Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I was in a Craft Fair a week ago and am so grateful to those who bought my paintings.

A very dear friend who is so very supportive of my art bought the following three pieces.

I have been drawing birds lately and these birds are the results.

The first is a 10 x 10  deep canvas mixed-media collage using papers, hand drawing, acrylics and Venetian plaster.

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Sing Your Song

 

The second is a 6 x 6 encaustic on wood panel.

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Hope for the World

The third is another encaustic on 6 x 6 wood panel.

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Free as a Bird

Thank you for taking the time to check out my art work.

Until next time, happy creating.

Michelle

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Two mediums come together digitally

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had done a post……much longer than I thought.  But today I decided it was time to get back to it.

I haven’t been creating too much art this past while except for some water colouring in my sketch book but I am starting to feel more inspired to get back to mixed-media.  Over the weekend I thought I would see what I could create digitally and decided to take the water colour painting from my last post and incorporate it with one of the sunset pictures I took while spending time in Mexico this past winter.  So here it is.

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

I used the sunset photo as the background then selected the girl from my water colour painting and then added a photo of one of my Encaustic paintings to add a more painterly look to the sunset along with a couple of little butterflies.  I used a number of different filters to get the effect I wanted.

Here are the image layers I used to create this in Photoshop Elements 10.

Lo de Marcos Sunsetencaustic painting     Until next time, happy creating!

Michelle

Canvas, Wax and Cardboard……..

I am always eager to try new things and as I get braver with my art and not so worried about making a mess or mistakes by just letting things flow I enjoy the results much more.

So keeping with experimenting with Encaustics I decided to take a piece of canvas that I had done a photo transfer on using one of my digital collages and incorporated it into this piece.  I added some corrugated cardboard to add more depth and texture, glued the canvas and cardboard and some papers onto a wood cradle board and then did some layers of bees-wax.

Love, Focus

Love, Focus

Next I scraped some of the wax off of in some areas, incised into the wax in areas and then added some India ink, oil pastels and pan pastels to create some shading.

I love that I was able to take one of favorite digital art pieces and create a new piece that has an aged encaustic look to it.

Until next time try something new and creative and don’t worry about the outcome just enjoy the journey.
Michelle

 

 

 

Organic Art in Encaustic

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we`re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

A few weeks back I went to a Sunday demonstration on Encaustic Collage at the Opus Art Store http://www.opusframing.com/how/demos in Langley to see if I could hone some more techniques while working – and I was delighted with what I learned.

The artist doing the demo was Nancy Crawford and she had lots of samples of encaustic collage work using different techniques.  She also offers workshops in Encaustics check out her website for more info http://www.thecreativecommitmant.com .

Attending this demo inspired me to get back to working with wax again as I had basically been working with acrylic and venetian plaster for the last few months.  So here is one of the pieces that I did.

Just Be

Just Be

What is different from what I have done in encaustic before is that I attached my collage pieces first using glue and then added layers of clear bees-wax rather than adding a few layers of wax first and then adding collage items.  Then I scraped back some of the wax so that the letters were more prominent and I also incised various areas and added oil paint and India ink to give it more colour and texture.

This is what the cradle board looked like before adding the wax and paint.  A good tip from Nancy was to paint the base of the frame with black acrylic and then cover with masking tape once it is dry to protect it from dripping wax which eliminates having to scrape off the wax.  It worked perfectly!

Before adding wax

Before adding wax

Until next time happy creating.

Michelle

 

Free to Be Artisan Show and Sale – Saturday, May 17

I am excited to be participating in the “Free to Be” Artisan Show and Sale on Saturday, May 17th. There will be a great variety of art created by local artisans on display and for sale.

Partial proceeds to go to Kids with Cancer.

The show is taking place at:

Sunrise Banquet and Conference Centre
188th and # 10 Hwy.
Surrey, BC
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION

Here are a few of my new creations that I will have available at the show tomorrow.

Your Heart Knows the Answer

Your Heart Knows the Answer


Dream

Dream


Thoughts Blossom

Thoughts Blossom

So if you are in the neighbourhood, perhaps heading to the Cloverdale Rodeo drop by and you just might be pleasantly surprised by the art created by some very talented artists.

Hope to see you there!

Michelle

Inspired Arts and Gifts

“You are never too old to dream a new dream.”

I am so happy to announce that I have five of my original mixed media collages for sale at Inspired Arts and Gifts located at 42333 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack BC.  inspiredartsandgifts.com  This is a delightful store that supports local artists by giving exposure for their art.  There is incredible art for sale –  everything from pottery, jewellery, stained glass, antiques, handmade furniture, body care products, cards, photography and much, much more.

If you are looking for a unique hand-crafted gift for a special Birthday, wedding gift, etc.  this shop is really worth checking out.  So if you are on your way to Cultus Lake for the long weekend be sure to drop in and check out the many unique and one-of-a-kind pieces of art created by very talented local artists.

This canvas is one of the five that I have for sale at the store.

 

16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

So the next step is getting ready for the “Free to Be” Artisan Show & Sale I will be participating in on May 17 @ the Sunrise Banquet & Conference Center, 188th & #10 Highway, Surrey, BC from 10 – 3 pm.  Free Admission!

Until next time, happy creating.

Michelle

Happy Mistakes

“Live in the field of possibilities.”

I have a number of canvases I have worked on and left and keep going back and looking at them and with this one I finally decided that I really didn’t like it and it was time to recycle the hot mess it had become by covering it up with Venetian plaster. I should have taken a picture of it first but I really like the transformation.

The original canvas had a couple of paper circles that still showed through the plaster so I made them into some colourful abstract flowers instead. To give the canvas lots of texture I used a stamp when the venetian plaster was still wet.

Be Kind

Be Kind

The blue paint I thought was acrylic and I was adding water to it and trying to dab it off in places and then realized that actually I had mixed in a tube of oil paint with my acrylics and that is what it was, but in the end I really like the contrast and how it went onto the canvas.  So it was a happy mistake as often art turns out to be.

The quote BE KIND I had painted onto the original canvas and I decided that I wanted to keep it in view on the revised piece – it is a reminder to always choose to be kind.

Michelle

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