Flower Tribune - work in progress © Carol Nelson Fine Art
I love to try new things. This painting was a demo for my Textured Florals workshop a week or so ago. I demonstrated how to add texture by sculpting the petals with modeling compound before you paint. So today I brought the painting to my Monday Creating with Acrylics class because they were learning the same technique.
The sculpting medium was dry, so I got to show the Monday group the two layer process for painting the flowers - there's a tutorial for this on my blog back in May, 2007.
It seems like a lot of artists I know who dabble in experimental and mixed media stuff are using printed materials in their work. I've seen some really cool stuff on Nancy Standlee's blog and Elizabeth St.Hilaire Nelson's blog, so I thought I'd like to try doing the background for this floral painting in newsprint. You have to be somewhat careful that the random pieces of newsprint you choose are not discussing a murder, erectile dysfunction, or any of a million other inappropriate subjects.
As you can see, I'm only about half done. I have some of my own news stories I'm going to add at the end which are totally appropriate for a poppy painting.