Tuesday, May 22, 2012


($40.00.....6" x 6".....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Quietness eases the artist into a highly creative state." Constant audio input or constant hand held technology is an enemy of creative output. It is necessary to intentionally cut out continual audio input if creative thought has a chance to be nourished and grow.

The beginning of this piece was a demo in a mixed media class this past weekend. I deliberately discouraged the use of any color in class. We kept it to black, white, silver, and gray. The class was instructed to place their initial over the silver.

As most of us often do, we say one thing and do another. This was a fun departure from what we did last Saturday and should give everyone in that class extra food for thought. I used Caran D'Ache Ink (Caribbean Sea) to create the block of blue. It was important to make it appear as though it was behind the silver so I brushed off the excess blue from the silver with a brush dipped in alcohol. After spraying the blue with Spray Acrylic Coating the large ornate "Q" was then positioned on top of gel matte medium to secure it to the support.

With the other negative spaces brayered with Black Speedball Printing Ink, the silver stands out brilliantly against the black and the blue. It is also important to note that this blue is brilliant in this context because it's ink and colored inks tend to be more intense than acrylic colors. (It's much more intense in the original.)  So there you have it.....another thing you can do with textured gesso, silver leaf, and color. Just a few more things to think about.

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