Friday, November 4, 2011

New Art

Before  I  show  you  my  new  art,  I  want  to  thank  everyone  for  all  of  your  visits  and  comments  on  my circus  pieces.   A  few  of  you  have  asked  me  if  I'm  going  to  be  selling  my  boxes  online, and  yes  I  am  after  my  show  in  Dec.   But  I'll  be  sure  to  let  everyone  know!

So  I  have  a  little  more  time  to  do  the  kind  of  art  that  I  like  to  make,  and  that  started  out  with  painting  my  own  papers--

These  are  on  watercolor  papers.   I  wanted  something  really  durable  and  heavy  enough  to  hold  all  of  the  layers  that  I  put  on,  starting  with  spray  inks  and  then  acrylics  mixed  in  with  stamping  and  whatever  I  had  on  hand.

And  then  I  started  out  with  my  first  layer  on  my  surface--

These  papers  were  so  stiff,  I  didn't  even  mess  with  the  regular  gel  medium  to  adhere  them--I  went  right  to  the  big-boy  stuff  and  used  my  heavy  gel  medium,  which  worked  like  a  charm.

And  then  came  the  2nd  layer--


















.......and  followed  with  the  finishing  touches....
.....including  the  "frame-work"...




....all  on  this  cupboard  door--
If  you  read  my  blog,  then  you  know  that  these  are  one  of  my  favorite  surfaces  to  work  on,  with  the  added  bonus  that  I  will  pay  no  more  than  $5.00  for  these  doors  (and  even that's  a pretty  steep  price)  at  garage  sales.

I  really  enjoyed  making  this  because  I  took  my  time  and  just  enjoyed  the  process,  but  I  know  that  I'm  probably  going  to  regret  enjoying  this  too  much,  because  when  it  comes  down  to  the  wire--I'm  going  to  be  stressing  out  (like  I  usually  do)  before  these  shows  and  wondering--  Did  I  make  enough???
But  in  the  meantime---this  was  fun!!

43 comments:

Art Expression said...

Diane your work is always so beautiful...I love the colors and all the layers = )

NatashaMay said...

Wonderful! Just enjoy it! So much beauty comes out underneath those artsy hands of yours. :)

Bren said...

Not only was it fun, but what a great piece you created! Love the depth all those layers bring. Here's to a successful December show!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Hi Diane,
This is so GLORIOUS!!! I just love the papers you created with all the colour and texture and layers. Wonderful.
You need to give yourself permission to 'play' sometimes - just for the pleasure of feeling free to create without the pressure of 'I need to..'

Healing Woman said...

Your hand stamped and painted papers are like a fantasy. So beautiful and what a substrate to create onto!

Janelle said...

I love this piece. It is absolutely gorgeous. All the layers and details make it divine.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! Impressive! Love the key. When I saw that key, I about flipped. Really special art from a special lady!

rebeca trevino said...

love the details in work. and when i look closer, i drr you embellished with 3-D things, is that right? a flower, a key with the word "home" on it,a small brass frame with a gypsy girl picture . . . all very kool.
diane, what is the cabinet door on? a canvas frame? and what is the finished size of this piece?
inquiring minds want to know . . .

Isabel said...

Love all the paper you create:O) Love those cabinet doors:O)

Karenliz said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I love this and seeing your process is so fun. Your papers are better than any you can buy. I love all the layers and the colors are AWESOME! Enjoy it while you can ;)

xx Jaime

Dianne said...

This is amazing! Your work is so colorful and whimsical! Love this!

Dorthe said...

It looks fun, and it looks to be a huge work and involving many hours, dear Diane- And then it is a gorgeous door -I love the layers you so cleverly adds, and think that we all should be able to create for "fun" now and then- that goes for you-and also myself !!!
Hugs,Dorthe

Heavens2Betsy said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I am a big fan of your doors! penny

Wax Beach Artist said...

Wow! Your art is amazing! Your papers are beautiful. I like making my own papers too but they never came out anything like that! So lively and vibrant I get filled up with energy just looking at them. Energizing but grounded. Love it!

