June 11, 2016 by smithartonline
The Observer is a mixed media painting on handmade watercolor paper. It is a small work that was made using watercolor, acrylic airbrush paint, acrylic ink and collaged papers. Three-dimensional elements are Dresden foils and metal star shaped studs.
The paper support boosts my desire to continue these small paintings. Sometimes the media can affect the desire to create and this paper is a joy right from the initial moment taking it out of the plastic envelope. The surface reacts beautifully to all my paint and pencil mediums.
Part of the artist’s ritual is in the preparation of the support carrier: this is the selfish part of being a visual artist. At this initial point it is only the artist and the potential striving together to make a visual image. Upon completion this one-on-one relationship slips away and the work goes on to be part of other lives. Each interaction takes the artist and, later, the viewer on a unique journey with the artwork as the vehicle.