Finally, I finished this canvas! It has been sitting on my easel, begging me to finish it. Summer is here though, and it is so hard to get much indoor time. ‘Abundant Love’ is a 12x12x2, gallery wrapped canvas. I got to use my new Golden paints and Caran D’ache water soluble crayons on it. It is so wonderful to work with quality mediums. Check out my ‘Yart Sale’ that will be going on until the 20th of June. I have already sold several things, and I do have a couple of canvasses still listed, as well as some prints and smaller works. It’s a great time to get some good deals on Etsy. Remember to buy handmade!
I am adding a picture of my favorite brush. I just bought a new one at Michael’s yesterday for a whopping $20.00! My old one was just getting too scruffy. I have had the old one for years though. If you buy good brushes and take proper care of them, it is worth the investment. This brush is what I do almost all of my shading with. It is a Loew-Cornell, 3/4 inch wash, #7150. It has a wonderful chiseled edge to it and is my number one choice for shading. You can see that my old one has paint in the ferrel, bad, that is something to avoid, but I grew lazy toward the end of this brushes life. Now it will become my primary base coat brush and the new one will be taken care of properly. I do not use good brushes to do my background work, I leave that to my two-inch chip brushes, the scruffier the better! I actually have two separate containers of brushes on my desk, I think it shows it in a picture in one of my earlier posts. One is for brushes past their prime and I use those for any and everything. Then I have my good brushes, that only get used for detail work. To maintain a nice edge on them I use ‘The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver’. It lasts forever, and after cleaning them, you can just swipe the brush across the cleaner (it is solid, like soap) and let it dry. It will keep a nice chiseled edge and protect your brush. You just wet it before you use it. Well, now I really am going into the studio to get back to work! Just thought I would share some tips before I break in my new brush:-)
‘When you wear a hat, you become the dream that started when the hat was conceived. The original energy that was put into the hat doesn’t die; it only changes forms and owners.
The dream doesn’t die; it is passed on, sometimes from
generation to generation’.
This was done on a 14″x18″ stretched canvas. I used acrylics, stamps, transfers, ink, charcoal, water soluble crayon, and graphite to do this mixed media portrait. There is a lot of subtle detail in this piece, the hats hold collaged images of dreams that fill the women’s minds, and there are transferred images of birds in the background. I used molding paste for the foundation, so there is a lot of texture to the work. This is the largest piece I have done. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to adequately fill the space, but I guess I didn’t
have to worry about that.