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.

6 comments:

julia Kulish/ Art Speaking said...

Really stunning, Carol!

Kathy Cousart said...

Carol,This is really wonderful and I look forward to seeing the finished piece. The poppies are beautiful. I enjoy your blog- you are very talented.

Bren said...

Love what you're doing with this, it takes the work to a whole new place. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it all out.

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks for the mention Carol and I love the newsprint background. I think it makes a great color combination with the red and orange poppies.

WatercolorsbyKarsten said...

I am still laughing about your newspaper comment. How true wouldn't that be the worse to make a beautiful piece of art and have something strange show up in the clippings!!! How did you do the papers? Do you put them on your painting canvas? Looks like fun. I love the flowers in your painting. The depth and detaisl is really stunning!

Frank Zweegers said...

Very original. Keep up the fineart work.