Saturday, September 5, 2009

Different Strokes Week 46 - 48

Cupcakes
Mixed media, 12x16 300 lb. Kilimanjaro block

This is my first attempt at the Different Strokes from Different Folks blog biweekly challenge. The photograph everyone interpreted has to do with its one year anniversary. This is another challenge blog that my wife brought to my attention. Check it out because of the quality of images and varied interpretations that you see here.

In this painting I used RIT dye, watercolor, rice paper, acrylic, gesso and graphite. It was fun to do because it's been a while since I worked in this mixed media mode. I'm still adding older images to my Flickr photostream when I get the chance - maybe you will begin to catch some glimpses of my mixed media work (click on slideshow thingy on right then click on my photostream).

17 comments:

Claire said...

Rich and delicious looking!

Avocaken said...

Hi Gary. Congratulations on a great first DSFDF submission. Try as I might, I couldn't get crisp lines on my cupcake paper thingys. (I'm no baker. I guess maybe they're cupcake cups?) Anyhow, I really enjoyed looking at your blog.

See ya around DSFDF

Ken B.

Gary said...

Thanks for the welcoming remarks! I love this challenge site and plan to do the challenges as time permits.

L. O'Neal said...

Love the multi media effects. Can't wait to see more.

Gwen Bell said...

Great submission. I really like your style!

Gary said...

Thank you L and Gwen for the positive waves.

Vern Schwarz said...

Great job on this Gary. Love the background.

Gary said...

Thanks Vern - i've checked out your site too - fabulous.

Maggie Mayer said...

This is very nice Gary. The shadows are fabulous. I've always liked mixed media and experimenting with new mediums but I've never tried RIT dye. cool blog!

Anne Marie Propst said...

Great job Gary. Shadows are great. Thanks also for visiting my blog and the kind comments.

Dean H. said...

Great mixed media art, Gary! The shadows are outstanding! Welcome to the DSFDF!

Priti said...

Beautiful painting- very impressive use of mixed media.

Gary said...

Thank you Dean and Priti. It's good to feel welcomed to this group.

Art is for the Making said...

RIT dye? That's new to me. Did you use it to color the background? This piece really nice - definitely good enough to eat.

Gary said...

Thanks Maggie and Anne Marie for the good vibes. Resi - i did use the dye as a beginning layer over the whole image - then layered either rice paper (becomes semi-transparent w/glued w/ gel medium) and painted over w/ gesso and acrylic (it bleeds through water based paint - ever try to paint w/ latex over marker at home? - same deal.) or left exposed on its own (has to be fixed w/either gel medium or clear acrylic spray).

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow... I am really loving this painting! Nice job with the mixed media, and welcome to DSDF!

suzanne cabrera said...

These are so lovely!!! Beautiful work!

So happy to find another North Carolinian! I look forward to seeing more of your work!