Just off to The Art League of Daytona and in the Exhibition of Florida Women Arts Association. and it is still one of my current favorites (as an artist you should always like the one you are working or or just finished the best or just paint over it!)
This one was created by splattering, dripping, building up the surface with papier mache, collaging handmade and painted papers to the surface, using gold and silver metallics, etc, etc, etc.
Yep. It looks like a lot of trees. And there seem to be a forest of them, however, it really is a lot of human form disguised as trees. Hmm. You have to look closely and be aware of just what I do.
For this painting, I took all my favorite ways to create and combined them. As I have been painting for many, many years, I have run into a lot of favorite ways to paint.. I love to do drips and splatters as I am a process artist. I love to draw. I am also a Tree Hugger (we just can’t forget about that!) Of course I love to create hidden figures, as that is my brand, my unique signature. And I used oil and acrylic paint on this to create special effects within the canvas surface and applied some collage techniques.
The largest foremost tree actually is papier mache and sticks out from the canvas into your space a few inches. It was difficult to build it up to actually take the shape of a tree. My work from 1990s was dimensional and I used the dripping, splattering and building out of the surface on my very large works. This needed some “revisiting.” And I needed to see if it would work for my “trees.”
The ground in the front and the stream are torn handpainted and handmade papers that are collaged to the canvas and then have some paint splattered and dripped on them as well. Painting the paper is so much fun and rather mindless, as I make up a bunch of it in my colors and then tear bits from each sheet of it to use, so I get a variety.
I worked on drips and splatters from the beginning and then added more towards the end of the project. To finish the work, I used oil based paint markers for the line work, that I am also known for…I always scribe into and over my work by sort of drawing on top of it. In this case, it is actual drawing that I did.
Feeling the inspiration again…so off to another canvas!
Questions? Just ask and I shall do my best to answer!