February 11, 2018

Musical, Mixed Media Painting - Day 9 of 30-in-30 Challenge

It's no mystery what inspired this piece of another strong woman, full of knowledge.

My house is truly full of music these days. Between the kids practicing their instruments, my radio, and the Festival of the Italian Music that aired this week, it has been hard to choose what to listen to.
Furthermore, my daughter shared with us her research project about how music makes you smarter and  healthier.

It came as a natural thing to include musical notes and symbols with this figure.

mixed media on paper

There were a few more things that I wanted to add, but I ran out of time, so I'll keep the ideas for the next one.

Below are some shots of the progress steps.

Drawing and ink

acrylic paint

Paint, markers, colored pencil, and tissue paper

more of all the above
almost done

final stage

“Music gives a soul to the universe, 

wings to the mind, 

flight to the imagination 

and life to everything.” 


February 10, 2018

Day 8 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Perception, Mixed Media

In this one I drew a figure and then I overlapped geometrical shapes to it, playing with colors and contrasts.

I made it a couple of days ago, but added a few finishing touches today.

Mixed media on paper

Below are the photos that show the progression, in case you are interested.


work in progress I

work in progress II


This si a fun month!
I'm loving the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, even if I am a little behind with the posting, I have been working on 2-3 pieces at the time, so I always have one very near the end or finished every day, sometimes no time to post.  : )

February 8, 2018

Day 7 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Wisdom, Mixed Media Painting

The mixed media adventure continues!

Today I was inspired to include a figure into an abstract painting, and add layers of colors, textures, and shapes to make it unpredictable and more interesting.

I took a few photos in between, just to record some of the progression in the layering, you get to see a few of the steps below.

Mixed media on paper

Here are some of the steps

Begining: I started by tracing my hand and doodling with water soluble markers and color pencils. Then I sprayed with water, which made the markers bleed and spread.

Wisdom WIP - Beginning
WIP: Then I drew a figure with colored pencils, colored the background with ink, added some purple cut paper, and magenta stencil patterns.

Wisdom WIP

WIP 2: I applied layers of tissue paper over many areas, creating texture and filtering the prominent purple paper. 
Then I added some acrylic paint on the texture, and stenciled in positive words on the girls hair and heart. This photo is much lighter than the others...

Wisdom WIP 2

Final: I wanted to add symbols of knowledge to complement the positive words, so I wrote geometry formulas on tissue paper and applied. I made colors deeper using acrylic washes and accents.

Wisdom Final

Overall I can say that I really enjoyed the progress of this piece, and as expected I already have ideas for a new one with a "hidden figure" in it. 

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February 7, 2018

Day 6 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Blub Blub Mixed Media

Here I am, still having fun creating compositions just following my instinct, without much plan.
I don't know how they look to others, probably experienced and professional abstract painters would be appalled to see them, but to me they are a lot of fun and very stimulating.

I feel like as soon as I finish one I think of things that I could have done differently, and I can't wait to start a new one to try them out. And if that's what it takes to find the inspiration to create a new one every day, for 30 days, I'm happy.

"Blub Blub"
Mixed Media on watercolor paper

In Blub Blub I used water-soluble markers for the initial drawing, and I sprayed them with water to make the lines fuzzy and lose. Then I added liquid ink from Inktense Sticks, acrylic stencil, paper collage, and just a little Chinese brush ink.

Below is a close up shot.

Blub Blub Detail




February 5, 2018

Day 5 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Boats

Fifth experiment of the month. This time using Inktense blocks and colored pencils.
An abstract composition of colors and shapes, just for fun.

Mixed media

It's not meant to be representational, but of course my brain is trying to decipher what it sees, and I definitely see boats. 


PS: Oh, how I do like color!

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February 4, 2018

Day 4 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Lines, Swirls, and Texture

Here is MY daily experimentation in abrract terms. This time I used Inktense blocks and different kinds of paper to create color, shapes, and texture.

