Kale Comes of Age

"Kale Comes of Age"
8" x 8"
Acrylic mixed media
She grew this way, purple and green, just as you see her.  The sheen on her background is merely her radiance searing the metallic around her.

In my neighborhood, there was one tree affected by a voracious insect.  It ate the leaf, left the veins.  From an art perspective, this was cool. But the tree lost a lot of leaves.  I collected many.  They paint-up nicely.

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Angel Blueface

"Angel Blueface"
"6" x6"
Acrylic on clay board
As soon as I was ready to shoot this stand of fan coral, an Angel Blueface darted in front of my specimens. Wouldn't you know, a simple project of making marks turned—all about fish! 

Okay, here's the panel I chose to imprint with the mark made by paint squeezed on a wet background and pressed with a firm piece of plastic, then lifted.  I could see through the plastic this time, so I relocated the paint to the height and area I wanted.  It looked like fan coral to me. So I made a miniature under water scene with pearlescent and gold coral.  Then it needed a fish.  I went to the internet and found this guy, then put one more little fan in front of him.  Thus ends this  experiment in making meaningful marks.

Thank you for bearing with me on this excursion. 

Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

"Lovely Bunch of Coconuts"
9" x 12"
Acrylic on canvas panel
The rainforest was noisier than I had anticipated, and not with animal sounds.  A sudden breeze rattled the overlapping fronds. Water droplets plinked through the canopy, and the creaking of large stalks and trunks that teetered in the breeze sounded like sequoias about to topple. 

I added a dollop of wet paint to the background play of color, and smashed it in with the sheet of plastic. Pulled up and released. Hmmmm. Just a circle of paint.  Wiped it and sprayed water where I wanted to press in paint.  Voila! It worked. Made more of the same frond-like marks.  It's moisture around the paint that makes it act this way.   I'll try one more canvas to see if I can make this mark with purpose.  

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8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas panel
In the humidity of the tropical dome at the conservatory were numerous varieties of fronds. The late afternoon light bounced around in that moist environment, revealing a spectrum of color. 

Number two in the series is similar, in that it is on a black canvas with metallic colors.  And once again, I took it this far and let it dry.  Tomorrow I will see what it's like to work on a dried piece and introducing new elements.

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Golden Needles

"Golden Needles"
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas panel

When the moon zapped a silvery sheen over the snow in the forest, the pines preferred gold, and took on a glow of their own.

What started as an exercise in two colors on black, became a finished piece in short order. The sparse gold "needles" spoke the essence of forest on top of the metallic silver paint, so I left it to dry.  I made another one or two in metallic colors, that I'll post over the next couple of days.

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