"Squandered" - mixed media on wood panel (plywood, uncradled), 30" x 23". Available here and at Artfinder.
I am installed in a fairylike place. I do not know where to poke my head; everything is superb, and I would like to do everything, so I use up and squander lots of color, for there are trials to be made. - Claude Monet
Last month's workshop gave me HEAP LOADS of new tools to work with. And I decided to try to use them all in a mash-up.
So this piece began with two of my photographs put through an app called Image Blender. It allows you to take two photos (or a photo and an image of a painting, or two paintings) and merge them into one blended composition. (Before you ask, inserting a photo of your own face over your landscape photographs is a terrible idea!) You can adjust which image is dominant, or blend them equally. After I saved that image, I ran it through theNotanizer app so I could adjust the values within the blended pic.
Image Blender + Notan Photo Mash-Up
Now that's a LOT of app use for this painter. But the results were intriguing, so I sketched it out on a large piece of plywood with Artgraf and white gesso. And asked myself "NOW WHAT?"
Thanks to the course, I have some mad paint blending skills. So I went to the book of Monet paintings referenced during the course and chose one of Monet's dark, moody garden paintings as my inspiration color palette. Stealing a palette from a master is a lovely shortcut when you want to be certain everything will harmonize.
Using as wide a variety of paint application implements as possible (extreme variety instead of extreme limitation) and adding 80 million layers of acrylic paint and watercolor crayon (well, maybe not quite that many) - something happened that made me step back and smile.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the "Joy Pocket" challenge last week! Wonder Mike put his nose in a pile of names, and came up with Carl S. as the winner of a tiny original painting! Congratulations, Carl!