I spent a very enjoyable week in the summer at Oxford college learning all about how to make Mixed Media Panels. Our tutor was the ever patient and completely inspiring Graham Woodall; have a look at his website to see some of his work: http://www.grahamwoodall.com/ . This course took me completely out of my comfort zone, which actually made it all the more enjoyable, I had initially tried to book a course in Chinese brush strokes but in hindsight am so pleased that course was full and that I was forced into a new area.
The prior-course information was to take with us cardboard, interesting plastic shapes, recycling materials and bits of wood! It was so interesting to see what our assortment of strange items actually developed into and how different all our projects turned out. Also must quickly mention my fellow class members, a large number who had completed a 6 year part time Fine Arts degree course, true dedication. Not to tell you their ages but they weren’t youngsters, so proves it is never to late to follow your dreams, they impressed me no end.
OK back to the mixed media panels, have to say I am now totally addicted to this new style, felt like a child again sticking, painting and creating with abandon. So refreshing to work in a free spontaneous way, I think I will now use these techniques to “relax” from my usual detailed and time-consuming pencil studies.
Now I am back in Kuwait and completely inspired, below is the start of a new project at the drying stage. At the moment I know it doesn’t look like much but when the dry brushing is done it suddenly comes to life. My aim is to put in a black frame and give it a contemporary feel, well that is the idea, we will see what actually happens.
Below is a close up of a section to give an idea of how it looks once the dry brushing is done, as you can see it changes completely, I love this stage.
Here is a photograph of it in the frame, I cut out and painted the mount so that it fitted with the style of the piece. Normally they actually are shown as panels (not framed) but artistic licence means everything is possible!