- Original art
- Mixed media
- 8 x 10 inches
- Gold shadow box frame (see below)
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Busy Morning, mixed media, colorful flowers, insects, and a frog
What can I say? I certainly got carried away with this little piece!
Honestly, I wasn't happy with it at first. It started as a palette knife painting. Nothing seemed to be working out. I added more knife work and even used paper clay to build up the flowers. (Paper clay is an air-dry clay that has paper fibers in it. It dries stronger and is better suited for mixed media projects than regular air-drying clay.) But I still was not liking it.
Carol Jones (https://www.facebook.com/CarolsTreasuresFromTheSea), a close friend of mine, sent this resin frog as a gift with my order of seahorses and starfish. It made me smile each time I looked at it. I moved it all around to see if it would look good and where I might add it. It cracked me up! That got things moving. I added some charms and then purchased some molds to make insects and flowers out of paper clay. Thought I would use resin at first, but the paper clay worked so well I just kept making more.
The advantage of paper-clay is that I can paint it any color I want. Resin stays as it was created, so you have to get the colors right when you make the mold.
Painting the molded insects and flowers was time-consuming but enjoyable. Each piece gave me a new idea of what else I wanted to add. I had to make myself stop because it was too much fun to keep adding more!
This breaks so many rules on so many levels! So I went back and added shadows to the bottom and the left side of the painting (to tone it down some) and also to keep the viewer's eye in the painting. I also used a solid color scheme of complementary colors throughout the project to harmonize the painting.
To top it all off, I made a shadow box frame for it and sealed it behind glass. This added to the whole notion of a child capturing a frog in a jar! So far everyone that sees it starts laughing. That makes it all worth so much more!