Monday, May 7, 2012

A Break from the Abstract

As much as I am loving playing around with abstract art work, I still need to make time for what I normally like to work on.

Just because I like to work on something, doesn't mean that I can't push my boundaries a little.  This is a little different than what I am used to.  Normally I like to work with watercolor and micron pens straight on to watercolor or mixed media paper.

This time around, I layered patterned paper on Bristol board and then placed a light layer of gesso over the whole thing.  The bird was drawn/painted with inktense pencils and highlights were added with gouache.  The whole time I was trying to ignore the itch to use micron pens.

A lot more materials were used than what I'm usually comfortable with, but overall I loved the outcome.  And I think that it still felt a like it was mine.  Definitely a process I would love to try again!


Jo | Crafting the Sacred said...

Love the energy of this piece. The layering on the wing works amazingly well - gives the overall piece so much depth.

Dianne said...

Yes, definitely a terrific combination of techniques and style. love it! I too feel the urge to outline everything in's not necessarily a bad thing though. glad you shared the results of your experiment.