Thursday, July 15, 2010

4 x 4 Canvas - Sailboats

It's been a while since I posted, but I have been doing a bunch of art.  I was fortunate enough to be able to go an art retreat in Rochester, NY this year and was busy preparing for that and then recouping from that when I came back!  We traded a lot of ATCs and Journal Pages there and I'll post some of those pics soon.  In the meantime, I had a swap to catch up on for a 4x4 canvas at Stamp-Shack in the theme of an Ocean.  A few steps to follow, but still leaving it free flowing.  Loved that!  First step was to add color with no thinking involved, so I did a shade of blue and mixed it with white.  I added a bit of yellow for some contrast and pretty soon it looked like an ocean with a horizon.  I really wasn't aiming there, but I guess the subconciousness knows what it wants.  Then the next step was to add texture, so I added some paste which made it look like waves.  Next step was to add more texture and found objects.  So, I added this jute netting that someone had given me, some fish I'd cut out of the magazines, and some bird punches I had in my stash.  Next step was to add a stamped, color it and collage it onto the background.  I realized that I'm woefully lacking in ocean themed
stamped images, so I asked the hostess if I could just draw and paint them.  She was fine with that, so I then did the sailboats freehanded.  Next step was to add some writing and the last was to add doodling.  I added the saying across the horizon line and doddled some leaves at the corner.  Taa Daa, my 4x4 canvas masterpiece! lol.  Hope the ladies like it. 


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