the AGO, along with several other paintings done by the talented artists in another group I belong to, Ajax Creative Arts. It's difficult to see all the details and texture of this painting in a photo, so I have taken a few close-ups. I really enjoyed creating this piece. I had an idea what I wanted to do, but at the same time this painting was largely intuitive and very personal. I knew what colour inks I wanted to use, I knew I wanted to use gears and I had a vision of the basic composition. I knew I wanted a lot of texture. I didn't know how it was going to come together and the words occurred to me after I had already started.. I like the idea that they are part of the painting, but not the focal point. They will be discovered as someone examines the painting.. I am very happy how this painting turned out and for some reason, I feel a real connection to it. I hope you enjoy the close ups and at the end I have shared a little of my process as well, if you are interested.
I was already into the painting when I thought that I should document the process for my blog. I had already added a lot of texture with modelling paste, beads and crystals. and established my composition. Once that was dry, I painted over everything with acrylic paint. Then I decided I wanted to incorporate some words into the background and did some stenciling with some white pearl modelling paste.
I created the gears using aluminum tape and I die cut them to shape. Once my background was complete, I tempoarily added them to the background to give me an idea how I wanted to position them
Then I removed them, sealed them and aged them before adhering them to my painting
Now I was ready for the acrylic ink. I added the ink in layers and moved it around with some water. You can never predict exactly what result you will get when it dries. While there was definitely a method to my madness as I laid down the colours, the ink does such wonderful things as it dries into the textured background that you cannot know as you lay it down. I was excited when I awoke the next day to see how it had turned out. I loved it! As I move around the ink with water, there is a spray that occurs, which I like but It can be a little bit busy. So for my final touches, I muted some of the spray and recreated some quiet space. I hope you like the end result
Thank you so much for letting me share my work, my process and my thoughts with you today.