My Crazy

I don’t know where my husband got this but it summed everything up… it’s time for a new adventure. And when followed by this…

Well, how can you resist?

So my family and my menagerie of paintings and drawings will be making a move of approximately 800 miles. I’m excited for new experiences and kicking some art into high gear.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? This just might be my crazy.

It also may be time to decide on a focus for my art. I hate the idea of being limited to a style or medium but being taken seriously is important. So, pencil?

Or paint and mixed media?

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6 Steps to Create a Mixed Media Painting

I’ve had several people ask how I make my paintings. So I figured I’d break it down into some steps. 

1. Sketches and a plan. I don’t always stick with a plan but the sketchbook is the birthplace of ideas.


2. Prep the canvas. I love this part. It’s mainly nonobjective and freeing. I work quickly adding the papers with gel medium and find my rhythm.


3. Paint. I’m still building up background, creating texture and movement. Also maintaining a sense of unity throughout.


4. Transfer or draw the image. I use paint or pencil to sketch the image on to the canvas.

5. Fill in and paint. I love creating deep, rich color using umber, purples or greens, and reds. I start the base with the darkest color (green) and then paint glazes over successive layers. It allows texture and color to peek through.


6. Now I just paint. Eliminating some background and covering the sides of the canvas. I will work with smaller and smaller brushes, picking out shapes, enhancing lines doing whatever I feel is necessary. I use acrylic glazing medium to complete the background allowing for the under-layers to show through.

There you have it, a small look into my process (at least for this painting 😊).

Peace and Love,

lkb 

New from LBlackwell Art!

I had the opportunity to camp on Long Key last March. Nothing beats a tent on the Atlantic. Strolls along the shore introduced me to loads of hermit crabs, man-o-war, gulls, herons, pelicans, oysters, horseshoe crabs, and a canoe trip where I saw a sea turtle. I was so excited about the turtle I almost tipped and neglected to identify the species.

This is the first in my new series, “A Walk Along the Shore.” In this series I hope to share a love and fascination with everything ocean. Included will be graphite drawings and mixed media paintings. I draw from my 35 year love affair with marine life and countless visits to beaches throughout Florida.

Walk with me, won’t you?

peace and love,

lkb