Artist in Mixed Media Mosaic Collage and Jewelry

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


In the Dark of Night  (13027)

 I have had this Beautiful Carved Blackstone Jaguar for a very long time.  He's been waiting for just the right gemstones to compliment him and I think these Yellow Turquoise (which are really green!) do the trick.  He really needed something simple because the way he is carved makes enough of a statement.  He and the Yellow Turquoise are joined by Black Matte Glass, Brass Heishi and medium round African Trade Beads (Brass).  This fastens with an easy to open/close Toggle Clasp.  You can find more information on this piece by clicking Here .

I have been trying for a while to make things a little simpler for myself.  Like for example, Canvas with gallery wrap edges instead of wood panels for everything so I would have less framing to do.  (And to put it nicely, I 'intensely'  dislike framing!)  I do like the finished look with the canvas, especially for my bigger pieces, but it can provide a little challenge when I'm trying to 'roll on' my backgrounds or needing to put pressure on paper that I'm trying to adhere to the canvas.  The canvas has no support and stretches beneath the pressure making it a bit challenging to do what I need to do.  So . . .  I'm still working on this problem but actually I've digressed from where I was going. 
(nothing new there . . . )

If I go somewhere and I think, or know, that I might have the opportunity to do some Art while away, I can't really take my Collage materials along with me.  Maybe someone else could :/ but if you could see my studio you would know that is not an option for me.  Jars and Tubes full of Paint, Drawers full of painted paper, bits of this, that and the other, should I bring wood, should I bring canvas?  I think you get the picture.  Yes, I always have my sketchbook, but for me that's not quite the same.

Anyway, I decided I needed to just go back to painting.   Something I haven't really done in almost 15 years.   I've oil painted, worked in Watercolor and painted with Acrylics and was probably most successful with oils.   I've been so focused on my Collages for so long I'm sure that influence will show in any new work I do now but hopefully that will add to the fun of it.  And no, I am definitely not giving up my love affair with Collage ~ that will remain number one (at least for now :)  I tell you all this because below is the first painting I did this last week.  (Probably not a big deal for most, but a big first step for me) It's actually done with Acrylics (the 'water-based'  :) oils are ordered) which were easy to work with.  This is on a highly textured wood panel.   (It was already textured so I just went with it.)  I like the simplicity of it ~ something I hope I can hold on to.  (One of my Instructors once called me 'The Mistress of More'.) I never knew when to stop adding details.  Evidently that hasn't changed much since I think I just wrote a Chapter for my book here on this page! :(   


Dreams Beneath the Light
6 x 9" Acrylic on Wood panel

Enough already!
Have a great Day . . .