Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's all in the Details!




The Warrior 24" x 12" x 2" acrylic, oil, collage, bas-relief 
and assemblage on masonite & board with wooden construct

I have been very busy working on a series of mixed-media paintings for my visual novel. Finally, I had a chance to start documenting my progress. 

The piece to the right is called The WarriorIt features many mixed-media painting techniques. Bas-relief and gold-infused details abound, working in tandem with the more painted areas of the figure. The entire collar and lower bodice are created using a series of custom textures that were built up in multiple layers using molding paste. 

Working in relief, I began by texturizing the working surface, using various collage techniquesThe chest plate structure is created using a debossing technique, custom stencils that I create myself, gesso, molding paste and gel medium. Lots of layering is done on the surface of this panel

The registration of relief elements is tight and critical to maintaining the overall symmetry of the piece... very little room for error! It is also quite a challenge to maintain the illusion of depth that is created by painting when areas of bas-relief thread throughout the piece. You don't ever want a three-dimensional effect to cancel out a two-dimensional one. Check out just some of the details below.  

The work also has a complex framing structure that will house the painting. Because of the complexity, I worked with my husband who came up with a 3D digital model to figure out how we would be able to incorporate the art with the design. The 3D environment not only allowed us to try different things but also also assisted in the purchasing and cutting of the wood to the appropriate size and shape. Shown below is the front plate. There is also a back plate that fits inside like a box. I am still playing with the painting of this, trying different layering techniques with color and texture. I plan on adding more relief in key areas.


For more intriguing mixed-media and bas-relief techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting

I  also have several workshops coming up online. They start in January 2017 so mark your calendars.

If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you will enjoy my upcoming online workshop Experimental Painting: The Mythical RealmI will be showing insights into the making of The Warrior piece in that workshop! So stay tuned!

The class starts Jan 9 and runs to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks online. Each week, Monday through Friday, there are informative, educational and inspirational posts to the class blog and I am present in the classroom every day during the work week!

For a two-day workshop in New York City, check out my mixed-media workshop at the Art Students League called EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media
September 10 to 11, 2016

Weekend Intensive Workshop, Limited to 12 Students

See work created in my Art Student League Workshop.
In this detail shot, you can see the textured ruffle, part of the ornate relief plate and  the multidimensional bodice
accent that was built up in layers.
Each of the details on the collar are built up in 
layers using molding paste directly applied to the working surface.


ONLINE WORKSHOP Experimental Painting: The Mythical Realm
The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop explores experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructuring facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm. All assignments include exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources, where the focus is on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological figures to illustrate.


With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

Starts Jan 9 to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks $300
For returning students: Audit  $250

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