Thursday, October 4, 2012

All That Glitters

This is my latest piece, Too Many Romance Novels #2, 25" x 14" mixed media on shaped canvas. Lots of gold leaf which I love along with image transfers, collage, stencils and numerous surface techniques.

 I have spent quite a bit of time in Venice and what city is more romantic except Paris. Winter in Venice is like a Gothic novel with the damp mist clouding every twisting walkway and taking us back to a different time. The story? How often we are entranced by the glimmer of the surface that we forget to look beneath the obvious only to miss seeing what other alternative may befall us.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mixed Media Revolution




 
Darlene and I have just finished the final edits for our third book, Mixed Media Revolution. It is available for pre-ordering on Amazon, and it will be out by the end of November. This book is packed with ways to reuse your art elements, how to work with scale and composition and hundreds of ideas and images to get you started creating.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fun with Plex

Darlene Olivia McElroy, mixed media art on plexiglas
Years ago I did a series of pieces on plex and loved it but forgot about it as I moved on to something else. An artist friend scored dozens of odd shaped pieces of plex from a framer and passed them on to me. I had forgotten the joy of it's luminosity and the gorgeous depth you get.

This piece is Road Show Star and is 16" x 7" on plex with a wood backing. It has everything on it — gold leaf, water slide decals, stenciling, stamping and collage on both sides. Yum.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Combining Techniques

Calculating Infinity by Sandra Duran Wilson


I use panels to demonstrate techniques when I am teaching, and I often just keep working on top of demos that came before. This finished painting is an example of how to keep working and have no fear to cover things up. I have used collage, acrylic pours, crackle textures, silk tissue and other techniques all on top of metal leaf. This gives your work incredible depth and an interesting history. I will be teaching these techniques in AZ at Art Unraveled August 4-6. Please join me for some fun filled workshops. I am teaching three different classes on crackle techniques, plaster and alternative surfaces.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Let's Get Plastered

Reflections 8x8 sold


This painting is made using venetian plaster on board. I will be teaching this class in Scottsdale, AZ on Tuesday August 7th. at  Art Unraveled. We create multiple layers of plaster and paint and scrape to remove top layers. You get the look of old fresco paintings. I will even show you transfer techniques and how to create elements that may be fused together with heat.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gel Transfers on YouTube

I just checked the views for my video on Gel Transfers on YouTube and it is over 166,000! Wow, was I surprised. This is still one of my favorite transfer technique and have done them up to 24" x 36". Larger than that and I think I would need another set of hands. Enjoy

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Image Transfers & Roll Top Desks

This 26.5" x 26.5" piece, (h)ombre, is painted on the back of the top of a roll top desk hence all those great lines. I found it at a Habitat for Humanity store and when I flipped it over to see the back side I was floored by the beauty. It was very hard to make that first mark on it so I ended up having to restrain my natural urge to add more.