Guest Host at Mixed Media Monday

I’ve wanted to be Guest Host at MMM for a long time and then I finished my canvas and I thought, “Yes! This piece is worthy!” I call it ‘The Seer’…

And finally, a glimpse of the texture layers!

I’m very honoured that Diane liked this theme and can’t wait to see what you all create with blues and purples…

Edited to add: Moira left a comment on this post and asked about the hows and whys I came to construct this piece. It started with the awesome image which I used before to make a hanging plaque as a distraction for a great friend of mine who was in a lot of pain. My DH bought the stamp for me at a Car Boot sale because he instinctively knew I’d love it! And he was so right…

I constructed the canvas specifically for this image. Blues and purples always stir emotion in me – they ‘speak’ to my core beliefs. It’s pretty common knowledge that I am a Pagan… I try to live in harmony with Nature and and the seasons and allow myself to embrace the influence of the Moon and the seasons chiefly. This stamp has such a wonderful mixture of imagery and symbols and I am very drawn to eyes and strong facial features in art, so that’s why I felt compelled to create a canvas for it.

My great blogging pal Barbara has been tutoring me and encouraging me to paint more so I started with a pale base of blue and purple on the 8″x8″ base. I added gel medium to the acrylics, playing with consistency and flow! Then I gathered the bits – scrim, scraps of hessian left over from Birdie bags, stray petals from silk flower stalks, string, fibres, tissue paper and some muslin scraps. I stuck these to the canvas with gel medium, in a sort of shipwreck/seabed/seashore arrangement. I then began to add layers of paint. I used gesso in the centre and then stamped the ‘Seer’ onto white tissue paper. That was adhered in the middle-ish of the canvas, with gel medium and left to dry.

I was quite surprised that there were white spaces on parts of the tissue paper, so I used very thin paint – blended purple and blue – to hide those areas! It worked and I found that I could actually blend the paints over the stamped image without losing its definition.

For a bit more texture, I added micro beads – clear and silver to the lower part of the canvas. Some I painted and some were left clear, like the silver ones, for example. This took me about 3 weeks of working on it and then leaving it alone. I found that I would get very involved in the whole process of painting and not want to stop, so I made sure that I didn’t give myself too long for painting uninterrupted. I had no intention of ‘spoiling’ this canvas.

It was a spiritual journey for me and I know now that I can create other mixed media canvasses without fear and that I will enjoy them. If I want a quick fix, there’s still fabric and stamps and ink, ATCs and cards, skinnys and tags… not forgetting dominos and game pieces to alter, etc., etc., etc.!

Moira, you should never be discouraged, that would make me feel bad. I make some very awful things that I hide or recycle – and then sometimes, it all comes right. That’s all part of the journey for me… thanks for asking me to share! (although bearing in mind how much I’ve written, you might think twice next time!!!!)

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  1. Wonderful piece of art, amazing background, love all about it, great choice of colour.

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  2. Wonderful piece of art, amazing background, love all about it, great choice of colour.

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  3. Wonderful canvas, Rosie!

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  4. wow Rosie what a lovely piece love all the textures and layers

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  5. This is amazing. I like a lot.

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  6. Rosie, this is totally stunning! It inspired me immediately, – a beautiful, beautiful piece of art!!

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  7. I love it!

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  8. rosie your piece is absolutely STUNNING. a verry, verry great BG and piece!!!

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  9. Such a gorgeous piece! I love the texture and movement!

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  10. Your art piece is stunning…beautifully created.

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  11. Well deserved honors. Love the colors and texture.

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  12. great canvas!

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  13. Fabulous piece Rosie – it just had to be purple didn’t it! Well done you!

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  14. Gosh Rosie this is simply mind blowingly wonderful. I did not come to the site today till I was ready to post even though I knew your piece would be fabulously inspiring but I was concerned it would be so good I would give up in despair, and I think I probably would have done. Please do tell more about the how’s and why’s of the construction.

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  15. Your piece is wonderful, and I love the texture. It is a beautiful design and a delightful challenge.

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  16. that’s really stunning!!

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  17. carolann

     /  October 13, 2008

    Rosie this is absolutely brilliant I love the image and the colours fantastic work WTG hun xxxxxxx

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  18. Rosie – this is truly awesome – OOh! I’ve gone all Americana!!
    Such amazing texture and that stamp is so beautiful, I loved your description of how you made it all come together – …and have learned something new – Paganism sounds wonderful….

    Hugs
    Dawn

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  19. mixedmediamonday

     /  October 14, 2008

    It is such a stunning piece, Rosie – and your description of how you went about it is wonderful and inspiring. Thanks for being guest host on MMM – I hope you will return again and again! Diane

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  20. There’s that fabulous work of art!!!! I just LOVE this piece, Rosie!! So glad that I may have helped, but knowing how I can go on, I’m just gratified that you stuck it out long enough to read-through my emails!! I’ve said it all before, but the textures and the subtle color blending really do make this piece very magical! Your spiritual journey with this piece is very apparent! It’s wonderful!

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  21. studiorose

     /  October 14, 2008

    This is really just wonderful, and it sounds like you had a great time working on it. I always leave my “finished” pieces on my art table, go away for awhile and do something “left-brained” – by the time I get back, whatever the piece needs seems to “jump” out at me immediately and then I’m able to “really” get it done. Yours is finished to perfection!

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  22. This is absolutely stunning. I love it!

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  23. Really wonderful work! :o)

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  24. Thanks for sharing all the detail Rosie, it was really enjoyable to read, I do find the whys as equally inspiring as the pieces themselves, and the hows very educational. Cheers

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  25. What a wonderful mind boggling piece. I love it

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  26. Rosie – this is absolutely fabulous…. I love it!!!! I may even have to have a go myself at some time…

    Oh yes, and it WAS mulberry paper – AKA Strawsilk.

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  27. Thanks for sharing how you do things Rosie….and thanks most of all for sharing your gorgeous creations !
    Great challenge hun x

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  28. What a lovely piece to inspire us all. Thanks for the explanation of the texture!

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  29. Very bold!! I love the texture work!!!

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  30. What a fabulous canvas rosie, love all the textural stuff going on, your post was a joy to read and i hope it inspires others to create more art:)

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  31. Gorgeous, the colours are so rich and perfectly blended.

    Rob

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  32. congratulations rosie! great choice of theme and great artwork as well!

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  33. Rosie, this piece when I first saw it just struck me emotionally but I couldn’t really put my finger on what I was feeling. There is a depth to it that is so engaging. I’m so glad that I dropped by to read your post because it resonates with me. Living in harmony with nature has always been something that has been very important to me too. I love that you started with an image that spoke to you and built around it. Beautiful work in every way my friend.

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  34. Hi Rosie,

    I came back to tell you that I really enjoyed your description of the artistic process for this lovely piece. It is so important to just let your muse free and don’t over think it, just go with the flow.

    Thanks so much for your lovely message on my blog.

    Cheers,

    Rob

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  35. pat

     /  October 15, 2008

    A true purple diva Rosie, keep going and find your true self in your paintings. Iam so glad that you have found your medium, keep going and going. love Pat xxx

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  36. Gorgeous piece of work!

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  37. You certainly know how to set the bar! Perfectly executed, gorgeous color, great texture and depth … love it!

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