Thursday, August 26, 2010

mr. moon



one of my favorite things to do is sing songs with my grandkids. jenna and i like to sing the "ants go marching" song over and over. she thinks it's funny to come up with made-up nonsensical words that rhyme with each of the numbers. layla likes me to sing the mr. moon song to her as she swings her legs in the car or dances in our living room. ben likes to lay his head on my shoulder while i rub his back and sing just about anything as long as he's curled up in his grandma julie's arms.

the appearance of that big late summer, early fall moon in the sky this week inspired this mixed media piece. it's an old piece of pine covered with dap spackling paste. i used rubber stamps, binder clips and a pencil to carve shapes in the wet paste. the house and the moon are covered in tissue paper and then painted and chalked with pastels. i love creating like this -- all loosey goosey, adding lots of texture and layers and being totally spontaneous.

i have several more of these spackle paste pieces in process. therapy -- art therapy -- who knew it came in a plastic tub of dap paste!

9 comments:

steviewren said...

A friend and I had supper on the veranda of a local restaurant this week. We watched that big ole moon as it began its ascent into the night sky. It was dreamy indeed.

I love your art therapy methods. Mine comes in a glue stick and torn magazine pages making collages of things I want to remember. I've been working in my tiny book this week. It's the size of a slide. In fact the front and the back is a slide.

Cathy Bueti said...

Love this piece! The colors are great and I really like the texture! Beautiful! :)

I am new to mixed media but I am having fun with it so far!

cindy said...

it's a wonderful piece julie ... the house looks like it has a face to me. enjoy your sing-song weekend!

RNSANE said...

Your work is so fun, Julie - whimsical, full of charm and delight. I can just imgaine you, singing away, with your grandchildren!! Lucky you - and them!

Christine said...

you sound like a wonderful grandma Julie. And way to go with the art therapy!

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

I have to say that I love these little houses and your use of our mutual medium, collage!

Kristy Worden said...

So glad your making art and feeling therapy... I love this piece... the colors are a little darker but rich, and the texture adds....

cindy said...

I want to try mixed media art but am afraid of where to start. I just don't understand it, I guess.

Loved the pictures of you babies!!

Altered Amanda said...

Just found you- Love this page!!!