Monday, February 20, 2012

Trying new things

Always playing with my watercolors!

I have been playing a lot with my watercolors lately
and have been away from my collage work.
I have been working on Alisa Burke's
Sketchbook Delight Two
Playing is the perfect word for it,
she is teaching us to enjoy the process
and play with our watercolors and our sketches.

There are so many creative avenues I want to pursue,
I just don't have the time to play all that I want to!
I was down with a bug this past week and forced
to stay home from work for a few days (oh darn).
I enjoyed the slow down immensely.
I think it is wonderful how your body has a way of
slowing you down and forcing you
to rest and restore.
We all need that from time to time!

I love playing with black and white photography!

I wanted to experiment and take that exact image
and play with collage and acrylics.
So here is my project!
I first started with collaging papers
on an 8 x 8 canvas
(I love the squared sizes!)

I then used my palette knife to scrape colors over the papers.
I love that technique.  I know below the paint are 
images and words just resting there.
It just speaks to my heart while
I am creating.

I then decided to paint the flower pot with my
 palette knife as well.
All the while, this was feeling so very different
from my watercolor painting.
I knew I would be getting a different effect.

I then added my flowers and leaves, using my fingers
and the palette knife, it was starting to look
like something!  It was beginning to take
on it's own form.
(artwork does that you know)

Long after I stepped away from the piece 
and allowed it to dry
(something I am not used to)
I came back in with my Pitt Artist Pen
(my favorite for pen and ink detail)
I did learn it didn't do as well over acrylics!
So I also used my 
Stabilo Aquarellable Black Pencil
(another tool I can't do without)
With each stroke, more and more
detail was added to the flowers and leaves.
It is hard to stop when you get to that process.

My finished work!

So here you see my finished piece.
I like it because I learned a lot while creating it.
I do believe I love the watercolor piece more.
There is something so beautiful and fluid
about watercolors.

I call myself a Mixed Media Artist
and that is because I never want to stop at just one
art medium.
I am learning to put them together,
to create with something new,
to experiment with the process.

Isn't that what being artistic means?
I am in love with the creative process,
envisioning, drawing, painting,
detailing, sharing,
and knowing when to stop 
and say my work is finished!
I would love to hear your ideas on 
your own creative process!


  1. Love your watercolor! I am also enjoying Sketchbook 2! Love Alisa's techniques! I also love what you did with your acrylic piece. I use the square canvas' alot! Its a great size! Most recently I am loving collaging on cardboard. So many different ways and things to learn. Thats what is so cool about mixed media! I love combining drawing and painting so I am always outlining and shading during my painting process. Always have to add words somewhere in there too!


  2. you zest for adventure and finding new ways to
    create just inspire me. oh happy day!

  3. This is gorgeous, Donna! I love seeing you flourish as an artist and woman. It inspires me to do the same.

    xoxo You are amazing!

  4. Donna, I love seeing your creative process here, it's so inspiring..


  5. Hi Donna,
    I do love your adventuresome spirit and your willingness to explore new and different avenues of art...You remind me of myself in that I want to do it all....We just don't have enough time do we girlfriend?

    I can't believe the results you got with this picture...When you started off I just wasn't sure where you were headed but the end result is beautiful...I really like it a lot...I am so glad you showed us the process because I think I might try this...I really like it.....

    I hope you are feeling better..even though it is nice that your body tells you when to slow down..just so glad you listened...take care of yourself...

  6. i enjoyed this post, and i know what you mean about there is not enough time to play all we want! thank you for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  7. Loved viewing your process; beautiful results! Stay well!


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