Kristin said...

Awe, this is so so cool! I LOVE your deliciously painted papers and you know, after a day in the studio (er, guest room ;) yesterday that ended in disaster, I think I may just do some painted papers today - what a great idea to get the ideas flowing again - thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend, xoxoxo

Ayala Art said...

What a beautiful collection of paintings! So vibrant, love them!

Janie Husband said...

beautiful....have a great show, diane.....your papers are beautiful...and of course, your art pieces....

Janie Husband said...

forgot to ask this....are you doing the butler arts show? i don't know if i told you that i was born and raised in youngstown.......surprised to read that butler arts was still there....

Cameron said...

Gorgeous...2 of these would look so beautiful used as actual doors again...like in an art studio or small kitchen...so happy, colorful and inspiring!

Love em!

Emelie said...

It is always fun to come here, I have been thinking about you, I was wondering about a Dec. show and knowing you had some time to get ready. Who ever said being an artist wasn't work? You have worked so hard and produced such great things and variety and not just small but pretty large pieces of art.

I like the layers also and the way you keep colors clean and bright, you might talk about that some time when things are not so much pressure.

Thanks for being there Diane you so appreciated and loved.

Serena said...

I love how the second layer of black detailing makes it really pop. Lovely work as always!

~ Serena :)

Tammie Lee said...

Diane, Gorgeous!! Love that you share your process, i would not get it otherwise, so beautiful!

Heather Henry said...

As always, I am thoroughly in awe and rather inspired when I visit your blog. I love to browse through your posts and look at all of the amazing details that you put into everything you do. Love it all. These cupboard doors are wonderful. And so are the circus boxes, so much fun.
Have a lovely weekend! Cheers!

A Dancing Mango said...

Yes, it is very nice.. and what fun on such a great medium!
thank you for sharing..!

Kathy said...

I'm glad you took a time out for "play time" and it turned out beautiful, as always!
Good luck with the next show!!

Buffy said...

Gorgeous! I love all the colors,and I always have to take my time to look at all your little details.

Lisa D. said...

I love them all! Your colors are so vibrant!

Marilyn Rock said...

Your art is wonderful - always. I love the papers - gorgeous colors and patterns! Your cupboard is amazing! xxoo

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

Hi Diane, I walked around on your blog and must say you make very very beautiful things. Marvelous, also your last work. Beautiful details and colors.
Have a nice weekend and lovely greet from Holland
Marja

Becca said...

Wow oh wow! I love this Diane! So colorful and always inspiring to visit you here. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

kristen said...

This is just gorgeous! Oh you inspire-er you!! :)

Katrina said...

Diane your pieces are beautiful!!
Your art is so lovely, very magical and touching.

I don't have so much time lately to indulge in my art work so just doodling and having fun with what time is available.

joanna said...

Diane your papers are just gorgeous!! good luck with your Dec. show! hope you sell loads :))

Theresa said...

Beautiful piece! loved seeing the process and the circus themed pieces are wonderFUL!

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane this is beautiful!! Love your painted papers! you have such a great style! It always shines through in your work no matter what the medium! :)

Nancy Eaton said...

Diane, I just love your art! I'm always excited when I see that you have posted something new! Thanks for sharing.

sharon said...

This is incredible! Every square inch is covered with beauty Diane! And the fact that you make your own papers is unbelievable!
Amazing again!

Clare said...

What a stunning piece of art - I love the texture and colour, you have a real knack for creating depth to your work.

Emakesart said...

I seriously love that you use cabinet doors as a canvas!! One of these days I'm going to try it too... you know...when it's not still attached to a cabinet or kitchen, lol!!

xoE

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Every visit at your blog is a great experience, I'm always fascinated of your creativity. Love the new brilliant colorful pieces.
Wish you a nice weekend,
Anja

jany said...

thanks for the share it nice blog

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Juls said...

this is so stunning!!! Hugs Juls

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