Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Latest Project

We've had some big changes recently so its been a while since my last blog post.  I've been fully devoted to the adorable little guy in the photo below.  Our son was born in November, and I have decided to take some time off from shooting professionally, mixed media projects and my blog.  Once he is a bit older I look forward to returning to work, but for now he is going to be my one and only subject to photograph.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Beach at Sunset - Mixed Media Project

I noticed a few of my recent mixed media projects had a similar theme & palette to them - they involved pink flowers and a green background.  For this project I mixed things up a bit!  I started with a photograph which I converted to black & white in Photoshop.  Once the photo was applied to the canvas I used pastels and acrylic paint to enhance it.  I printed out some text from a recent surf report and applied it to the canvas with gel medium.  I then painted some tape using acrylic paint and applied to the canvas when dry. Before brushing the entire canvas with gel medium to finish it, I splattered some white paint drops on the corners.

Finished canvas - The Beach at Sunset

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pink Rose Mixed Media Canvas

Here is one of the mixed media projects I recently completed.  As always I started with transferring a photo onto canvas using gel medium.  The original photo used for this project can be seen in the blog post on July 13.  After transferring the photo I worked on the canvas using lots of acrylic paint, pastels and watercolor pencils.  Sandpaper was used to add a worn look to the background.  I continue to experiment with adding text and for this project I decided to paint some masking tape and then use handwritten text on top.  Once I applied the tape I brushed a coat of gel medium over the entire canvas. Below are a few detail shots of the finished canvas.

finished mixed media canvas

photo transfer on canvas - before paint, pastels and watercolor pencils

painted masking tape with handwritten text

detail of canvas

acrylic paint,  pastel and watercolor pencil detail

detail of canvas


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Walk along the harbor

It was a gorgeous day today so I went for a walk in the afternoon.  After working on the computer and running some errands it was a much needed break.  Walking along the harbor always leaves me feeling refreshed and relaxed.  I took a couple of quick photos with my iPhone, then used the Photoshop Express app on my phone.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Saturday

I just love flowers!  These made me smile & although yellow isn't usually one of my favorite colors, I absolutely fell in love with these.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Mixed Media Work

Here is one of the new mixed media pieces I have been working on over the past couple of weeks.  I started by transferring a photograph of the flowers onto canvas with gel medium. I then added multiple layers of gesso, acrylic paint, pastels & watercolors.  The words were stenciled onto heavy card stock, painted and then adhered to the canvas with gel medium.  Pastels and pencils were used to outline the text boxes.  I have a few other canvases in the works and will post about those once they are finished.

"grow bloom create" mixed media on canvas

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

London

I've been watching the Olympics over the past few days so thought I would post a project completed a while ago.  The original photo was shot in London years ago while we were on vacation & is quite bad.  It was shot with a point and shoot camera before I studied photography.  If you look closely at the original photo you can see my husband in the phone booth.  Not only did I Photoshop him out of the picture, but I used several different filters and brushes and also worked with adding color and contrast. Unlike my most recent mixed media projects which are done completely on canvas, this was done entirely in Photoshop.  I really like the idea of revisiting old photos and giving them new life.
London phone booth
original photo