"C6" mini wall sculpture © Carol Nelson Fine Art

This is another in my mini wall sculpture series of "combines".
This one combines ordinary metal hardware parts that have been painted with alcohol inks.

If you love color, working with alcohol inks is both fascinating and amazing.  It is mesmerizing to watch them interact with each other.

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"New World Trilogy" mixed media abstract triptych © Carol Nelson Fine Art

I love tall skinny canvases and panels - maybe because it's what I am not.  These measure 6 inches wide by 48 inches tall.  For some reason, composition is a breeze with this size.

I started out with some gold metal leaf in a random pattern on my black gessoed panels.  The stripes are Golden fine pumice gel that I used a sculpting tool to make stripes.

I messed around with some corrugated paper - some painted blue green, but decided to try fiber paste.  I also antiqued the gold leaf using raw umber and wiping most of it off.

Then I added Blended Fibers by Liquitex.  It dries transparent, but when you paint on it, it has texture and absorbs the paint differently than the black gessoed surface.

The rest of the panels was painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics in black, white, raw umber, and Paynes gray. I was going for a muted palette where the metal leaf is the star.  I'm in the process of adding epoxy resin to the metal leaf areas only.  I think the play of shiny and matte surfaces will be good.

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"Fantasia" mixed media abstract landscape © Carol Nelson Fine Art


Here's another of my muted palette mixed media pieces.  Lol - just kidding about the "muted" part.  This was a demo I did last week for some students taking semi-private instruction in my studio.

It started out as a monoprint, but in the following day or two, I kept adding stuff (acrylic drizzle skins, marbleized/stamped paper) to this painting. 

That's a joy/curse of mixed media - you never know when you're DONE!
Who knows? - I may add MORE stuff to this one (but probably not).

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"Inscrutable" mixed media abstract © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Inscrutable" 8x8 inch, framed


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"C5," mixed media wall sculpture © Carol Nelson Fine Art


You're probably saying to yourself, What the heck is THAT?!  It's my latest wall sculpture.  It has rusted stuff, burlap, and some other things mounted on a 4x4 inch wood panel.

I got the idea from reading about Nkisi - an ancient art form from a tribe in the Congo.  They used a lot of nails in their figures which
were thought to contain spirits.

There's an artist in the U.K. by the name of Wayne Chisnall that has based some of his work on the Nkisi too.  His boxes are amazing.

As you can see, the nails are carefully rusted before use.  The circular part at the bottom of my sculpture is made from glue from a glue gun.  When it gets hard, you can paint it with iron paint and rust it as if it were metal.  So cool.

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Dillman's Resort Workshop/Retreat



This is the beautiful flyer put out by Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation.  It's about my workshop in Wisconsin April 17-22, 2014.

I'm not a computer whiz, so I can't get this to be larger or easier to read, BUT, there is complete READABLE info on my website and Dillman's website. 

This will be a small group with LOTS of individual attention from me.

"C3" mixed media 3D wall sculpture with found objects © Carol Nelson Fine Art


This is my latest "combination", as Robert Rauschenberg called his 3D work.  It is a collection of found objects and miscellaneous junk.  I painted each object with Iron Paint (Modern Masters) and then applied the activator to create rust.

It makes anything - paper, plastic, wood, metal - look like rusted metal.  I love the look. 

These are really fun to make, but more complicated than I originally thought.  Each one is a little construction project.  It's not that easy to get everything arranged in a visually pleasing, yet physically stable, configuration.

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"Overview 2" mixed media abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Overview 2"
"Overview 2"
As you can see by comparing the two images above, I tweaked the values and improved the painting so much.  I also added a "sun".

This painting is similar in method to the one I posted yesterday.  The Gessobord panel on which it is painted, was heavily textured before the paint (Golden Fluid and/or Golden High Flow) was poured on it.

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"Overview" textured abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

This is a demo painting from my recent workshop at The Gallery at Midtown in Dallas, Texas.  Thanks to Teta Smith for taking care of my every need and making me feel like a Diva.

Thanks also to Dana Brown at Ampersand for donating 11x14 Gessobord panels for the class.  They make beautiful surfaces for this textured pour technique.

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