Monday, September 15, 2014

Link Up Blog Hop with Creative Paperclay

This is my first blog hop. I am such a newbie. On Oct 7th stop by Creative Paperclay® blog and link your project up to our blog post and you will have the change to win a wonderful Creative Paperclay® Prize package

Friday, September 12, 2014

Second Time Around Art

This was a half finished piece that has been hanging around the studio for a couple years. My goal this year is to finish everything I have started so I have lots of work ahead of me plus it builds inventory for my galleries. This looks so much better than what was underneath. There is nothing so precious that it can't be painted over. Just take a photo if you have a need to remember what it looked life before.

The End, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Creative Paperclay® Mask

I have been invited to show in a show, Masquerade, and decided to add a Creative Paperclay® mask and cast butterflies to my painting. I marked on my art where I wanted the mask to go with a water soluble crayon. See the light white line on the left. Then I started adding the clay.

Creative Paperclay®
Paint or metallic rub
Silicone Mold
Small Round Objects
Silver & Gold Rub

BTW - The name of the piece is Fly Bye and is a 12" x 36" mixed media on panel.
I completed my design and added small round objects. I thought they might pop off but they are well stuck into the clay. Then I let the clay dry.

As a painter I tend to work in very thin layers so this is a comfortable way for me to add texture and dimension to a piece. Plus it is always fun to mold something from scratch. There is something very freeing about clay in your hands.

Once it was dry, I painted the piece then added both gold and silver rub.

Hope this added more ideas to try on your art.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Talk to Me: Art as Narrative

Here is the presentation Pat Chapman and I are giving for our show at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum in Clovis, NM. Enjoy.

Talk to Me: Art as Narrative

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holy Moly Eyeballs

I was cruising the web the other day and I came across glass and plastic eyeballs and thought I could make them with Creative Paperclay®.  I probably should have practiced doing bigger ones first however these are very inexpensive to create and don't require shipping.

Creative Paperclay®
Amazing Molding Putty
Liquitex Pouring Medium
Tools for holes
I started with two equal amounts of clay and these two things (sockets)  I found in my husband's garage. They made great indents leaving a circle in the middle for the pupil. Thing about what you have around the house that can make these shapes.

When the clay dried, I painted the pupil and iris.

After this dried I added some pouring medium to the indented area. This looks white but will dry clear. When dry it looks like the finished eyeball in the first picture.

Option: You can do a thin first pour and add detail when it is dry. Then do a second pour. This will give you even more depth in the iris.
Enjoy another technique for your art arsenal! —Darlene Olivia McElroy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In the Company of Crows

Latest piece from the studio is In the Company of Crows, 24" x 24" mixed media on canvas. It is off to a museum show on Sept. 2 in Clovis, NM. This was a fun piece to paint. I am trying to get a little looser with my work. There is always a story to go with each piece of art.

"She hung out with her friends, the crows, in a gown the color of the night sea under a full moon. The crows would decorate her by bringing gifts to hang in her hair. Nature became her throne and she became it’s guardian mother and protected future generations to come. "

Where has summer gone? Can it please start over? I was sooooo busy painting for shows and missed it. Bummer.

Masquerade Show Art

I have been invited in to a mask show called Masquerade at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM. Here are the two pieces I painted for the show. Interesting how some pieces come together easily.

Fly Bye is 12" x 36" mixed media on panel with gold leaf, cast and molded objects.

On both the pieces I used paper clay for dimension. I love that Behind the Veil almost looks like a ceramic piece of art. I think I am loving this look.

 Behind the Veil, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.