Sunday, December 27, 2015

Big Red Flower Painting - Gifted

Hello Friends,

Whew...the craziness busyness of the holiday season is beginning to wind down. I have several art projects I made over the last couple of weeks to share. I could not share them until the people they were gifted to had opened the packages. Those people who received art from me are also those who support my artistic endeavours by following my blog and videos. They even like and comment on my stuff :) So the first one I will share here is the two foot by two foot painting I did for my best friend Cindy. She likes red..a lot... so many of the things I make for her feature that color. She told me she has a whole wall of art that needs more art to fill it. So, I made a large canvas! With the exception of the lighted Christmas tree canvases I made last year...this is the biggest canvas I have done. I think that is because my desk is small and so I have to work on large things elsewhere. I set up a folding table in another room and usually stand up to do the big things which is where this started. I now see why people paint with easels. It is hard to see what your composition looks like when it is laying flat on a table. Your perception is skewed. But since I do mixed media with much collage and drips and splatters..I don't think I am becoming a easel sort of painter. I am not sure what the happy medium is either LOL. I have many larger canvases in my closet but am not sure they will get used soon! So anyway..enough with the rambling on! Here is the canvas.


It started out as a collage using red and green scraps and text paper.


Then I went over it with some watered down gesso to make a flatter tone.


Then I used some modeling paste and a few stencils to make some texture in random places.


Next came some spray and liquid inks. 



Then I started the base layer of my image using Neocolor II water soluble crayons. I blended with some watered down white acrylic paint and a brush to activate the colors.



After a few days I came back to the project and added in  fluid acrylic paints. I used Decoart media line paints. I really like the liquid feel of these paints.


To finish up the piece I added scribbley lines using watered down black paint in a fine tip bottle and some drips and splatters with liquid acrylic ink. 



I also added some positive words along the petals in some areas



And I did some finger painting to bring out texture.




I hope you enjoyed my project. Watch for a couple more 'gifted projects' coming soon on video on my Youtube channel. This one was so big I just took photos..
<3 Shel





14 comments:

  1. It was a very awesome gift. It's on my wall in a place of honor. Thank you!!! C

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  2. oh wow this is beautiful. Great process. and beautiful out come :)

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    1. Thank you Susan :) It was fun to create.

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  3. That is an amazing canvas, Shel! I first saw it on Facebook, and I'm glad I came over to see it in more detail. Beautiful layers!

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    1. Thank you Zsuzsa :) I am glad you came over too..so someone is reading this blog..LOL

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  4. What a wonderful gift, Shel - the colour combination is terrific, and I love the collage peeking through. Fabulous! Happy New Year, my friend - may 2016 be the best yet for you. xo

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    1. Thank you Win :) I am looking forward to lots of great art in the new year from all of us! I got some new supplies for gifts that I am dying to try out when everything gets back to normal!

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  5. Lucky recipient, Shel!! Beautiful art work!!

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  6. So beautiful Shel! I love your shading-perfect!
    I had to pin this to my friend's art board! ")
    Jackie xo

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    1. Thank you Jackie :) I am honored to be on the friend's art board...you have some amazingly talented friends!

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