I thought I would post some of the art projects I have done so far this year. I love creating with texture in the project whether it be a rustic wood surface or dimensional texture. I found a guy in Yellow Springs that had some old barn siding from a barn he had torn down and we brought a load of boards home for me to use. I gave them a scrubbing with soapy water and a scrub brush to get some of the dirt off. I left them in the sun to dry and then gave them a light sanding to smooth the surface for painting.
The art challenge for this piece was to convey smell. I thought of Hawaii and the wonderful smells of the flowers, the pineapple, mangoes and coconut. The damp earth after a rain in the jungle, the smell of the ocean as we walked along the beach. This miniature portrayal of a waterfall in Hawaii with the Hibiscus and fern helps me capture those memories and smells.
I wanted to give paint pouring a try and this was my first attempt. I used a straw to do blowing from the center outward and embellished the center of the poppy with beads. It was a lot of fun but just very messy and I felt like I was wasting a lot of paint on my other attempts that didn't turn out so great! I might give it another try sometime in the future.
I hope you enjoy my texture projects!