"Girl With Bird" - mixed media on deep canvas, 12" x 12"
This week is a big two-fer! The studio playground has been irresistible, and my tribe of playmates is growing.
One of my newly learned processes this week is beeswax. The piece on the left contains layers of fabric, glue, gesso and tissue topped with paint, beeswax and more paint. The resulting texture looks almost like concrete, though it is smooth and waxy to the touch.
So many colors are underneath this piece...and the process is almost one of filtering out (painting over) everything until all that's left is the essence of the girl and the barest hint of the bird. It reminded me of how I feel at the end of a long day, when all the details fall away and I am left with a feeling of gratitude and peace, uncluttered and pure.
"Owen's Wild Rumpus" - mixed media on cradleboard, 9" x 12"
After many days of painting sweet faces and innocence, it was time for a little ruckus! This wild boy is the result of another new process for me - paint over oil pastel, scraped and sanded away to roughen the texture and allow bits of color to peek through.
"Owen" made me feel like running through the woods in my bare feet, whooping and hollering and climbing trees while wearing a huge feathered headdress. Sometimes play can be an unfettered celebration, and this little boy encompasses a passion for being in the wilderness, uninhibited and maybe a little bit kookie (which was largely me as a child...hey...is Owen my inner child????)
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