Painting and Repainting, or The Transformation.

"Love Yourself" Chicken is a mixed media piece that is a Re DO....in other words, if you look at the 2nd image you will see what the original painting looked like...I painted the fish several years ago...it's been kickin' around my studio, never really been shown.....

and so, the other day I decided to change it up a bit....it was quick and easy....and I like the result! I often like the 2nd or 3rd or 4th painting that comes through on a panel....I like how the under layers add so much texture....and I am building on what came before...it's all still there...

I learned about doing this by my mentor and friend Sheila Norgate
she does an amazing presentation called "The Blank Canvas" in which she shows you her process in a slide show....it is fascinating...and I have been doing the same for many years now too.

What do you think?

mixed media on panel "Love Yourself says the Chicken" redo
1st painting, "Fish"
 mixed media on panel

Fun Times with Beach Plywood and Paint.....

yes, of course i know....there have been sooo many bees and chickens coming out of my studio this year.....what's it all about you ask?? well, i'm not totally sure....some of it is just the fact that i feel that bees are somewhat under appreciated, considering all the amazing hard work that they do to help sustain our lives on this planet....and, i love the graphic contrast of yellow and black, the stripes being so bold.....
honey bee on beach plywood

 i found these chunks of plywood on the beach when we were out camping and they were perfect canvases....i really really love the texture and imperfections.....i am crazy for imperfections actually....and if anything is too perfect (to my eye) i lose interest in exploring it further.....that does not mean i do not appreciate well done work of any kind....i am seriously impressed with the skill level required to create highly technical, perfect work.....it just doesn't make my heart leap....my intellect sees and appreciates, my heart is unimpressed....

detail from honey bee

 i guess this is why i LOVE children's art soooo much.............

"don't be a chicken about love"

and i suppose my work sometimes looks rather child-like as well.....i was told by one of my mentors (i'm fortunate to have more than one!!!)......."don't resist"........i like this sentiment....if ya wanna paint another funky chicken then just go ahead and paint it.....and if you must scribble, then go for it....i have found a lot of power in scribbling...if you allow......it will take you places.... guaranteed....don't be a chicken with your playtime....follow your heart and instincts....xoxoxo

heart detail from love chicken