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08/29/10
First Canvas
Filed under: General, Painting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 4:22 pm

This is my first mixed media painting on canvas and it has been a wonderful experience to begin a new form of expression. I have painted a lot of watercolor paintings on paper and recently have experimented with collage, mixed media, and acrylic painting. Painting in acrylics is challenging when coming from a background in watercolors because acrylics dry very quickly which forces you to make immediate decisions while watercolor dries slowly and is more contemplative.

This painting started out as just a sketch of an idea in Saturday Painting Adventure and then grew intuitively. I added several washes and layers of acrylic paint working the paint slightly wet so that the colors would run into each other. Later I glued down pieces of scrapbooking paper with Mod Podge and after that was dry I added some brush strokes of white to give the piece a floaty feel and to tie everything together.


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08/15/10
Crazy Quilt and the Passage of Time
Filed under: General, Creativity, Family and Friends, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 1:20 pm

This small crazy quilt piece is something that I have been working on over time, hence it represents a time passage piece. It depicts a few special moments captured in time. My children were younger when I made the photo transfers and assembled the crazy quilt blocks. Most of the time I enjoy taking it out of the specialty threads basket kept on the side table, look at it and fondly reminisce, and then put it back. Sometimes I add some embroidery stitches to the piece.

Lately I have been reflecting on the passage of time and how things change and yet how things remain the same. The threads of friendship connect us to one another and remind us of that special circle that goes around us. When you see an old friend after a long span of time it is almost as if the time between collapses and disappears. You catch up on things, renew the friendship, and the connection can grow stronger. Friends are truly wonderful.


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