Last year on my leap list was the resolution to put myself out there and not fear failure. I entered a local art exhibition and my piece was selected to be a part of the show.
This year I was invited to submit a piece for the 2013 Aiken Retrospective: Nature and Beyond.
I worked on the piece during December and finished right after Christmas.
On Saturday everyone brought their pieces to be judged on Sunday. Mine was one of the dozens chosen for the exhibit.
I was thrilled!
I present "Sweet Gums in the Parking Lot" - a mixed media piece.
I will not bore you with the whole process to get the canvas to this point.
I was inspired by the sweet gum balls in the parking lot of our favorite restaurant, The Variety. The owner allowed me to use his menu. Thanks to Tammy at Homespun Happenings, I was able to copy the menu onto pieces of muslin through my HP Photosmart. Read Here!
The muslin pieces were Mod Podged onto the background of acrylics.
Then I painted the sweet gum balls down the left corner.
The painting has come to an end, but of course, being me means adding more.
(Yes, I remember my word for this year is LESS, but this was last year - 2012.)
Close-up of the sweet gum balls.
I really fell in love with drawing and painting these things. I may do a smaller piece with just a row of them.
Tight close-up shows the impressionist look.
I lightly stamped the letters, then painted and highlighted them.
I took a sponge with burnt sienna paint and lightly scrubbed over the canvas.
I further distressed it with walnut ink.
The piece was varnished with a satin varnish - several coats.
I had to go by today to see it hanging. I know the docents thought I was crazy when I asked to take photos of it hanging.
Notice that one sweet gum ball in the very bottom left corner? It is a real one from the parking lot affixed with a heavy duty gel medium.
It is not by a long, long shot a piece to make a true artist proud, but I took that step and did not fail.
That makes me a little less timid.
Aiken Retrospective: Nature and Beyond
January 9 - 25