Thursday, November 12, 2015

Justice: Mixed Media Canvas

Hey, hey, I'm back with a new mixed media canvas!  This is an 11x14 thin canvas titled Justice and I absolutely LOVE her.

I started out in my usual manner, just having fun playing with paint and texture.  The green and purple are new Golden Fluid Acrylic additions and I wanted to try them out.  The texture was actually a happy molding paste fail.  I opened up the molding paste jar and it was pretty dried up.  But you know that stuff is expensive so I wasn't about to let it go to waste.  I added other mediums like multi-purpose acrylic polymer to loosen it up.  Once it was a little looser, I applied it to the canvas with a palette knife.  Then I stamped into it with soap molds.  I  sprayed a mixture of black paint and water to bring out the textures.

In between this pic and the one above it, I actually added an image transfer but it didn't really show up against the dark background.  I added the turquoise circles with the top of an old toothbrush holder.  Then I just added complementary colors like yellow, orange and some bronze for good measure.  Honestly, I just play with the paint and go with whatever happens.  I don't stress over it at all, it's just paint.

Once the backgrounds are done, I start thinking about a focal image.  I'd been wanting to do a piece that included a women holding the scales of justice so that's what I did.  I have a whole story about why but I'd rather leave an interpretation of this piece to you.  That's another beautiful thing about art, everyone sees something different.  Anyway, lately I've "sketching" my images onto the canvas with burnt umber and a small paint brush.  It seems to be working well for me so that's what I did here.

I always start with the face and I like leaving the background in some of the parts.  For this piece, I let the background show through in her clothes.

I chose blue for her cloak to compliment the background colors and pink for her hair to contrast the cloak.

To me the scale is the heart of the composition and holds the most meaning.  I wanted them to be reflective of my style so they're a mixture of copper and gold with delicate curves.  I pulled in the rest of colors to create balance throughout the composition.  You can see how I used the pink to shade in various places.  Repeating colors in your shading and highlights helps bring it all together.


Here's a closer look at the finished texure.

The original canvas is available for purchase in my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio.  Prints coming soon!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful day!!

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