Thursday, December 9, 2010
Above Final...the Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem...to give the new born King GIFTS....Matthew 2 Below without any drawing added ....then, above drew what I began to see...click to enlarge for details....this is a fun way to paint! No plan, just play!!! A surprise Christmas card called "THE GIFT", developed from this "found" story in the randomly painted cereal box cut out section. I have several pieces of art now that are all on saved cardboard from cereal boxes ... why cereal boxes? They are free, very pliable when gessoed on the grey side and I am not intimidated when I paint on them like I am when I watercolor on my expensive Arches paper! I flatten the cereal box, cut them to size of the biggest flat part and gesso them. Then I have a stack of them waiting for my playtime in the studio where I drip or smear on acrylic paint and spread it around or layer it with a brush or knife until I am happy with it. This one ... I was "happy" with the results .... and especially happy that I stopped where I did and didn't "over finish" it ....(makes me think of how Christ is never finished with us ... we are a work in progress...) I printed it on 5x7 vellum, cut them to go on top of my card stock, off white was best, and to fit inside my 5x7 Dark Green envelopes I got on sale last year ... then printed the before and after on the back of the card with a Christmas story ....(you can read about the Magi, or three Wisemen in Matthew 2)... then my sweet husband writes and sends all the Christmas cards for me! ... anyway ... it is our Christmas card for 2010.... the kids were reading Luke chapter 1 and 2 last week and I wonder if what you read comes through onto your art .... if maybe it is on your heart? Enjoy!!