I'm not sure if these creations look interesting to others, but I do love them, because they make my brain work differently.
I feel like during this month, anything that is out of the norm is good for me. Making things using different tools from the usual paint and brushes helps me grow as a visual artist. 

Sometimes you don't know where you are heading until you take the next step.

"Lines, Swirls, and Texture"
Mixed media

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February 3, 2018

Day 3 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Small Collages Steelyard and Pillars

Day three, two more small collages of hand-painted paper coming from my studies and sketches tore into peaces.

Today I made two, yay me!  lol
For the first, I was inspired to create another of the classic compositions, the one called "steelyard", in which two shapes of different size are on each side of the horizon.

It evolved into something a little different from the initial idea, but that's the beauty of these daily projects. Go with the flow...   :)

4'5" x 5.5"
paper and acrylic

For the second one, I was just placing shapes and colors without thinking too much, and it turned out to be an abstract image that reminded me of the pillars of an ancient temple.

4'5" x 5.5"
paper and acrylic

February 2, 2018

Day 2 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Radiating Lines

Day two of thirty - I loved experimenting with this one!

A few facts about this:

  • I used the coolest new media: ink blocks. Solid ink that diluted with water becomes like regular ink and dries permanent and super-colorful. I haven't gotten the smooth result yet because of the texture of the paper and the fact that I need to figure out all the different ways to use them, but I love my new Inktense Blocks!
  • I created one of my favorite classic compositions, the Radiating Lines, making up design and colors as I went.
  • I really like this design a lot. I might do several more using the radiating lines....
  • It brought me back to my beginnings, when I first started painting, I wanted to paint vibrant and colorful landscapes, then somehow along the way I started enjoying more realistic colors. But hey, I think I need to revisit the crazy colors.... they make me smile.
    What do you think?

"Radiating Lines"
Inktense blocks on paper

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February 1, 2018

Day 1 of 30-in-30 Challenge - Small Abstract Collage

All right, here we go, the first post of the month!

As I mentioned before, this month, during the daily painting challenge called 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I am focusing on experimenting with abstract compositions and mixed media.

Paint, drawing, collage, fibers, stitches, all could come into play. I have a vague idea of what I'd like to try, let's see if what happens as the days go by.

Here is the first composition a collage of hand painted paper.

It's quite small, made with pieces of hand-painted paper, attached with acrylic soft gel. The photo is a little dark, I'l try to get a better shot tomorrow.

"Start With a Heart"

I had fun making it!
I started out with the idea to create an L shape (or rectangular) composition, then I added the yellow square on the left, but it was too bright. An L-shaped blue paper on top, rotated just so, takes away some of the brightness and looks like a heart.  Nice way to start the moth. :)

And what a way to use old paintings and studies! I have to admit, tearing up old paintings of mine that I never liked is quite fulfilling. : )

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January 30, 2018

Joining the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Once More, Wish Me Luck!

Twice a year, for the past few years (I think four) I have joined the 30-in-30 painting challenge, and it's always a blast! 
It gives me the incentive to create more and faster, to experiment working on small scale works or studies. 

It's coming up in a few days!! And this time I'm doing something new.

My goal this time will be to experiment with mixed media and abstract painting. I know, very different for my usual style. I feel like I need this right now. 

The focus is to have fun and think outside the box, push some boundaries. Let's see what happens. 
I might end up hating the 30 new pieces, or loving them, we'll see. More likely it'll be something in between. 

Whatever happens, I am sure at the end of the month I'll feel like I've learned a lot. It always happens. I'm soooo excited about this!

I hope I can find the time to create every day, and to take pictures of the daily work, and post it. Sometimes it's not that easy, but the fact that the challenge has moved from the usual month of January to February, should help having a bit more of time.

Would you like to try it yourself? There is still time to join!
For more info on the 30-in-30 challenge and to sign up visit https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

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