It's that time of year when one's thoughts turn to spring, and the longing to be in some distant paradise grows strong. It's all my hubby's fault :) A few weeks ago, I came downstairs, groggily wiping the sleep out of my eyes. Hubby had gone shopping, presumably for food. He called up the stairs to me that he had gotten me a treat. I arrived in the kitchen expecting chocolate muffins, and didn't notice the very large box on the island. As I searched the bags for those elusive muffins, he finally pointed at the box rather gleefully and said, "Didn't you see what I got for you?" I nearly fell over as a bright and shiny new Epson Artisan printer stared back at me. I wanted to tell you about it, but after my son was injured, everything else was pushed to the back burner. But the plot thickens...
Last weekend, again, first thing in the morning, he went "food" shopping. Now, let me explain that my printer wasn't the only piece of equipment that was standing on it's last leg. My computer had begun to sound like a jet taking off, it didn't like to boot, and after my last experience with another of these infernal machines burning up, I had the feeling that I should have a fire extinguisher handy before I turned it on! Unbeknownst to me, the tax return had shown up the day before. My darling hubby presented me with a new computer, courtesy of our little windfall. I need to start getting up earlier on the weekends to keep an eye on him :)
So what, you ask, does this have to do with longing to be in a distant paradise? I began printing out photos from my trip to Maine yesterday! Also, I finished a new piece of art - a mixed media collage based on one of my photos.
16" x 20"
Mixed media on canvas board
I never thought that wall joint compound and plaster bandaging could be so exciting. I used them to create a textured surface before painting. After I did the inital laying in of color, I used some of the fire-trap-of-a-magazine-collection in my studio to add more color and texture. Tearing paper is very satisfying :) I adhered the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium. I did the final acrylic glazes and enhanced some of the edges with a General's Carbon pencil. It's not as soft and crumbly as a charcoal pencil, but it gives a good dark line over the paint and plaster.
I start Workshop 2 at Strathmore Online Workshops on Wednesday. Watercolorist Cathy Johnson will be leading the workshop. I had purchased her first book, Creating Textures In Watercolor in 1992. She has a wonderful blog, Artist's Journal Workshop where you can find all sorts of ideas, inspiration, and other artists.
Her new book, Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures, was released this year.
That's all for now. Tomorrow, it's off to New Jersey to see my sister.
Until next time,