Last night the creative muse was out in full force resulting in a very productive evening. I painted a few octopus pendants, made a lovely green jasper bracelet and painted a new piece.
Lots of things have been known to spark my inspiration as it goes for most artists, but for this piece I was thinking of the ocean, missing the Atlantic, I had just finished “Washed Away” and had just sold “Industrial Wash” over the weekend.
So I started this piece knowing that I wanted to use a blue brown palette with the sea in mind and went from there.
I’ve called it “Be Still” as it reminds me of the story in the Gospels of Jesus calming the storm at sea.
So here it is complete with painted textured sides. It is painted on a 12″ x 24″ gallery style canvas. I’ll be listing it soon for sale so if anyone is interested in giving it a home message me 🙂
I picked up this Gallery style canvas of a flower at a yard sale last summer (that somebody had bought at one of those home decor places) with the intent of recycling it into a painting that wasn’t mass produced.
Like most things I stash away in my studio with grand ideas of Artistic Expression it sat there for over a year.
But the other night, I wanted a break from my “Tree of Knowledge” painting since I’ve been working on it pretty steadily so I grabbed my Liquitex Acrylic paint markers and just started painting.
When I began, all I knew was that I wanted to use Teals & Blues and next thing I knew I was painting an Abstract expression of Baptism and from there it turned into a very meditative piece.
It’s rather fitting actually, washing away of the old mass produced into something new and unique.
I plan on adding gold elements to it at some point but here is how it’s sitting at the moment.
So not terribly surprising but I fell off the posting wagon again.
I need an app that let’s me just think my posts into existence lol
So what’s new?
Glad you asked.
I spent most of January off, took a trip down East to visit family and of course spent scads of time doing year end & inventory so that sort of justifies my lack of presence 😉
I’ve been more active on Facebook so you should like my page to keep up to date on my Etsy sales and current jewelry creations, & upcoming venues. A Milke Custom Art & Jewelry
I’ve also been working on scads of projects, some old and some new including picking up work on my Tree of Knowledge 4 foot painting which I thought I would update you on the progress of in this post.
When last I posted about this piece this is where I left off.
I’ve spent the last few weeks working on it and I’ll post the progress gallery below but essentially what I did was build up lots and lots of texture and layers using a variety of products including Golden’s Pumice Gel, Glass Beads, Heavy Gel, Fiber Paste and other acrylic mediums.
For the “Good” side once my layers we built up I painted that half of the tree with Golden’s Pearl paint and highlighted in silver and outlined in Gold. This gave it a gorgeous iridescent effect that is awesome in person but hard to capture with my cell camera. Once it’s all done I get proper photo’s take.
For the Snake I based with glass beads which gave a very nice smooth but bumpy snakeskin feeling and highlighted with gold flecks.
And for the “Bad” half I used heavy gel to give pointy texture and pumice for the roots that gives a rough sandy feeling and highlighted with a metallic dried blood colored red for the tree outline, I had originally based that half of the tree in black with gray highlights but I found the detail too dark so I later reversed them and am happier with the outcome.
I’m hoping to finish it this week but I like to let things mellow for a few days so I can step back and get of feel of what I want to do next or call it good.
Well that’s it for today.
I promise I have a few more posts coming this week so check back with me.