The world opened up to her colour...


“A  kind of light spread out from her.  And everything changed color. And the world opened out.  And a day was good to awaken to.  And there were no limits to anything.  And the people of the world were good and handsome.  And I was not afraid any more.” ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden.

mixed media portrait with bronze leaves -"The world opened up to her colour"

“The world opened up to her colour”.  9 x 12 mixed media on watercolour paper.

I am always game to try something new.  In this painting, that something new was gold leafing or what was supposed to be gold but turned out to be bronze leafing.

I used my own carved leaf stamps that I had prepared for another assignment a few years ago.

I was really happy that I could use up the old bronze sheets of leafing paper that I must have had in my art stash since the 1990s.  This  was a new technique and had I followed instructions the first time, I would have been finished sooner. I glued on the leafing sheets the wrong way and I had to start that over. Live and learn once more!

The acrylics are watered considerably so that they give the effect of watercolour. This is a technique I learned (and am far from having mastered) from artist Lauren Rudolph. You can see her amazingly vivid paintings by visiting Lauren's website.

I have used this technique before, here in Letting troubles float away.

and here in What I learned from trying out a new technique

I added stamped lettering (store bought) in the background, and the colours were achieved using Neocolours II.  Pitt Pastel pens were used in hair as well.

It seems to be a pattern with me lately to throw everything that I possibly can at a painting and see what happens.  

The learning continues.

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