Life got busy, so today was the first day of this week I had to head out to the studio. I wanted to work on a couple of the pieces from the Stroud workshop.
This is the piece we started day 4 of the workshop. The beginning of the piece was covering at least 1/2 of the paper with black gesso. After that dried, we worked the piece up with acrylics, stamps and some collage. This is what I came home with. I felt it was a good start. I like the colors and the Middle Eastern feel to it. I started seeing doorways and maybe a flying carpet.
So today I began having fun with the stamps. I would paint inside them and enhance the impact. I also worked on tying more of the golds together throughout the painting. I printed a copy of the Arabic alphabet to make my marks more authentic to the feeling I got from the piece.
Arabian Nights 22x30
Memories of Blemished Leaves 22x30
I enjoyed creating the skeletons of leaves and once again using a blend of positive and negative painting to finish up this painting. And because this was inspired by leaves I found in the winter, it seemed fitting that the would be partially decayed, leaving remnants.
And finally, one more attempt to make Civita: Maria's Treasures work. (This was not a workshop piece.)