Friday, March 14, 2014

Cottage By the Sea

Mixed Media Collage Painting ~ Cottage By the Sea

Sorry for the bad the pictures. ……Will try later to see if I can get a better image of the entire painting .

I have been meaning to do a mixed media collage painting for some time now. After much acquired inspiration from artists like Carolyn Saxby, Louise O'Hara, Morag, Marji , Linda K and Serena Barton and visiting numerous artists on Youtube I was armed with enough knowledge to tackle the painting….."Cottage By the Sea".

I first started out painting the background , the mountains and cove and applied the cottage painting I had from before. I then added the Old Lace (dyed with coffee) for the sun, sea stars and the birds (Swallows) which I tried to emulate a "murmuration of swallows" but it didn't turn out exactly how I had envisioned them to be; oh well, next time. The waves were also done with Medical Gauze as well as with the Old Lace.
The mountainous hilly range, the sandy beach, the cove and the sun were built with modelling paste . Once the paste dried, I painted what was left uncoloured with acrylics, inks and reInkers.
Finally, adding a smidgen of gold leaf to the sun, mountains and horizon line, sea stars, netted waves, water, cottage windows and cove worked fine in creating the setting sun's glitter upon the landscape below…...Just love the gold leaf pen! And another tool which also came in handy was my heat gun. It worked beautifully in creating depth and dimension in the hilly terrain and sandy beach.

So now I think I would like to add to the painting a film of bees wax but not sure if I can depending on what I have underneath which is glazing liquid and if that's okay, will have to read up on that or maybe some of you might know; love to hear from you if you do.
 Of course there are many things that could be better with this work like shadows and light , the waves and the sky, the murmur of birds, etc etc etc but as a whole, I'm happy with this painting.
 I can't wait to work on another MMCP and explore the multitude of college elements, so much fun!!!

* Side Note…Do you paint while listening to music and if you do , do you somehow find it influences your brush??? Or even after listening to a song?

While nearing the completion of my painting and after listening to "Starry Starry Night" I tripled the width of the horizon line into a mountainous range and didn't realize it after I read the lyrics to the song. I also found the sea stars and sun and the cottage gave thought to Vincent's work : ) I suppose I really do love his work!

Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosphy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.


~ Materials used  ~

Canvas Board
Old Lace ~ Sun, SeaStars, Waves,Netting, Swallows, 
Medical Gauze Material
Baby Mussel Shells ( found in my bag of mussels I steamed ) Lovely meal and bonus treasure : )
Vintage Flowers
Old Book Cover Binding

~ Acrylic Paints , Inks & ReInkers ~

Molding Paste - Modeling - Pasta Moldeado 
Glazing Medium
Gold Leaf Pen

Submitting my mixed media collage painting ~ "Cottage By the Sea ", to Paint Party Friday
Leaving you now with this beautiful song….Starry Starry Night  by Don Mclean

Thanks to wysty67 for uploading this video

Until Later,


Fuzzie Fingers said...

Wow!Lots of lovely textures going on there. Happy PPF

Valerie-Jael said...

Great work, love all the textures and colours. Hugs, Valerie

Kristin Dudish said...

Wow - such fantastic textures! I don't usually have a problem when I use beeswax over paint mixed with glazing medium (although, if the layer is really thin, the beeswax can sort of pull up the color & swish it around a bit)... Also, I would be careful when applying it on/around the really textured parts because it can pool up in the crevices and become milky (Hope that helps.)
I sometimes listen to music, or I sometimes listen to audio books when I'm painting...

Thank you for celebrating this special day with us!


Karla said...

What a beautiful painting! I love the depth and texture. :)

Happy PPF!

Zafaran Art and Words Zone said...

Lovely painting with so much of texture!

Netty said...

wow your mixed media piece is wonderful, so touchable. Happy PPF, Annette x


Linda said...

oh my, I love the deep colors and rich textures and imagery of this painting!! Happy PPF!

Studio Kaufmann said...

I really liked the 3-dimensionality of this picture. It is very tactile and wonderfully captures the feeling of sand and sea. Happy PPF

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Annabelle lots of beautiful texture and wonderful color. I do sometimes listen to music. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog. I always look forward to your posts. Have a great weekend..

Paper rainbow said...

Starry Night is a big favourite of mine!!!! :)
Thank you so much for your comment, I am so flattered to have inspired you! There is a multitude of textured wonder here, I love that effect you have made with the lace, it makes a perfect sea. I don't use beeswax over paint glazes so am not sure how it will react, perhaps you could experiment on a small glazed painted test piece first? I listen to all-sorts while creating. At the moment I am listening to an adaptation of pride and prejudice made for radio. :) Have a lovely weekend x

Victoria said...

Wow..so magnificent ! There is such intensity and strength in the many beautiful textures throughout..how spectacular..and the colors..deep and mysterious! Such a gorgeous vision come to life...amazing my friend! Always a treat to visit you and your enchanting world!

Carola Bartz said...

Annabelle, your piece is amazing!! I love the texture, the color, all the little things that are to discover here. This is incredibly beautiful!!

I often listen to music when creating, mainly New Age or meditative music. I love "Vincent" by Don McLean, one of my all time favorite songs ever.

Lynn Cohen said...

I love the texture the netting gives, as do lots of brush strokes, wonderful color and scene!

kat said...

Annabelle your work is very beautiful and deep, full of atmosphere I love it! I too love to listen to music when painting, I believe it soothes and relaxes and goes hand in hand with the process.

Abigail Davidson said...

Wow, what a beautiful mixed media piece! Lovely texture. Thank you for following me on Pinterest! Followed back as well. Happy PPF!

Carol said...

AMAZING!!!!!! Love all of the textures and the colors are so rich ♥ I love "Starry Night" ...music is a great inspiration for my art... It shows up often in my work.

craftytrog said...

I love your beautiful mixed media painting Annabelle, the colours & textures are amazing!
Thank you for that lovely song...one of my favourites, & for the wonderful comment on my blog.
Happy PPF!
Alison xxx

Gillena Cox said...

That's a lot of work, thanks for sharing, have a good weekend

Happy you dropped in at my blog

Much love...

Saskia said...

So beautiful and creative! Lovely work!!!

Smiles, Saskia :)

Tam Hess said...

Happy Paint Party Friday! You are so creative...Thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of the weekend!! Tam

Lynn Richards said...

Listening to music is one of my go-to's for painting. It definitely has influence!

Anne Butera said...

You did a wonderful job with this! Love all the colors and textures!

Happy painting!

bella lullo said...

Un dipinto meraviglioso!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... this creation is amazing, Annabelle. I love the beautiful textures and colors. Totally fantastic! <3

Danielle M said...

love the texture!!!

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