Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Making Art Personal Through Images

 Just four weeks ago this was a blank canvas (48" x 36").
When someone asks me to " paint something for them", the question starts racing through my head: WHAT??.....Paint what?.....Not such a dilemma when you know the person well, as I did in this case.
Once the size & colours were agreed on I was pretty much left to make the subject decision myself.
I knew roads were a favourite with this person. My interpretation of this road is located very close to her birthplace of Cooma NSW. (Australia).
 First thing to do was cover the canvas with yellow acrylic, draw a basic composition for the road & the Poplar trees. Sort through the paper stash to find images of her hobbies, likes, memories & start tearing the suitable images to make a start.

 These papers become part of the grass, the colour of the knitted bits are the colour of the dry grasses around the Monaro.
 Sheep & wool were a part of her childhood living in the country.
 Filling in spaces with paint & torn paper collage. Trying to find suitable colours & textures for the composition.
 A visitor taking refuge from the rain.
The sky is becoming a mixture of blue sky images, fabric, feathers & knitting...... my favourite part so far. The yellow Poplars are standing tall reaching for the light.
 "We are all mad here"......not just the sheep!!
 The butterfly represents her new venture into sewing & creating her own business.
 "Blood Lines"= Family.
 All the images blend & complement each other to tell her story.
 Towards the end some of the images have been cut to give them more definition.
Layers of paper & paint all come together to create  this painting of happy memories, & maybe some
fun discovering the relevance of some images.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Change Can Be Good

 Layers of paint & texture in the beginning.....
 the morning sunlight shows all the texture on the canvas....but what I thought was a landscape just wasn't happening the way I thought it should......so I painted over the whole thing!

 The landscape is now in portrait mode......a very different picture emerging now....
a new subject, retaining all of the paint layers & textures.
'Orange Cardi' - not quiet discarded....yet.
( raylee ).

Friday, March 18, 2016

Image transfer/mixed media

 Image transfer on old book page with gesso undercoat & cobalt blue acrylic around the edge of the pages.
I found this image a long time ago in a National Geographic magazine.
When I paint I brush excess paint onto old book pages etc. As I did this I noticed the words " this is what she wrote" at the top of the right hand page....this page just so happened to be the one I had chosen for this image transfer........so this was my inspiration for this artwork.
 Collaged a paper border with printed handwriting on it onto the canvas board.
 Then added the book page with gel medium. When it was dry I added the corner collage pieces.
  Last of all crayon which I smudged with my fingers to soften the overall appearance of this picture.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Art today....texture & layers of paint

On my work table......mark making, paint layers, creating texture with palette knife, stencils, stamps (from recycled found bits & pieces) & impasto gel with acrylic on canvas.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Suitcase Art

 1. Gesso
 2. Naples Yellow Acrylic
 3. Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna
5. Add the Blues - Ultramarine & Cobalt with White
(raylee). www.facebook.com/RayleeSyrchArt

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Faux Rust Butterflies....Mixed Media

 Faux rust butterfly 40 x 40 cm.
Faux rust butterflies on fridge, 10 x 10 cm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fabric for Chairs

Poor tired old chairs...
fabric worn through...
foam stuffing getting picked at by littlies...

dig out the old pale jeans...
chop off the seams...and maybe they fit...
stitch them in place...
and a denim flower now adorns the worn...

then there are the dining chairs..
old patchwork chair covers cut..
and stapled to the straight...
a new life from the old...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rusty Butterflies

 The butterfly shapes were cut from old watercolours, the canvas boards had collage & ribbon on them, then repainted with a fairly dry brush, & rusty nail & old wire to make the butterfly bodies.

Mixing Faux Rust technique ( find this technique at thicketworks ) with real rusty nail & wire to make the butterflies, then attached to repainted canvas boards.


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