"Tidal Treasures" 11x14" Mixed Media
© 2011 Barbara Blair
Here's the first of my "jeweled" mixed media paintings. "Tidal Treasures" features semi-precious rose quartz crystal chips, pearl seed beads, pieces of sea shells, beach stones, sand and paper. It is also embellished with gold and irridescent paints. The effect is organic, rich, shimmery and textural.
These mixed media paintings are quite a departure from my regular acrylic paintings. As the style is more abstract, I was hoping that they would be looser in application and therefore faster to complete, but not so. I can't seem to get away from my natural tendency to do detailed work. The placement of the stones, sand and gems was fairly time consuming, and the tiny seed beads were especially challenging, since the glue is milky when wet (but dries clear) making it difficult to see what I'm doing.
However, I am pleased with the overall effect, and it was well worth the effort. I have several more images in my head that have yet to materialize on canvas!
You can see more information about this painting here.
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