Here is my mixed-media painting for Cathy Nichols' Found Art Friday and Louise Gale's Creative Color Challenge. They decided to combine them since the two went together so well. The Found Art Friday theme is "To The Sea", and the Color Challenge theme is "Sea-Green".
I immediately knew I wanted to paint waves, but when I started to work on it this Tuesday I was not very happy with where it was headed. Yesterday when I worked on it, I started by painting over what was already there (3 smaller waves) because it didn't have the impact that I wanted. When I painted this larger, more graphic wave I immediately liked it better.
I added the "spray" by rubbing on Golden's Fiber Paste with my finger. When dry, I rubbed a bit of Heavy Gel Medium in a gloss, to add a bit more sheen in areas. It still didn't look finished, so I added the border around it. I did this by 1st wetting a stamp, then rubbing over it with a black water-soluable(WS) crayon. I sprayed it with more water then stamped it on, then I rubbed out some areas with a wet paper towel to soften it. I then took black and then white WS crayons and outlined the border here and there.
For the Color Challenge you have to use only shades of sea-green, along with black and white if you want, and this week Louise said we could also add metallics. I added painted cheesecloth in the bottom corner, and added a few objects that looked like they were found in the ocean....a smashed piece of copper pipe (hey, you never know), a silver shell, sea glass, and a brass ring, along with some copper wire. To balance it I added a copper tack to the other three corners.
I'm not sure if it's finished yet, I feel like I need to work on the border a bit more, but I'll see what happens when I step away from it for a bit. If I change anything, I'll show you a picture of it later.
I'm off to go to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach (a wonderful art show)! I'm so excited! Woohoo! There are some amazing artists every year, can't wait to see what they came up with this time. Bye.
Umm...yeah, I'm back and yes...I need to fix the border. I'll post pics when it's done.