I’m still trying to catch up on all the “work in progress” images I took during my residency last month. Today’s post features more of the mixed media work I did while I was there. I was still experimenting with mortar/cement and other textures, so I began by layering on cement and swirling it around the two wood panels. After I was happy with that I poured small black gravel over the cement and pressed it into the surface. For extra “adhesiveness” I squirted clear gesso over the rock layer and then spread that around and left it to dry.
It was more than a bit of a sticky mess so I left it lay for a couple days before going back to it. Once it was finally dry I had to shake/brush/pick off the gravel that wasn’t tightly fixed to the cement. I’d not be surprised if they aren’t still finding little black rocks around the studio! Then came the fun part – adding color! I have been very drawn to turquoise hues so I focused on that plus a few other colors that went well with turquoise.
The layers slowly built up and the piece began to take shape.
The final steps were to go back in with black paint and highlight the black rocks that were covered with other layers of color and then add a few small splashes of rusty red. Done! This artwork is currently hanging at Sugar Creek Art Center in the Commons area, along with 14 other of my art pieces now through the end of November. Be sure to stop in, view my art, the wonderful display in the main gallery area, shop in the gift shop and visit the artists in their studios soon!