Comet and Stags

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May 25, 2016 by smithartonline

Comet and Stags Mixed Media on Paper 8.5 X 12 inches

Comet and Stags
Mixed Media on Paper
8.5 X 12 inches

Comet and Stags is a mixed media piece on paper. After working on a few larger constructed boxes it was nice to focus on a smaller and less labor-intensive work. This small painting evolved itself over quite a bit of time. Having no specific constraints, I was able to play with various elements and applications, sometimes painting with watercolor, other times gluing papers to the surface, then painting again. The work transformed itself as time moved on…except for the gold comet, I was adamant this would find a place in the piece. There is definitely a freedom when one can just sit back and enjoy the luxury of time. No concern to impress, no worries about saleability, no troubles from the marketplace – pure freedom to play.

The Garzapapel with the wooden frame before attaching the damp paper to it using tacks around the edges of the paper.

The Garzapapel with the wooden frame before attaching the damp paper to it using tacks around the edges of the paper.

The method used to stretch watercolor paper on a wooden frame using tacks around the edges.

The method used to stretch watercolor paper on a wooden frame using tacks around the edges.

The paper support is by Garzapapel, a handmade paper from Spain. The watercolor paper comes with four deckle edges, is 140# weight and is a joy to work with. I would be surprised if any artist was disappointed in it.

 

I recently found a source for Dresden embossed papers… in this instance the gold comet shape. Fifty years ago these embellishments were readily available (at that time découpage was all the rage and of course I follow all the ragers), but the source seemed to dry up…now resurrected. Other three-dimensional elements include the silver stars and a sewn on button. Years ago I included three-dimensional additions and sewn on pieces but abandoned this until recently. Perhaps I am reconnecting with my inner child.

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