Adventures in Fail

World Facts, mixed media on 5x7" canvas panel

Day 174: World Facts

Visiting City Art gallery for July’s planning meeting (it’s a cooperative gallery, owned & operated by the artists for over 12 years now) yesterday, I was infused with the raw creative energy and talent of the place. Just think- that place has been full of great art from great people for so long. It’s no wonder the energy is electric for me. I always feel inspired when I go there.

Today’s piece is a good example of how a chunk of inspiration doesn’t necessarily turn into a great end product. That’s right, blog readers- I love you so much I even share my epic fails with you. 😉

 Two things I want to start playing with more are texture and simplified palettes (i.e. not every beautiful child of the rainbow on every canvas). Today, I applied some matte medium over the vintage atlas pages and a “remnant of undetermined fibre content”* with a palette knife. Years later after that dried, I painted some dark blue over it to emphasize the dips. Red pastel + yellow glaze + copy transfer of a Victorian key = dude, I soooo thought this was going to look cooler than it does. Meh. Good news, though- I spent a few hours on a new nightscape. So it wasn’t a total waste of a day.

*The bit of braided ribbon type stuff is a notion I inherited from my great grandma. It came in a package that read “remnant of undetermined fibre content” which I later used in Nostalgia, the mixed media piece for Bruce & Dave. Thus ends your bit of ArtProject2010 trivia for the day. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Adventures in Fail

  1. Followed your link from Instructables and I have to say, I am in love with your project! Your pieces are so colourful and happy that they are bringing me a bit of sunshine on this gray day.
    I’m adding your blog to my Google Reader.


    • Thank you Sophie! Quelquefois j’ecrit truc en francais, ma quebecoise, and I guess you will be the only one who understands those bits. 😉 I am so glad you are enjoying my blog and the instructable. I hope I’ll bring you little bits of colorful joy every day! 🙂 -Marianne


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