HollyDeanArtist: Often Medieval in Mood: Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

It's finished!

Did you read my last post? Here is what came next.
The bottom painting is complete. Time to do something with the top.

Old book pages and loose threads collaged on.
All is overpainted with watery green and bronze fluid acrylics.

Gothic "ruin" windows are added over top.

The area around the windows is darkened for contrast.
Circles are added [the colour & shape inspired by our miniature crab apple tree].

A hand-cut stamp is used to add architectural elements.
White connecting lines are added under the windows.

White connecting lines are gone - replaced with one large, soft line.

The large, soft line is collaged over with hand-stamped and painted paper.
[Made in my last Stamps, Stencils & Collage Papers workshop]

And... here is the final piece: "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other"
A mixed media painting, 36" x 48". It will JUST fit in the MINI Cooper ;)
Next it goes to Ottawa to be juried for the upcoming OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Art Exhibit: Proverbs, JAN 2014.

A detail shot, including some of the calligraphy.

I have SO enjoyed my time in the studio, trying a new approach to my work.
Thank you Flora Bowley for your inspiration!
And thank you to all of you out there who told me about Flora and her book.

Have a creative weekend everyone!

17 comments:

  1. Love seeing the evolution Holly! Great piece.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I find the evolution fascinating and I always take pictures along the way :)

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  2. It's so great that you do this for others to see! Not that many artists do that. And the end result is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Holly, can you give us an idea of many hours it took you to create this painting?

    Erin

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I love to share my process and I love to see what other artists are up to. Sharing our creative world is inspiring for all of us. As far as how many hours, I didn't keep track. The actual creating part was done over three days and there were already layers from the previous painting "Again" to help with the texture :)

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    2. That's helpful enough, though. I am getting close to getting my little, teeny, tiny pieces of well, I think we'll have to call them craft and not art...maybe one day!--up, and will send a link when I do...thanks!

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  3. Holly, your creativity is an inspiration to us. Carmen

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    1. Thanks so much, Carmen! I love to inspire and be inspired myself :)

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  4. Thank you for showing us the evolution of your painting. It looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, Véronique! I love to share and to see what other artists are doing :)

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  5. Holly, this is amazing! I really see "you" in this piece, but I also see some new elements of you. I'm sure you will win!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I love how that happens :)

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  6. The final piece is strong and so captivating. I always, always appreciate the sense of wonder, mystery, and the medieval world you evoke in most of your work. I am a William Morris/Pre-Raphaelite (among others) fan -- a large part of why I particularly enjoy your creations, Holly. Thanks for the "evolution" images: they promote your "mentorship" role which I also so love about you and your interpretation of your role as an instructor/artist. THANKS.

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    1. THANK YOU, Katharine! I am a fellow William Morris/Pre-Raphaelite (among others) fan :)

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  7. Amazing! And I loved seeing your "new" process!

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    1. Thanks so much, Seth! It was so freeing and I am itching to paint this way more :)

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  8. I lingered long time over this post! Thanks for sharing your process. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it ;)

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