Posts Tagged ‘painted canvas’

A 12″ square deep gallery wrapped canvas with mixed media consisting of painting and collage, with a tad of journaling. There is to be a solo show in September after all plans were finalized in the last couple of days. The wall space is large and there is a table also for smaller works. I will be working throughout the summer, thankfully indoors, completing works for Trashion Fashion photo shoot in late june and the event July 21, and then for the show in september. Lots to do, just getting my feet wet today and back into mixed media from the accessory frenzy in May.


Another of my styrofoam plate prints, this time printed and over painted onto canvas board. The image is all on one plate and printed in black. I love how the styrofoam prints end up looking like graffiti, and to that end I thought I’d spiff some of them up with color. The wonder of these prints is that you never know how they will turn out. A face can have many expressions depending on where the paint settles into the crevices of the plate. One thing about painting the image is you can define areas and change the print a bit. This is a face with a tic tac toe body; grids are fun to carve and usually look cool printed.

Close cropping is nothing new to photographers but I think as artists we sometimes forget that in every composition it is possible to find small, interesting bits that can stand on their own. Particularly when it comes to what the human mind finds intriguing, such as faces of humans and animals, body parts of same, etc. Also in our images it is possible to find small arrangements of odd numbered items or marks that make a substantial impact on their own if cropped. I find that cropping “busy” subjects, such as the graffiti I’ve featured on this blog frequently, lets the mind appreciate what is there in smaller mind-sized “bites”. While a wide angle shot (or full shot) documents a piece, a close crop provides more of a study.

This is another painted print from a styrofoam plate that I did a few of last week. They are now in my cubbyhole at ARTpool Gallery for $12. The plate was printed on a 5×7 canvas board. I drew  a child, not a cherub, but the printed face looked so angelic and the clothes more like a robe than what I drew, that I turned the figure into an angel. I believe this is what is called Artistic License! haha. Have a blessed day.

Two scribble drawings with Sharpie markers on 4×12″ canvases. I began scribble drawing as a release from the pressure and grief of the home invasion a couple months ago. I decided to paint these two drawings and they took on a slightly different character than the scribbles. The energy of these pieces to me feels very outsider art-ish.

This page doesn’t photograph all that great but if you look at the larger image by clicking on the smaller one you can see some detail better. There are three stampings of my styrofoam plate image of Guadalupe that I carved several months ago, all these stampings are in blue. And then there are three stampings in black of a rubber stamp that I have of Guadalupe. The background is tempera paint and the styrofoam plate stamps are tempera, too. Tempera is one of my favorite paints to use in art journaling. It dries matte which I like. It dries more quickly than acrylic, which I like. The paints mix well, which I like because the color range is somewhat limited. It’s non toxic and non stinky, which I like. In summation, I LIKE it. It’s inexpensive, too, which I REALLY like. Try it. My go to if I am not trying to prep a surface is white tempera which dries semi-opaque in one coat, opaque in two, much quicker than gesso and much more reasonably priced. Just about every page in my altered map journal begins with white tempera paint.

The most recent in my silhouette series on 12″ canvas. Free spirit out for a night on the town. This was a fashion magazine ad originally, cut out with a craft knife, painted with black gesso and matte medium to place it on top of the acrylic and gesso background. There was also an edge of scrapbooking paper still showing on the left side. This canvas was repurposed from one of my previous paintings. If stuff is around here long enough and I no longer feel it I have no problem painting over it. Enjoy your day!

Graffiti inspired background with magazine cut out silhouettes and white gel pen journaling. It’s not easy finding magazine images with the proper bold character for these mixed media pieces. So far fashion magazines are the best yield. Guess what? After 70+ postings on this blog, nearly each day (except for Saturdays usually) since late December, I am running out of completed art. Don’t turn that dial yet, though, still have a few things up my sleeve and goodness knows  I won’t run out of photos anytime soon, but I know you like variety, or at least I suspect you do. What’s a girl to do? Make more? Well, I guess I could, as evidenced by the last few days but we’ll have to see…

Although this piece is on canvas board I consider it an art journal piece. The canvas had an image on it that did not work out and I began to play around from scratch over top of it. The crow kind of materialized out of the darker paint I was using to cover the previous work. I believe there is metallic paint in several colors on the crow and the rest of the color is regular acrylic. A white pen was used to journal a shrine-like shape around the bird. I love crows although I find them hard to render unless I am stamping them in black ink in a really graphic way. All that dark can make definition hard to achieve to separate areas of the body and face. I “solved” the problem somewhat in this piece by doing some sweeping lines with the white pen, which gave the bird some personality and unified the body of the bird with the rest of the piece. Certainly not my favorite piece, nor best created, but I did resolve  the problem of a canvas that was not working at all and turned this into a decent journal page. I will copy it and paste it into my altered map journal one of these days.

Another expressive painting, this time in the form of a mandala with a lotus flower as the central image. Charcoal was used to define outlines and make marks and pointilism was used to add some interest. I dipped the end of my paint brush into white paint to make the dots. I like this strong image and the colors that emerged as the work was layered. All these expressive paintings look good with a simple black frame, which I am working on finding at the thrifts. My absence in the past week from my blog was due to a nasty cold and fever I had which has thankfully gotten better in the last couple of days.