So last week I was bottled up, and this week I'm boxed in--but in a good way : )
And in Joyce's Fresco Workshop, our last lesson was learning to work on plaster of paris. Joyce wanted us to apply the plaster on wood but on only on part of it--for a real mixed media piece--
....my girl is on the plaster--
Plaster of paris is a lot different to work on then modeling or molding paste, or even the pre-mixed filler plaster. It's almost chalk-like--I developed a love/hate relationship with it. You really can't use watercolor pencils on it because it chips the plaster away, but when you use regular watercolors--Oh!!--Love it! The color just seeps into the plaster wonderfully. I've been learning a lot about watercolors too--I'm really liking them!
And my peacock was on the bare wood--
I've never painted a peacock before, so I had no idea what I was doing, but that's what is so nice about this type of art. Nothing has to be or should be perfect. And the peacock and background were done in true mixed media style--acrylics, graphite, and those wonderful Prismacolor nupastels. If you've never worked with chalk pastels before, I recommend these. I like them better than the pan pastels or even the conte crayons--so easy to work with--and the way the colors go down--WONDERFUL!!
This is what I love about mixed media--it's impossible to get bored--sooooo many possibilities.
But I'm going to take a little time off today and enjoy this most excellent weather we've been having. I don't remember the last time we've had a full week of sun and 70 degree weather in March!! And I know that in a week there could be snow on the ground. So Lenny (my turtle) and I are going to go outside today and enjoy this wonderful sunshine!