Sunday, April 27, 2008

Layered Borders

In early August of 2005 I took a workshop at Metairie Park Country Day School's "The Colony." Chris Guarisco showed us how to work in mixed media. This is one of several pieces I completed.

cold wax, colored tissue paper, oil and watercolor pencil on canvas board, 11" x 14"

Thursday, April 24, 2008


In college when I took the course Freehand II, there was a project we did that involved charcoal rubbings on tracing paper collaged with colored inks. Later on when I was teaching, I thought I’d experiment with the same method. I already had those supplies and I wanted to convince my students to work with mixed media. So I created this piece as a sample. Usually if the students saw me enjoy making a piece first it was an easier sales job to convince them.

mixed media, 11" x 15"

This time I used rice paper to make charcoal rubbings from objects and surfaces around the artroom. I then painted matte acrylic polymer to adhere the rubbings to watercolor paper. After the rubbings were dry, I spray fixed them. I then painted layers of color inks on top of them.

While digging through some boxes I found this piece. I think I will try to do some more works using these materials. It’s a direction that I really had not pursued.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Texture Fun

This was the second piece I created in a workshop during The Colony in 2004. We played with splattering paint and adding texture on top of watercolor paper. Some of the techniques we used were new to me.

mixed media on paper, 15" x 22"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gold Rock

The rock series of mixed media pieces began with this workshop piece I created in August of 2004. Having made this piece I wanted to try the technique on my own.

mixed media, 16" x 20"