Mixed Media Express 3

IMG_4256 (Edited)The Pond – Mixed Media on 10×10 inch cradled board

Here is another multi-layered painting from the Mixed Media Express Series, Lesson 3 by Julie Prichard.  I had a love/hate relationship with this painting.  I was really enjoying the process of adding and lifting paint until I got to the glazing/ageing part.  You see, this painting is meant to be turned 90 degrees to the right with the white stripes being horizontal.  For some reason, I really didn’t like it once the yellow glaze was added and I didn’t know what to do with it as far as extra mark making was concerned.  The painting wasn’t speaking to me.

I thought I would leave it for awhile and come back to it or start over.  In the meantime, I decided to paint the sides with black gesso.  Somehow the black gesso just made the paint pop.  And then I looked at the painting from a different angle and decided I liked it better this way.  I had a real problem with that blue square, but now it feels grounded.  Once I flipped the painting around, I felt really happy to make marks and finish the painting.  It looks like a landscape to me.  I know this is a huge departure from the way I normally paint, but I am really enjoying myself and am discovering new things.  Because of that, I may never go back to painting the way I did before and see this as a new way forward, which is very exciting.

Here is a close-up of some detail:

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We have stencil, marks, stamping, collage and layers of paint.

 

 

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