Holly Dean Artist: Often Medieval in Mood

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Juried. The verdict: to be hung!

"Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other" will be part of the upcoming OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Exhibit at Centrepointe Theatre Gallery
in Ottawa, January 2014. The details will be posted closer to the time.

I am thrilled to be part of this show. Based on the work that I saw
when I dropped off my painting to be juried, it will be amazing!

I hope everyone is enjoying a creative weekend :)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Off to be juried.

Painting wedged in MINI. Off to be juried and, hopefully, hung!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

It's finished!

Did you read my last post? Here is what came next.
The bottom painting is complete. Time to do something with the top.

Old book pages and loose threads collaged on.
All is overpainted with watery green and bronze fluid acrylics.

Gothic "ruin" windows are added over top.

The area around the windows is darkened for contrast.
Circles are added [the colour & shape inspired by our miniature crab apple tree].

A hand-cut stamp is used to add architectural elements.
White connecting lines are added under the windows.

White connecting lines are gone - replaced with one large, soft line.

The large, soft line is collaged over with hand-stamped and painted paper.
[Made in my last Stamps, Stencils & Collage Papers workshop]

And... here is the final piece: "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other"
A mixed media painting, 36" x 48". It will JUST fit in the MINI Cooper ;)
Next it goes to Ottawa to be juried for the upcoming OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] Art Exhibit: Proverbs, JAN 2014.

A detail shot, including some of the calligraphy.

I have SO enjoyed my time in the studio, trying a new approach to my work.
Thank you Flora Bowley for your inspiration!
And thank you to all of you out there who told me about Flora and her book.

Have a creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A new approach to painting.

I've been drinking in Flora Bowley's book, Brave Intuitive Painting.
It feels so good to let go and try new things!

Painting over an older canvas feels good too... a chance for something new to emerge.
How appropriate that the original painting was called AGAIN!

Let go. Be bold. Unfold. That's what I'm allowing myself to do.

I'm amazed at how much the painting is changing. Not holding back, that's for sure!
Painting with fingers and lots of calligraphic marks happening.

Wow! Way out of my comfort zone. Not to worry.... that's the point. Try something else.

OK. I've discovered that I love to work with a foam brush and dab and spray and drip.

I'm loving how the painting is evolving and I am excited to finish it,
just in time to be juried on Saturday for the OMMA
[Ottawa Mixed Media Artists] January Exhibition: Proverbs.

I'll post a picture of the final painting when it's ready.

Here's to brave, intuitive painting! Give it a try :)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Studio touring... real and virtual.

Last weekend's MAG [Merrickville Artists' Guild] Studio Tour and Sale was fantastic! I love sharing my art and my magical studio space with like-minded visitors. Talking about art and creativity always gives me a burst of energy and it seems to be contagious. It reminds me how lucky I am to be a full time visual artist.

For those who can't make it out to this last weekend of the MAG Studio Tour and for those who live far, far away: A PRIVATE STUDIO TOUR, JUST FOR YOU. Grab a snack and a cup of coffee and join me on a 23 minute virtual visit. It will be great to have you here :)


Coming in person? We are STUDIO #4 on the MAG Tour [The Studio at Greyweathers]
Our street address is 606 Elgin Street, Merrickville, ON K0G 1N0
You can reach us at (613) 207-0815 or (613) 852-7560 or studio@greyweathers.com


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