Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Portrait Mixed Media Art Tutorial

I just prepared my painting for the "Something Red" show we have each year in Salem OR. It opens on first Wednesday of Decemeber and it has become a tradition for me to make something red each November. If you follow my blog you will see dolls and other art works with red in them. It is usually in the fall this happens of course.
I have been wanting to try my hand at a large canvas. But to be safe I wanted to do Mix media so I could try things out and be intuitive as I went. I have in my mind a scripture that has been comforting me.

The part that blesses me are these words.
"He Crowns Me with Loving Kindness and Tender Mercies"
Psalms 103:4
and this is good too.. "who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion," Not that my life is in the pits at all ..it is just that we have baggage from our past and it is sweet to know we are blessed and loved. And of course the daily struggles to reach our goals and get our art out and sold.
So with that in mind..I painted a face that would have a crown of course.
My favorite books and faces in hand...
but I had to clean my desk..and studio to get that big canvas on it...
It was fun to paint large. I used both acrylic paints and the black Stablilo marking pencil. (It works over glass or anything) You need to paint over the black lines with gel medium to stabilize the black otherwise it can smear all over your art. I also on occasion would paint a layer of gel over the whole face so that I could scrub it back if I made a mistake and wanted to start over on my last version underneath.
Hmm. how to set up the painting.
I really love my studio.. so quiet and warm and clean...to think....Next I took a very large canvas..got out all my stamps and stencils and red paints. I went wild and pushed the paint all around till I had a beautiful Red backdrop for my painting.
I used stencils I bought at a paint store in Venice.
I had to clean my studio again..I just can't work with junk piled everywhere .yeeks...
I also did a red mixture with stencils on her dress. The process of collage has started...
The dress was too red so started over and made a new dress. After using gel to glue down things on the dress I took my sewing machine and outlined items as well as making lines to give the dress definition. Painting back over the stitches when I was finished.

As painting moved on I realized that I was putting all my favorite things into the painting...so I typed the words "Favorite Things" to put somewhere.

I love Venice Italy..so I added a window photo I took this summer while riding down the Grand Canal.....

And then I put a photo of another favorite thing using photo shop into the Venice window of a peacock...symbolizing beauty..the white ones are so lovely. I happened on a white one once while driving the back roads of Scotland years ago. It was sitting on the brick fence in front of a house. So magical.

And then white lilies...ahh....my all time favorite flower. The smell sends me.
A favorite restaurant called Amadeus in Portland Oregon always has them on the tables. It has a beautiful view of the Columbia river and it was built in the 1920's It has the feel of a old men's club..so nostalgic.

and of course wings..and the butterflies...soaring around...I just love them...

So now it is called "Favorite Things". and I wrote the words to the Psalm on her dress and painted over them...our little secret...
I had fun using Photo shop to make my collage items.
I found antique botanical prints on line and made them larger and smaller. I changed their colors in the hue...then I painted on some of them ...and used watercolor crayons and pit pens...so pretty.
Her hair was a challenge. I started with a white Stablilo marking pencil...then I painted it red..I didn't like that so I went back to using the white stablilo marker pencil on black
I finished by drawing in the Venice canals and buildings... sprayed it with clear spray to make sure the water soluble pencils and crayons didn't smear.......

Pretty girl in her Crown...
A week in the making...
Love to see your version if you make one.

Blessings for your Thanksgiving preparations...oxoxo

PS
If I learned many of these original techniques from various teachers on the web blog links, online classes. As well as at Art and Soul, Artfest, and through Somerset Studios magazine and Stampington Magazine group...it is great fun!
Here is my first painting I started using techniques from Misty Mawn's class years ago.
Here is a blog post with a little of the process of making it.

12 comments:

Lotus said...

Very beautiful!
Lotus

Janny said...

Gorgeous and thanks for sharing;o)

spindelmaker said...

Wow, what a job! Very impressive. She´s beautiful of course!

Tina Eudora said...

Wow Deirdra those are just beautiful! I love watching your process it is fascinating.
And thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting! Always a pleasure!
Tina xo

Diane said...

I cannot get over how beautiful your art is!! And great tip about the gel medium--thank you for showing the process!

Heather said...

wow, this is just absolutely beautiful! I love all that is going on in this painting, and all the detail. She's a regal miss! And how fun to see all the process!~

Janine said...

Oh Deirdra, this is so absolutely fabulous! I love it! Now I have to go back and stare!

Sarah said...

It is lovely Deirdra-and a great demonstration of the possiblities of mixed media. Happy thanksgiving to you and John!

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY FRIEND. i HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY. THIS BLOG POST IS FREAKING AWESOME AND THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR FROM YOU. LOL YOU GIRL NEED TO HAVE A WORKSHOP AND I WILL BE THERE FIRST IN LINE. WOOOOHOOO ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WORK DEIRDRA...I JUST LOVE YOUR STYLE GIRL. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME WORKSHOPS FROM YOU. LOL
LOVE YA

Janine said...

Deirdra, I keep coming back to this page to look at both those painting/collages that you have done! I do hope you will sell prints of them in your Etsy!

Vickie said...

Beautiful and so serene. I love how you shared the process and I learned quite a bit. Thanks

rebecca's rainbow kisses said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sending me the link to this blog post. I am inspired to do collage more :)