Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wine Themed Art

Texas Wine

Bernhardt and Retreat Hill Wineries

Lazy Creek Vineyards

Blackstone Wine Mixed Media

Bernhardt Wine Mixed Media

Lost Maples Mixed Media

It's a whole month of wine themed events at the Woodlands.  The Woodlands Art League is displaying a front window of wine themed art.  I have just completed several pieces.  Two traditional and a total of four mixed media that have a bit of a contemporary feel.  The process of creating mixed media work is very liberating, you really don't have to do much thinking, I just go with what feels right.   On these I used an acrylic paper for my base, put layers of acrylic paint for a backdrop then adhered my paper ephemera with gel medium.  I then went in an added the vines, grape leaves and bordered and finished up with the pen and ink.  I used some metallic acrylics for the first time and like the bit of shine it gives the final work. The point is, don't be afraid to just jump in.  There is no right or wrong and each time a learn a bit more.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ATC Cards

Daisy Girl

Fairy Girl

Love the history of the Artist Trading Cards and have traded a few with my sister.  I was invited to a gathering the other night of fellow artists and we were asked to bring along two cards (one to give away and one to keep).  Since I was busy looking through the book Fairy-ality, a wonderful collection of fashions created by using God's beautiful bounty, I decided to use this as my inspiration.  What I love about these are they are quick, fun and don't require a huge commitment.  It is also the perfect place to try your hand at something new. I traded mine and received a beautiful one in return entitled "Dream".  I had a wonderful evening and came away inspired.

Friday, May 11, 2012


With summer in full swing and all the fun activities that go with it I just had to play with this photograph.  I used a photo oil paint finish and love the bright bold colors.  Colors that remind me of childhood and fun times.