Wednesday, August 15, 2012


($150.00........6" x 6".....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard and floated on a linen mat in a custom frame.)

"Authors have dipped their pens in history to give us their view of the world." This quote is simply giving honor to the many authors who have enriched our lives by connecting us to the past and letting us see who they are through their experiences.

This pouring medium piece was manipulated quite a bit. After the colors were poured over a white base of pouring medium, I lifted the diagonal corners and began to let the color move, but never too far in one direction. This is what creates the subtle marbling effect. However, it is very easy to overdo this and end up with one mass of "muddied" color. I felt like I did just a tiny bit of over mixing so I then added some more turquoise and green gold from my premixed bottles. (The pouring medium was already mixed with the color and stored in bottles which will keep indefinitely.) You can see the brighter color in the upper left hand corner where it was added much later in the process, followed by very little movement. So this is something you will want to remember when over mixing occurs. This is also a good technique for those of you who prefer more subtle colors.

The collage pieces from an old book are the focal point of this piece and add that "library" look that I am so fond of. It is also fun to actually read enough of the text to include a pertinent part. In this case, it prompted the quote and the rest is history.

After talking endlessly about spontaneous techniques, I wanted to say that in this piece, I did predetermine the colors of the piece by choosing to include the spine of this particular book, although I had no idea what other elements would be included. So there is a time to make a few decisions before doing your pour so the piece can come together. Just leave yourself open to other inclusions that would be dictated by the spontaneity of the pour. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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1 comment:

  1. I love that you put the book spine in here, it's awesome!