Tuesday, January 3, 2017

mixing media- or i'm all over the place

as we enter 2017, i am, as usual, all over the place. i have a new camera and lens for wildlife photography and have been getting out with it in preparation for a trip to california in a few weeks. i'm going to love it. one goal for this year is to do something with the photos i take besides paint from them. not sure what that looks like- it may be checking into stock photo sites or looking for a way to sell them online.

i have had the luxury of studio time, as traveling was curtailed the last few weeks. finished this mixed media commission- acrylic paint, marker, pen on board.

another for the totem series- the pelican is also marker and acrylic paint, work in progress. i am using the same media as i did with the raven above. i'm finding that i like the control i get by drawing- using a marker, pen or oil bar.  

another raven, this is oil on an acrylic background. i was struggling with her until i got the oil bars back out, then she started coming together.

back to playing with oil bar. and doing a landscape, which i haven't done in quite a while. i love using these- it's like finger painting and i love the blendability. bought some larger canvasses so i can experiment with drawing with the bars instead of using a brush and painting with them. the burrowing owl is the first trial- and i did enjoy sketching her out so we'll see where this goes.

lastly, playing with watermedia on paper. don't love this, but learned a few things and maybe if i brighten the eyes it will be better. i'm wanting to do some works on paper to sell unframed as an affordable alternative. i would like this better had i done the outline in pencil, it's a learner.

looking at these together, i see that the thing that unites them (other than that they're bird images) is that i am actually enjoying the drawing aspect of the work. my daily drawing practice has paid off and i am much more confident in my ability- to the point where i'm having fun with it. i always drew with my paintbrush but used to grid or trace the image- except for landscapes, where i was freer. it's nice to have the confidence and ability to start with a drawing. 

lots rolling around in my brain. it will be interesting to see where 2017 takes me. i do plan to do more shows and get my work back out there, trying to figure out how to do that. should be a fun year :)

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