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Create Your Happy Place

Standing Crow

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October 10th, 2019 - 02:03 PM

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Create Your Happy Place

Let yourself become living poetry. Rumi.

I have been working on expanding my artistic bag-o-tricks. I love the look of mixed media artworks, and the dimensional feel of it. The idea of creative expression through the use of non-traditional materials is a good way to learn how to think outside the box. It’s my happy place!

I recently discovered an all-natural plant based solvent that can be used to “rearrange” the ink print on some magazines and sales fliers. It’s a good way to recycle, get creative and give those trees a new purpose as inked art papers.

While some of the darker pages were blasé, others were beautifully unique and deliciously abstract tiny artworks. I set them aside to be reworked as little canvases, and chose some of the pages to be torn to bits and arranged in collage.

I played around with the torn pieces, allowing myself to flow into the ink, until I was satisfied with the layout. I sponged the edges of the canvas to create a seamless flow of color from inked paper to acrylic paint. I carefully transferred piece by piece to the canvas, using gesso to temporarily hold the pieces until I could ensure the image would emerge. My final steps were to permanently affix with adhesive and apply a protective sealer.

What I ended up with was an abstract mystical mountain landscape with beautiful skyline of curtains. Distant snow-capped mountains and a surprising depth to the rolling hills. The inked papers have fascinating colors and textures.

✨ Oh! Did I mention that I threw in some glitter?✨

ART:  Through the Veil to Mystic Mountain (2019)

DESCRIPTION: Through the Veil to Mystic Mountain (2019) is a mixed media collage on canvas. Magenta and violet skyline curtains reveal a glimpse of hidden golden beaches beyond the veil. Landscapes of rolling mountains and valleys lead to the misty skyline beyond. This piece gives the viewer visions of illusion to stimulate the imagination. The original artwork is a 16” x 20” canvas, created from layered recycled materials.

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animated your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. Eckhart Tolle.


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