Mixed Media: Angel (remix 2)

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I played the piano for years growing up. There was this piece called “La Estrelita” and a drawing of a latino man crooning to his angelic woman up in the window. This little angel reminds me of her.

I took apart a piece that I never liked, and began applying layers of paper and deep, blue acrylic to the background.

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The first version of the little estrelita:

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Her wings were odd, so I papered over and began again:

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The final Estrelita Remix 🙂

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Mixed Media: Angel (remix)

It’s cold tonight and the sky is blackish blue. I’ve started on a Winter series of Angels to oversee our dark hours here in the Northwest. I’ve been feeling really grateful for the therapy work that I’ve been providing all these years. I am grateful for the ways it so deeply engages me with others lives & emotions. I am often moved by the endurance of our human spirit, and come to love this fascinating, private, deep role I have in people’s lives. I have so much gratitude for everyone I work with.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ” ~albert schweitzer

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Ala Christy Tomlinson, one of my messy-brilliant mixed-media tutors, this piece starts with layered papers in two tones.

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Painting on this gorgeous deep blue, and scratching in some Shakespeare, was the most exquisite part of the whole piece.

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The moon is a piece of map, the angel is pieces of paper and dictionary paper, dabbed with paint, pencil, and pen.

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The flowers in the midnight field are dabs of gesso, pen and colored pencil.

In the end, I didn’t like her overall effect. She didn’t radiate the warmth I was looking for. So, I covered her over with more paper and began again. Now she fills the space.

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My mom loves this piece, and asked to have it. I was so attached when I first finished it, now I can’t wait to deliver it to her. Can you read the quote? Its so beautiful. “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” It’s really beautiful how all of our giving is really receiving, its all so mutual.

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Mixed Media: flower collage

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I posted this piece to my FB a few months ago, but never to my blog, and wanted to share my mixed media process with it. I pulled myself away from faces and focused all the layering and coloring and texturing I’ve learned –into this flower piece. It begins with the usual modge podge and tissue papers.

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I used acrylics and also lots of Caran D’Ache (“karn-dash” my French friend says) Neocolor crayons, which I love. They go on sort of creamy, and when wetted with finger or brush will smooth into gorgeous shades.

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I wanted to give every flower a unique face, but still have the whole piece hang together.

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It took hours and hours. Ugh. Its hard for me to spend that much time. 2/3’s of a day or so. Why is that so hard for me? Is it a muscle I need to grow? I’m not sure, but I like having 3 or 4 things going at once, to stay loose and inspired. Able to flit about acting like I don’t care. lol.