Wednesday, May 20, 2009

more artroom play


a couple of pieces i worked on over the weekend. they are a continuation of my experimentation with faces and different techniques. the "tutu girl" is all acrylic paint with just a touch of glitter on her tutu. this was my first attempt in a long time to simply paint without all the added pieces of torn paper. i'm pleased with her leotard, her tutu, the background and the flowers but will start a new canvas to see what i can improve on her face and hair. i just tell myself to keep practicing!! the "keep growing" piece is a true mixed media piece with a variety of torn papers, acrylic paints, shiva paint sticks, rubber stamps and a bit of copper wire. you can't tell from the photo but the flowers in the bottom corners were made with a palette knife and very thick globs of acrylic paints. they took forever to dry but were a fun experiment.

i'm working toward a large update to my etsy shop with several originals. it's long days at the day job and long nights in the art room for me. but many of you know what i'm talking about, right?

one last thing: thank you, thank you, thank you all for all your kind words about my "awakening piece". i feel a warm glow from all your love and encouragement. i am so blessed in so many ways and i appreciate all of you more than i can say. you've given me a renewed creative vigor and it is much appreciated!

9 comments:

lori vliegen said...

your work always has such a happy thread going through it! i love it that you're adding sweet little portraits to your mixed media work...keep growing, girl, keep growing! :)

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

Oh Julie,
I love their sweet faces and what girl wouldn't feel special with a little sparkle in her tutu :) I love the textured flowers too-beautiful! I've used spackle before to make textured flowers(or anything for that matter)pretty neat.
Wonderful response to my question about who you'd spend the day with-How lucky we are :)

P.S....those stamps are heavenly!

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Love both of your pieces, amazingly lovely. You paint with such aliveness love your rich colors. I love your work, it speaks to me.

thanks for stopping by!

willow said...

The one at the top is especially sweet!

cindy : quaint said...

your new work is wonderful. there's something very folk art about it. i love seeing you explore a new subject.

Artist Unplugged said...

Wow, these are really terrific....keep it up!

Julie said...

Oh these are beautiful with so much depth and feeling. I love your flowers too!

Shannon said...

love your attitude! Art is always a work in progress (I think, anyway)! Very pretty pieces, btw!

Kerri Jean said...

I just love these Julie, especially "keep growing." I want to reach out and touch all of the textures. This piece just sings to me.