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Spirit of Place Part 3

November 13, 2011
Spirit of Place: If Nothing Ever Changed...No. 1

I read the book “Art at the Speed of Life” by Pam Carriker.  In the book it discusses ways to do artwork when there is little time to work.  For me, the suggestions from this book assisted my process and allowed me time for teaching.

The works discussed in this blog are a continuation of the “Spirit of Place” series.  By this point, as noted in previous blogs, I was producing three at time. This one is named: “If If Nothing Ever Changed, There Would Be No Butterflies [numbers one through three]”

The support for the paper portion of the series “Spirit of Place” is a heavy-weight painting paper.  Paper was chosen because it is light-weight and easier to ship.  I do not prepare the paper by putting gesso on it, I used a thin glaze of Acrylic paint instead.  This acts as a “tint” for the paper.

The process begins with the aforementioned layer of glaze.  Once the glaze dries, the papers are arranged, then glued [using an acrylic glaze medium] down.  I paint a couple layers of glaze over the papers, then glue more on top.  Texture is created in doing the paper layers without using extra thick paint!

After this last step, I made the creation of the design.  I pencil the plant-life lightly onto the artwork, and use a thicker application of paint.  Some areas of the collage painting were wiped with paper towel using a “light hand” to allow the area to be seen.

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On this particular artwork are layered pieces of a variety of different types of papers, die cut flowers, newspaper, repurposed paper towel [previously used to blot canvases or wipe brushes], repurposed magazine clips, and a piece of a rubbing on tissue paper, gesso-stamped flowers.  Over all of these paper layers, I have made layered glazes [thicker] of acrylic paints.  This collage painting is 9 inches by 6 inches in size.

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