Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Recent Favorite

I paint a lot and periodically a piece becomes one of my favorites. Spring Awakening is one of these. I live for the end of winter and always celebrate the coming of spring. Always I have a little story or few words about each of my pieces.

Close your eyes and breathe in the perfume of the flowers in garden and feel soft butterfly wings against your skin. After a long winter, I am in heaven once again.

This has been posted before but I wanted to revisit it. It currently lives in Mexico.



My Gift to You

I am working on a series of ebooks with short comments about each piece of work, video links, step by step, etc. They should be out in a couple of weeks. I hope you will enjoy them.
 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Inspiration

Years ago I saw a wonderful show by glass artist, William Morris. He does monumental glass work but he also had a 30' x 8' wall of small glass pieces. I fell in love with them and they have remained with me. Last week while gallery hopping, I came across a wall of ceramic faces that struck me the same way. One is interesting, two hold our interest longer but a whole wall is incredible. You can be endlessly lost in all the unique shapes. Plus there is the organizational beauty of a grid with the variety of the shapes. The world is full of eye candy and inspiration.

 SUPPLIES

Creative Paperclay®
Your imagination

Have fun with art and dream in color.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Layering. Painting & Playing


I had an old art panel with paint on it and wanted to try creating a raised fresco look on it. So out came the stencils, masking tape and Creative Paperclay® slurry. Slurry is a porridge like substance made from bits of Creative Paperclay® and water mixed together well.

SUPPLIES

Creative Paperclay®
Stencils
Masking Tape
Sand paper
Acrylic Paints
Art panel







I layered the stenciled slurry. Letting each stencil dry to the touch before layering another one. When all had dried thoroughly, I sanded it back to smooth out the edges. Then started adding more stencils, paint and collage elements.

Have fun with art & dream in color,

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Progression

I always work on 5-6 pieces at a time because of drying time, waiting for cast objects to cure and just to sit back and look at the pieces.
And then I just throw more paint, transfer or stencils on it. These are not done but you can see the progression.

Adding the Storytelling Elements

 As a narrative mixed media artist, I love the story telling elements that I can create with Creative Paperclay®. Most of my work starts out as abstract paintings until I start adding the narrative to it. This piece, Man on the Edge of a Big Decision, is one example. It takes so little to add a lot of impact.

SUPPLIES

Silicone mold
Creative Paperclay®
Stamp
I made my little man using a push mold made from a figurine and Creative Paperclay®. I prefer to clean up my edges when dry by using a dremel. However, you can trim the edges before it dries with an exacto knife.

Have fun with art & dream in color.

Darlene Olivia McElroy

Monday, March 14, 2016

Holy Mackerel

Being a figurative artist, it is rare that I paint anything else but this pelican really appealed to me. When I lived on the beach, they were part of daily life. Can you image what their breathe smells like? Eeek.