Wednesday, November 25, 2009

be happy



good morning coffee cups
mixed media collage
20" x 20" x 1"
solid aspen wood
(c) 2009 julie king

this is my latest repurposed collage. i pulled this one out of the artwork graveyard in the corner of my art room and painted over the rather ugly landscape i created months ago.  i've so enjoyed reworking these pieces. i'm thinking about spending a couple of days applying random crumpled paper to boards and canvasses to have ready when i feel like creating. it is great to be able to get straight to the nitty gritty of the design without having to lay all the foundation, etc. the top layer of color on the cups is pastel chalk applied heavily in multiple layers. i like the look of chalk applied over textured paper. i've been doing some quick sketches in pastels on brown kraft paper and textured scrapbook paper. i'm trying to train myself to simply let go and let the design flow out my fingers in quick and minimal strokes. it is fun but i have a hard time letting go and not overworking it. it is fun and relaxing though.

a short day of work today. yeah!!

16 comments:

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I really like this one Julie!! Does the chalk smudge when touched? I've never used them. Anyway, it is a great piece! Happy Thanksgiving!

julie king said...

thanks, lisa!!! i use a matte spray to seal the surface really well before adding the varnish. i had to learn that the hard way. one of the very first pieces i used pastel chalk on smeared really badly. it ended up in the art graveyard.

have a wonderful thanksgiving, lisa and thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!

cindy said...

it's a wonderful collage, julie! enjoy your holiday!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I need to learn to use pastels. My darling daughter gave me a truckload of pastel paper. It is too rough for the watercolors I like to use. I didn't tell her it was wrong. I just figued I would get me some pastels and go to work. I have yet to do it. I don't really know what they are or what to do with them. Hmmmmm.....
This work of yours is so neat. I realllllly like it.

Micki said...

Looks great to me, seems like your having a lot of fun!

Micki x

Christine said...

there's something very comforting about your 'coffee cup' theme

Almost Precious said...

Your repurposed art turned out fantastically. I like the way the cute chunky mugs are stacked upon each other, gives it a very free spirit feel. Would look lovely in an intimate breakfast nook.
Enjoy your short day at work and may your Thanksgiving be a wonderful one.

ArtistUnplugged said...

This is marvelous Julie!!! You do such an awesome job in this type of medium, love the results! I am right there with you on your Tuesday post of a simpler life, raising kids, etc., amen to it all. I am being thankful at this time that you come by my site some and leave comments and support...have a great Thanksgiving this year!

Donna said...

Love it! Of course, I love anything that has to do with coffee. Great piece of art, Julie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
Donna

Betsy said...

That's about how many cups it takes to get me going in the morning! ha! It's lovely! Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Julie!

Kelly said...

I LOVE all the texture is this Julie! Yummy!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I continue to love your work! This is a happy one. I pray you have a great Thanksgiving! God bless you!

Fannie said...

a wonderful resurrection, julie. thanks for sharing.

I'm grateful for your gift of friendship. Happy Thanksgiving.

sara's art house said...

LOVE it!!!!! That would make for a good morning to wake up to that great art!

Shannon said...

loving the colors and the message in this piece!

Eva in Athens, Greece said...

Hello Julie! I wonder if I can put this photo of your wonderful painting at the fb-page of our café: https://www.facebook.com/cheerscafeglyfada
?
Of course I'll put a link to your blog as well then.
Have a nice day!