I have a new textured painting to share. Well, ok, it was finished a month or two ago but it's new to you because you haven't seen it yet... unless you've been sneaking around my studio ;-)
This painting came about because I wanted to use one of my paint palette hearts. I use paper palettes often to squeeze and/or mix my paint onto, and quite a while ago I really liked the way one of my paint palette papers (say that fast 5xs) looked, so I didn't want to throw it out. It was loaded with globs of dried paint on both sides. I remembered seeing some birds done by Robert Burridge in which he used dried paint globs that were peeled up from plastic (or something like that). Very cool. So, inspired, I cut the paint-loaded paper into a big heart shape, knowing that I'd use it sometime later in my art.
And that's just what I did. I glued the heart onto a canvas with heavy gel medium, then proceeded to add texture all over the canvas with the medium.
I also glued down some lace, dried flower pods from the tree in our front yard, a very old square nail, and a bit of mesh.
I was struggling with the colors on this for a bit. There were so many colors on the heart that I wasn't sure which color(s) to bring out. In the very bad photo below you can see what it looked like for a bit, kind of a terra-cota color. I ended up painting it mostly red after that (no photo) and hated it, so I painted most of it out with an off-white.
I love how it looks with the red peeking through, not as the main focus. To make it all blend together better I went over the heart with the white also. I'm really loving the red/cream combo!
This piece to me is about my love of being an artist.
There's nothing like it.
I love being able to paint and play, and to know that it's what I am meant to do.
It is truly a blessing!