ACRYLIC SKIN FLOWERS
What are acrylic skins and how does one make them?
Wikipedia:"Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry."
Acrylic paints are composed of linked polymer molecules that lend themselves to drying into an elastic film. I took a glass non-stick surface and spread out many different colors of thin acrylic paint then swirled them about a bit to create interesting color variations. After the paint was completely dry I used a single edge razor blade to gently peeled off the thin films. Looking at the color patterns I saw flowers so I cut out the floral shapes and glued them down on my canvas with acrylic medium.
I did not hold back at all with my acrylic skin flowers, it is totally colorist, expressionist and wonky. I added purchased papers and stamping to give even more mixed media variety.
I was really in the zone for this one!
My artistic rabbit hole adventure at the time of this painting was pointillism.
I was aware of this movement but did not know any details so off to the research on line:
“Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists,…”
With the child’s face I used larger dots of warm and cool colors to give the illusion of depth. I thought it was a modern adaption to an older technique. I must relate what a man said of my painting at one of my tent art shows;
“ The kids looks sick”, well thanks for your honesty.
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.
All of the easels I have used over the last 30 years were cheap or free, wobbly, hard to use and generally unsatisfactory. I have known about windmill easels for a few years but never had the nerve or the money to purchase one. After I retired from my open air tent art show career, I took the earnings and the advise of my artist friends and splurged on a windmill easel.
This easel suits my style of painting because I like to use the drip technique so being able to turn the canvas or paper at different angles aids in getting the paint to flow in any direction. I can easily set the easel at any angle (upright for acrylics and 45 or so for watercolors) and even lower it to a horizontal position for mixed media work. The windmill arms turn 360 degrees in both directions.
The down side is the size of the easel. I have a 10x12 bedroom as my studio and it is difficult to find a spot where the light is just right but I don’t trip over it or it hides storage that I need to get to. In my next life I will order a bigger studio but for now I will be happy with what I have.
I had the pleasure of taking painting lessons from Johnny Daniels in Fort Pierce, Florida. Johnny Daniels was one of the original “Highwaymen” of the 1960’s era.
I emulated four of Daniels paintings that he had in his gallery under his instruction.
The fourth painting is in a private collection.
Wide expanses of beach, such as those found on our Treasure Coast, Florida, are prone to intense lightning strikes, which melt the quartz in the sand into a thin tubular or amoeba-like shapes also called fulgurites. We might call these convoluted structures “glass”.
I tried to capture the overwhelming energy of a lightning strike as well as the shapes that that form into fulgurites.
Just thought you would like to know!
Mary Ellen Koser