Paint Party Friday, that is. The wonderful weekly get-together of some awesome artists who show their work on their blogs - quite a fascinating and very inspiring party. I haven't participated for so long. I really wish I could join again on a regular basis, but at the moment I can just play it by ear. At least I made it this week.
I've recently started to work on canvas board and include my photography, something I have been thinking about for a very long time with various results. When I had a bit of time a few weeks ago I just sat down and got started. I have these pictures of Antelope Canyon. We visited that gorgeous slot canyon a few years ago in the winter when we stayed in Page, AZ. I was fascinated by its incredible colors, and I tried to capture these colors in the mixed media painting. Do you think I did it?
I also love poppies, especially those fields of red poppies that always meant summer to me when I was still living in Germany. With this painting I had a bit more difficulties as I didn't like the first version of my background at all. I toned it down with some unbleached titanium and used some stamps instead. I knew from the start that I wanted to include the dried poppy seed heads that I had kept from last year's poppies. Now I'm quite happy with it.
Both paintings are available in my Etsy shop. I am having a Christmas in July sale - all my mixed media paintings, art prints, big journals and Christmas items (mainly notecards and ornaments) are 15% off until the end of July.