Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's Saturday! Time to Showoff: October 15, 2016

It's #ShowOffSaturday over at one of my favorite Facebook groups, The Artist Entrepreneur hosted by the lovely Catherine Orer, Coach Extraordinaire.

Again this week I am sharing one of my paintings from my October series where I am celebrating autumn with abstracts - this is abstract 10.3 (yes, I skipped one, I am still struggling with 10.2).

You can see my process in the photos below -

Step 1                                             Step 2                                                     Step 3
(1) I started with a 20" x 20" canvas where I had applied a base of black gesso. I then sketched an abstract design with chalk. (2) Working with my chosen color palette of autumn hues I worked out a plan.  (3) I began building my layers with stamped images and collaged sewing pattern tissue and torn pieces of newspaper.

Step 4
(4) Filling in base color. I used several products to build layers of color - acrylic paint, markers, gelatos and Neo-Color II crayons.

My most used tools on this painting - Acrylic glaze (used to add transparency to paints) and a scrubby paint brush (older brush that I cut down)

Steps 5                                       Step 6                                      Closeup
 (5) I created a few flower outlines with my chalk. (6) Using my scrubby brush and acrylic paints mixed with the acrylic glaze I filled in the petals of the flowers, still allowing the bottom layers to come through.

After many, many hours of adding layers I have landed here.

20 x 20 Mixed Media on Canvas
FOR SALE - Inquire via email

Here are a few close ups (I love close ups, it's where you get to see all the yumminess!)

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Get your own 5"x7" print of a close up image with
  added quote by John Donne,

"No spring nor summer's
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As I have seen in
one Autumnal face."

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Suitable for framing. The watermark will not appear on your print. Other sizes and formats available. Offer expires 10/31/2016.

But I'm not sure it's finished. I may keep adding to it -  after all, you can NEVER have too many layers.

Shhhh - if you've read this far, thank you! Your reward? Leave a comment below and be entered to win a set of note cards with close up images taken from this painting.Winner selected on October 21, 2016.


Kathy E. said...

Sure glad I read to the end! I totally agree that there's no such thing as too many layers. The same goes for living in the Midwest during the winter!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful and inspiring. Great work .

Shelley Graham Turner said...

lol... glad you read to the end too Kathy!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thank you! I see you posted as anonymous.. if you'd still like to be entered in the giveaway you can email me at

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