Day One: mini artworks

Mini Artworks
3” & 4” square mini mixed media works (various combinations of pastel, ink, acrylic and crushed copper powder)

Day One of the “RI Blizzard of Beyond 48!!” First I should tell you I’ve just embarked on a six week daily art practice called Beyond 48– more on that later. Just know I’ll be posting something new every day here with lots of insight about my process.

About today’s work, as I sit trapped inside with a blizzard howling out there, I started a long planned experiment with mixing metallics. Naturally the effects are nearly impossible to photograph, but I don’t mind. I love the idea of creating work that can only be fully experienced in person. Anyway, I’ve got this little jar of crushed copper which I incorporated into two of these, one with a dry brush over texture, the other using water to distribute it by floating. I’m also playing with different techniques using a new silver ink I recently discovered.

I particularly love the black one in the middle. I etched markings into the pastel using a sculpting tool before putting a finish gloss on it and the subtle difference in finish is very beguiling to me. The background of the richer salmon colored one was a happy surprise that came from mixing red and silver ink together which created an overall satin look and feel.

So far a great snow day for me. ? I’m in no danger of getting bored now that the Beyond 48 has begun.

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