Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Start with what you Love

This Spring has been just bursting with beautiful weather here on the Coast of New Hampshire. We have had so many sun filled days with bright blue skies and crisp spring greens from all the new plant growth. For those of you who know me and my studio it is easy to guess that blues and greens are definitely favorites in my color palette. However I like to incorporate lots of color in my artwork. This past weekend I just finished up a new series, Blossoming Beauty, I feel it captures the soft gentle feel of Springtime. It also incorporates some of my favorite daily visitors of Spring that visit me at my home, the gentle butterflies from my gardens and our blue birds that have returned to our land (every morning I see them and it just fills my heart with love.) So I want you to know that I have been working on these for well over a month now and thought I would share the photos that I have taken along my process.
Here is where I started. It is my foundation of what I love, colorful paper with patterns that swirl. I knew that I wanted to create a series so I gathered my canvases and laid them out together then mounted the paper with my acrylic medium.

Now for the layering of paint.
Picking and choosing what to keep and what to cover up. Adding white back in and some extra details and defining it with some black.

After adding some fine details and swirls of my own it was time to play with words. I stamped out some sayings that I liked on paper first so that I could play with composition to see what I was drawn to. In the end I decided to collage some sayings, but also stamp directly onto the canvas for a few. I ended up with a series of four painting that work wonderfully together, but at the same time look beautiful on there own. I'll have one week to enjoy them in the studio. Two are headed off to Lucy's Art Emporium in Dover, NH and two are going to Art and Soul in Ogunquit, ME. Hopefully they will find homes where they will bring the blossoming beauty to life!


Lynda said...

Love them all!

paperbird said...

so pretty- the colors very cheerful. happy summer.

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