This particular abstract painting has had many different lives. It started out as a colored inks exploration, I was enjoying the loose splatter/ drip techniques when I knocked over a bottle of masking fluid all over the first stages of art piece. Watercolor paper can be a bit pricy so I continued on.
I layered complimentary colors until I thought it was done, standing back I could see an aerial view map of roads and lakes of the Michigan landscape. My sister-in-law took a look at it and said I should name it Pizzicato, she has an extensive music background. That sounded better than aerial map so I agreed but first I had to look up the definition of pizzicato.
(plucking the strings of a violin or other stringed instrument with one's finger.)
It takes more than one person to help me get through the day.
Who could resist such a face?
This little panda baby is almost huggable.
I took a not so successful underpainting and covered it with various rice papers to create a panda bear. I really like the colors that peek out in his face to add to its artistic expression. Please notice the textured white rice paper to give the illusion of a furry face.
I deeply admire the work of colorist Anne O’brien-Gonzales. I have her book; Bold Expressive Painting plus three of her painting demonstration DVD’s.
Her style speaks to me with its loose brush strokes, a bunch of color with a touch of mixed media whimsy.
I set up a still life with my Fiesta water pitcher, an old spice tin and fish salt and pepper shakers. The palette was complimentary with rice papers added for texture. The lilacs are out of my imagination.
I can almost smell the sweet scent of the lilac flowers.
MOOLIN ROUGE Mixed Media
I deliberately misspelled Molin to Moolin and collage to cowllage for my entry to Art Mundo's exhibit of "All Things Bovine".
Local artists from around the Treasure Coast submitted cow paintings and I feared that many would think of this play on words for my Cowllage but I was the only one. I think it has a fun whimsical happiness persona and it is all a figment of my imagination.
This unique art project took an esoteric turn when I tried to symbolize actual board games that people play while implying the human interaction games we all play at one time or another.
First there is the checker board background that could be checkers, chess or parcheesi. Floating off of the background are sheets of Masa paper molded into the classic X & O’s shapes. These X’s & O’s have gold painted on the top surface in my triptych of matching shadow box frames.
Mary Ellen Koser