"Vienna Inspiration”, textured mixed media abstract © Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

"Vienna Inspiration" 40x10 mixed media by Carol Nelson


If ever I could say the photo doesn't do the painting justice, it is this one. The painting is on an oak cabinet door that measures 40 x 10 inches.  I used gold metal leaf as the initial layer on the panel, then added a number of mixed media materials including guilded paper, tyvek, ribbon with metal-look studs, and black glass gems.

The textured elements are recessed in the cabinet door and covered with a layer of resin.  This is a piece that cannot be separated from the frame, which is finished with hammered copper paint. 

So, why, you may ask, is it called "Vienna Inspiration"?  We just returned from a cruise on the Danube where Vienna was one of the ports of call. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna is the home of several famous paintings by Austrian painter Gustov Klimt.  

I actually stood in front of "The Kiss".  I would have loved to take a photo, but they were not allowed.


"The Kiss" - Gustov Kilmt, 1908

Then, I came upon a shocking revelation.  Another of his paintings, "The Serpent," looked very familiar.  I realized that the patterns in the painting are the very same as those in a rug in my family room!!!  GASP! 


Klimt-inspired rug
When I bought the 6x8 rug a few years ago, I had no idea it was inspired by a Klimp painting.  I just loved the colors and patterns. 

I just had to try to do a Klimt-inspired painting.  I especially like works from his "guilded period" where he made liberal use of gold leaf.  "Vienna Inspiration" is the result.

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"Color Study 5”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

Color Study 5, 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson

The 5th in my Color Study series, this one has a little modeling compound applied to the paper before I started painting.  I was after a more muted palette than my usual boisterous color party.

I had not intended on doing a landscape, but it formed on the paper in front of me, so what else could I do.  The addition of the bush forms really confirmed that it was a landscape.

I like high horizon landscapes because you can do so much abstraction with the majority of the painting.  If you cover up the upper quarter of this painting, it becomes a total geologic abstract.


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"Color Study 4”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

"Color Study 4" 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson
This is another in my color study series done on Fabriano 90 lb water color paper.  In this one, I was obviously using color complements - opposite on the color wheel.

The circular patterns are from a couple pieces of patterned rice paper I collaged on to the painting (couldn't help myself.)

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"Color Study 3”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art

color Study 3, 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson

So, what is this Color Study series, you may ask?  It's playing with design, composition, and color combinations on 8x10 wc paper.  If I come up with something I really like (they're not ALL my favorites), they may end up painted on canvas or panel in a larger format.

These studies are an excellent way to learn composition, try new things, and practice mixing your paints in an informal way.  I see many students in my classes who have not taken the time to really get to know their paints.

If you create a dud on 8x10 wc paper, who cares?  If your dud is 24x30, you end up very frustrated and your POCKETBOOK CARES!

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"Moonsplash" textured mixed media abstract painting by Colorado contemporary artist Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Moonsplash" 12x16 mixed media abstract by Carol Nelson

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In this painting, I used very heavy texture to create the foam of the wave.  The moon is gold textured paper with an accent of variegated gold metal leaf. The shine of these metallic elements does not show in the photo. 

The wave was poured fluid acrylic paints.  The fluid paints were allowed to flow together making a convincing, yet abstracted, waterscape.


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"Golden Dawn" textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson, © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Golden Dawn" 6x12 abstract landscape by Carol Nelson





This painting was a demo for my recent workshop in Louisville, CO.  The board was heavily textured with modeling compound, then allowed to thoroughly dry for 2 days.  By the third day, the class was ready to pour mixed acrylic paints over their textured surfaces.

I have to say this is a very relaxing process because you have to WAIT and allow the colors to find their way through the texture and mingle together.  In a workshop setting, it is advisable to have another painting to work on simultaneously rather than just sit there watching paint mix.

The "sun" in this case was made from modeling clay into which I embossed a pattern.  I've decided that buying a block of air dry modeling clay is a lot less hassle than making my own cold porcelain, which is very messy.  At least is was messy for me because I ended up with corn starch all over my kitchen.

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"Dreamscape" mixed media abstract collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art


"Dreamscape" 24x6 mixed media abstract painting by Carol Nelson
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This mixed media piece has tyvek, clear glass blobs, black pebbles, and other collage materials.

After the photo was taken, I added clear epoxy resin in the areas with the pebbles and the tyvek.  The resin enhances the depth of color, and also secures these items to the surface of the canvas.

It's difficult to photograph a resin piece because of the glare from the lighting, but it looks fabulous (you'll have to trust me on that.)

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"Color Study 2" contemporary abstract acrylic painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Color Study 2" 10x8 acrylic abstract by Carol Nelson

My first Color Study was mostly analogous colors (touching each other on the color wheel).  I planned to do this study in warm tones, but somehow that turquoise crept in.

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"Color Study 1" acrylic abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

Color Study 1, 10x8 acrylic abstract by Carol Nelson

Every artist should do color and composition studies.  Using water color paper and my Golden Fluid Acrylics, the set up is easy, and a study like this can be completed in less than an hour.

I find in my classes that many artists don't allow themselves play time - time spent in your studio just messing around with your paints.  How else are you going to know what happens when you mix dioxizine purple and pyrrole orange in varying proportions?

If it doesn't turn out to be something you want to frame, no worries - you then have some great collage paper!  Sometimes you will hit the artistic jackpot and your study will be the basis for a larger painting.

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