November 13, 2014
Today I had the moment of discovery that, since I moved a large portion of my workshop up to my living-room for last nights class, I could supervise the children AND create at the same time! What a wonderful discovery! I also left all of my recording equipment downstairs and didn’t feel like lugging it all up the stairs. So I took advantage of creating without an audience.
I pulled out my art journal, gesso-ed up a page, and went to work creating what ever I came up with and just liberated my mind, allowing it to go where it wanted to. The first place it took me was to my sample kit of acrylic paints. I started off creating a sky with shades of blue paint and a baby wipe. Then I created grassy fields using 3 shades of green and a baby wipe. The next thing the page needed were some trees and a berry bush. I then added in some grassy detail work with shade of green, from olive to almost yellow. I added in some tiny red flowers, thinking on Remembrance day. Then I took a break because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do next.
After a hot cup of coffee, a snuggle with my kids and a bathroom break I came back to the table and decided I needed to add a bird. So I pulled out a bird stencil from folk art. It has a base open stencil and matching detail stencil so it seemed perfect for the job. Then I thought about a title. This one was a little difficult because I couldn’t verbalize the “why” behind this painting. When I looked at the bird I thought “Wild and Free”. Since I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head I decided to run with it.
Once everything was all dry I went back and added in all kinds of detail with my gelli roll pen.
Looking at the finished project I can say that working in my living room, not having to worry about the kids, and feeling liberated in my creativity, lead quite clearly to feelings of being “wild and free”. My husband asked me, later that evening, why the bird was so angry…I saw his expression as determined, but you can be the judge!
This spread is not a mixed media piece of art, but I did put it into my art journal so I figured I would slip it into the MM category on my blog.
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