As previously mentioned, one of the things I got from the cruise was the desire to get back to doing something creative. I say get back to because I have at various times devoted myself, in a haphazard way, to writing and painting. And I do have a writing project, but it's not fun and I want to do something creative and enjoyable. I decided to try mixed-media--which I think suits me. Over the past week I've worked on three pieces. I've found the process absorbing, and yes, enjoyable. In fact I think I could really get into this. Here are my beginner pieces. (See how I trust you?)
This one is on 12' x 16" canvas board. I used watercolors, old prints, a postcard written in 1909, a page from a very old and tattered gardening book, a couple of floral prints, a paint color strip, assorted bits of paper and washi tape. You can click on the pictures for a closer look.
The next two are very simple.
This one is on a 5" x 7" canvas. I used watercolors, acrylics, and part of a poem by Lord Byron called Solitude.
This one is on canvas board. First I painted it with acrylics. Then I affixed an old postcard with washi tape. I like the contrast of the burgundy tape with all the blues and greens, but I'm not satisfied with how it looks. I need to find a better way to frame the postcard. Edited to add: In the Comments section Anne had the brilliant idea of using paper corners from photo albums to attach the postcard to the canvas. I am going to try that, and I've also decided that this piece isn't finished. I'm going to continue working on it.
The postcard has the most poetic caption: Reef of Norman's Woe, Gloucester Mass. Gloucester is a fishing town--the boats in A Perfect Storm left from there. The Reef of Norman's Woe evokes tragedy. Who was Norman? And isn't woe a wonderful word?