Sunday, March 16, 2008

Okay, okay, it's not pefect!


Just messing around with my paints in my studio and did a lukewarm painting of a cappucino I drank and photographed in Italy. As I studied the painting, I tried to remember the advice I give my students, your paintings don't have to be perfect. In fact if you are trying something new, they are rarely perfect. After giving myself this excellent advice, I turned out the lights and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, I woke up thinking that since this painting wasn't perfect I could mess it up and try some mixed-media stuff on it. I have been wanting to incorporate mixed media into my watercolors for a long time, but somehow couldn't seem to do it. Anyway, this is the result, it isn't perfect, but I have opened the door to mixed media for myself. Any suggestions for adding mixed media to a watercolor would be appreciated.

4 comments:

Deirdra Doan said...

OOOH OOOH I think it is so neat! Maybe add something to the coffee, foam cream like bumpy paper,tissue. Or add somthing from a coffee label or shop in Italy..or glitter to the icing on the cookie....cool stuff from Italy...Glue the painting on to something from Italy, Map, cookie box cover...glue down an Italian newspaper on a board and then put the painting on top of that. Go wild!!! What ever goes with coffee experience in Italy.

Roberta said...

So, you made the leap! yeah, I knew you could do it :-) I love this, it is watercolor/journal art. I love adding words to images...the perfect marriage, I say! I don't think it needs a thing...unless maybe a little frame :-) You are on the road...from this point on, you won't be able to stop at just words...you can add all kinds of things, papers, tags, stickers, photo images (oooh, one of you sipping that cappucino would be good :-) anything and everything. Congratulations on the leap!

Bev said...

Caught up on your posts today and I luv your paintings. You did a great job on the mixed media....keep it up and then you can teach all of us how to do it!!

Kathy M. said...

Barbara,

I love the cappucino painting...just the way it is. It's perfect!!!!!!!!!