Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Made in the USA

Made in the USA
In January when I went to Tyler to teach, I also visited with my aunt in Avinger. She had several old bikes sitting around, and I love bicycles. This one was down at their cabin sitting by a boat. I took some close ups of different parts of it, and I love the way the light was hitting it.
I used kosher and table salt to make the rust.
I couldn't decide what to put behind it because I knew the boat wouldn't work, so I dug through some papers to find a design that I liked. I just drew in the shapes from the paper, after first putting down a yellow wash. Then I was able to paint a lot of it negatively leaving the yellow showing through. It has several glazes of other colors along with some turquoise and orange splatters.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Workshop with Kay Smith

Kay and her demo
Kay Smith-Suzy Powell
Painting-not named yet
Saturday I was lucky enough to get to go take a workshop from Kay Smith in Big Spring, TX.
She is becoming very well known, just got in Splash 14 among several other art books.
She is an awesome teacher. Be sure and go to her blog and check it all out.

We did mixed media. Using matte medium, we glued down 4 pages from a telephone book on hot press watercolor paper. After 10 minutes, we tore off what would come off, leaving some of the paper. Then after it dried, we sketched our images on using charcoal. Then we painted with gouache. Then we collages some. I used wrapping paper from a birthday gift. The image is a manikin. I took photos of her last week. I also used some gold leaf on her hat. I have a few touches I need to do yet.

The first photo is the demo that Kay did. This technique goes pretty fast ...after you prepare the paper. The bottom photo is the one that I did. For some reason I haven't named it yet! that is very unusual for me!