Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Fearless and Fly

I have a joined a challenge at Artist In Blogland called Fall Fearless and Fly. It is hosted by Jessica Sporn and Carolyn Dube. We are given three prompts every two weeks. Last week's headline prompt was Inventing the Future, the color prompt was reds, oranges, yellows and pinks and the quote prompt was "The best thing about the future is it only comes one day at a time" by Abraham Lincoln.

The first thing I think of when you say orange, yellow and pink is a sunset. I grabbed one of my favorite photos and this metal wall art that I picked up at Michael's on clearance for $0.50.







I pounced a coat of gesso on the metal with a cosmetic sponge and then used a white paper bag I had lying around to add more texture. I  crumpled it and smoothed over and over again until I was happy. I adhered the bag with gel medium and this is what I got next...



Then I took to the paints...I am not very good at mixing and blending colors yet but I was determined to be brave and keep moving forward until the result did not look like the stripes I painted as a five year old.





For the most part I am happy, I think I did pretty well going from yellow to orange, orange to pink to the deep plum, not so much but the clock struck 3 and I my forward motion was forced to come to a halt! Although I am mostly happy this is not really what I wanted to submit for the challenge. So I am extremely proud of myself for starting again the next day!

I don't have as many step by step pics of my second attempt but I'll tell you what I did...I started in my Moleskine journal this time. For texture I covered the page with page reinforcements...you know the paper rings you use to repair hole punched paper in a binder? Then I covered the page with a wash of the deep plum paint. Then using my cosmetic sponges again I started with the yellow and pounced paint haphazardly...this is what I ended up with...





Color prompt, check. I really wanted to push myself and write some goals for the future. I am not good at writing goals because I have always been afraid that if I write it down and can not accomplish it that it equates to failure. I must get past that so I forced myself to write down some true measurable goals.

I finished my page by adding some dots with acrylic spray mist through a stencil and India ink circles. Added my goals and the quote and I am happy. Here is the finished page:









Thanks for stopping by and if you feel moved please leave a comment. Your words mean the world to me!!

11 comments:

Janet said...

Lovely Dawn. I love the color blending and I love the india ink circles and drips. I often forget to use my inks. Wonderful work!

Susan Being Snippy said...

I enjoyed the way you described your process. You make it sound accomplishable by any one who wants to give it a try. Failure is something that we all need to do in order to progress and perfect. I always expect a few failures before I am satisfied with the final result!

Ronda Palazzari said...

This is so lovely. I love the colors and texture! Beautiful!

Linda said...

it's beautiful Dawn-both your sunset(great job on the blending!) and your challenge piece!

Tracy said...

I love the way you've used circles on so many levels. It was the running ink circles that drew me to come and look at the blog.

Jessica Sporn said...

You so embodied the challenge Dawn, pushing through and painting fearlessly. The texture in both is great, and I love the colors. And those drips -- oh my! Thank you so much for joining Fall Fearless & Fly!

Carolyn Dube said...

Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! So glad you joined us for Fall Fearless and Fly!

Harriet Hensley said...

beautiful colors and love the way you used them.....

Dawn said...

Thank you all for your kind words, they mean the world to me!!

Marcia said...

very nice texture!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Well done, Dawn! Never give up, that's what I always say! I paint every day and don't really know much about mixing- I usually use what's in the tube as is, but now I am trying all sorts of new things like you, and it is exciting! i think I'm going to use a paper bag to make some texture today- thanks for the tip! I have some kids coming over this morning and we're going to have a painting session. I think they'll have fun with a paper bag!!! Patsy from
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