Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Art That Represents Your Country


Meet "Happy Little Vegemite - the Keeper of the Buttons". How did Vegie (for short) come about, I hear you ask. The challenge issued by Redlan, who is the guest host over at Mixed Media Monday this week, was to make a piece of art that in some way represents your country. I was pondering all the different things that are very Australian, vegemite amongst them, when the jingle for their advertising kept running through my head. "We're happy little vegemites, as bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our vegemite for breakfast lunch and tea. Our mothers say we're growing stronger every single week, because we love our vegemite, we all enjoy our vegemite - it puts a rose in every cheek". So I was inspired to create a bright little Vegemite, with rosy cheeks, LOL. At first I thought of a captured fairy in a vegemite jar, but the idea of captured fairies seems rather sad to me. So I decided to use the jar for storing buttons, and gave Vegie the job of looking after them.

Vegie is completely needle felted, apart from her acetate wings and the ring of little roses in her hair. She is holding a flower shaped button. A little bit of nonsense for this week's challenge, but a fun change from all the painting I've been doing lately. It was a very opportune time for this challenge for me, because today (Monday, 26th January) is Australia Day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mixed Media Monday = Primary & Secondary Colours

The new challenge on Mixed Media Monday is hosted by Beth, who has chosen "primary and secondary colours". I'm still practising my faces, so I painted this little canvas board, which is 4 x 4 inches or 10.2 x 10.2 cms. There are, of course both primary and secondary colours in the painting, so it fits the challenge. This little painting is now on it's way to a friend who is having a bit of a rough time at the moment.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Friendship

Over on Mixed Media Monday I chose the theme of friendship for this week's challenge. I decided to give faces another try, and I also wanted to try painting over the top of my painted and layered backgrounds. This is the result. I'm looking forward to the time (if ever) when the faces become more second nature to me - the backgrounds are starting to become that way.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Moon/Lunar

It's a little scary uploading the first face I've ever painted to my blog, but since it's something I'd like to do in 2009, I have to start somewhere. I took the opportunity and added the moon and stars in the background so that it would sit with the theme of moon/lunar on Mixed Media Monday this week (I'm so over committed at the moment, I need to kill as many birds with one stone as possible). The piece is done on a canvas board 5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm) is done mainly in acrylics, with a little pencil, wax crayon and charcoal thrown in.