Mixed Media Express 2

IMG_4414-001Outer Limits – Mixed Media on canvas board – 10×12 inches

This is the last painting from the Mixed Media Express online art class I have completed with Julie Prichard.  Again, I used colors I wouldn’t normally use.  I wouldn’t use this much red.  I really like it though as the red is mixed with a brown which tones it down a bit.  I also wouldn’t think to use violet with red either, but it seems to work here.

Adding the marks at the end is always a challenge but it just came to me after staring at it for awhile!  There were some happy accidents when painting the swirls.  I used charcoal pencil and oil pastels which have been sealed with UV spray varnish.  All I have to do is paint on a final coat of acrylic varnish and then it is complete.  I shall do a batch in one go.

I enjoyed the course and am looking forward to the next one! But what I wonder? 🙂

Mixed Media Express 4

I mentioned previously that I have been doing an online course with Julie Pritchard.  I started Mixed Media Express 4 before I went on holiday.  I have only just completed it after working on it for about another week or so.  I have started a new contract, so I have been a bit limited with my painting time.  Here is my completed painting.

IMG_4405-002Mixed Media on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches

This painting has very little resemblance to the painting in the demonstration.  I did use the same colors though.  I think that is where the similarities end.  I used colors I probably wouldn’t normally use, unless I was painting a traditional landscape.  The yellows are on the earthy side and tend to have more orange tones to them rather than yellow.  I used a combination of Golden and AV/Vallejo paints, collage, and oil pastel.

I wanted to give up on this painting many times, but I persevered and now I think I have something reasonably interesting to look at.  I am tempted to call it Success At Last.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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:


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