Wow… lots of things have changed in the last year. My husband and I finally moved to our new home and beautiful property, where inspiration is everywhere. For me, it’s a magical place, full of nature and God’s glory.
One BIG part of the move was leaving my huge studio space in Downtown Melbourne and downsizing my art materials and furnishing to a smaller space at the new home. Change is good… they say. I’m settling in to this new space and am anxious to get a regular art routine established.
I’m taking tons of photos. I’ve always loved photography and bought my first “real” camera when I was 17. I only shoot with my iPhone for now, but it’s perfect for me.
I’ll be having a solo show in 2024 at FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY, in Melbourne, Florida and have quite a few pieces in progress. I’ll be sharing those here. My show is titled: “SOUTHERN ROOTS, Where the Alligators Live”. My love for the southern landscape and nature is the inspiration.
inspiration in everywhere
Starting a new piece
I’ll be applying imitation gold leaf to this large wood panel to prepare it for a new mixed media collaged artwork.
applying Gold leaf
an adhesive is applied and after a few minutes it becomes tacky. The gold leaf sheets are carefully laid onto the sticky adhesive and softly brushed in place
Ready for the next step
The panel is now ready and I will be sketching a loose composition on top of the paint and gold leaf.
This is a piece on my easel now. It is a 36″x36″ cradled board that has been gold leafed. At this stage I have sketched a drawing that will be my composition.
Now I start to collage with patterned paper that I have previously painted.
continuing to collage
I will be covering the majority of the gold leaf with collage.
I am looking to develop shadows and a realistic rendering of the birds.