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Mouse over the image to zoom in and see the wood grain and textures that my mixed media techniques create.
This Collage-Painting of a garden filled with Bearded Irises uses cut paper with swirling ink and organic inclusions, allows the wood grain to show through, and is accented with acrylic paint.
Irises are amazing! Their bright, frilly ruffled petals are a joy of themselves, and sneaking a peek inside to reveal the detail within is a treasure! I have them all over my yard: in full shade, in full sun, where it is irrigated and where it is dry, and they perform amazingly everywhere. The flowers only last about a month each spring, but with this Collage-Painting you can enjoy them every day!
Most of my artwork is based on the flowers I grow in my yard, and I am especially proud of my xeriscape garden. Xeriscape gardening principles discourage the use of irrigation in order to garden responsibly in arid or semi-arid conditions. Irises do surprisingly well with little moisture, and I am pleased to show people how beautiful a garden can be without wasting water, a precious resource here in my home of Colorado.
I grow these flowers in my garden, photograph them (or sometimes hire a friend to help with photos!) and use them as inspiration for my artwork. This piece, “Iris #1" was created in my signature style of collage-painting.
I prepare a wood panel by cutting, sanding and staining it. This time, I used a light blue stain for the sky. For the background, I manipulated magazine pages in a way that lifts the ink off of the page and swirls it around. This makes an abstract but very natural-looking background in a rich array of natural brown, olive, and yellow/green tones. Petals were cut from various art papers and minute details were rendered in acrylic paint.
The original is 15” x 27” and comes ready to hang, mounted on an off-black frame backer using glue and nails. The nails (black carpet tacks, technically) are exposed, adding to the hand-crafted look of the piece. These pictures take about 40 hours to create (not including the gardening). I hope you enjoy the flowers as much as I do!
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