"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Story House

 This is a model for a mixed media class project in which each participant makes and embellishes a little house that "tells" or implies a story.  When all the houses are complete, participants trade houses, then interpret the visual clues to tell their version of the imagined story, in their own words.  Creative writing is encouraged and there are no wrong answers.
As my little story house sat on the work table, I continued to work on a small collage with similar colors and images.  A scrap of wood was used as the base.
The end result was two works that seem quite related.  
 In art, as in life, one thing often leads to another.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mixing It Up On Canvas

Recently I picked up a fairly large stretched canvas that had been neglected in a corner of my studio.
Although I have seen many fine examples of mixed media work on canvas, I had never tried it myself and it was time to do so.
The process for this work started by dividing the surface into sections and applying layers of collage using matte medium and undertones of color with acrylic paint.   Each new layer that was added created more depth and interest and I liked working on the sturdy canvas.   It's not shown here but the surface treatment goes right around the edges of the piece so no framing is necessary.  
I'm already looking forward to the next adventure on canvas!
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