Thursday, January 22, 2009

Immaculate Heart of Mary


12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas, paper clay, acrylic paint
vintage mass card

Niche
–noun
1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually
semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other
decorative object.

I have always had a great interest in ornate and
decorative, religious art. I started this canvas a few
months ago painted with a black gesso base. I knew
I wanted to create a 'niche' and heavily texture, age
and patina the canvas. I created the canvas texture
with molding paste, acrylic paint and rubber stamps.
I had struggled with the texture and color for some time.
I wanted the niche to be made from Paperclay. Finding
the right consistency for the paperclay to adhere to the
canvas was no easy feat.

I am not a quitter, and I won't go down easy. I fought
with the paperclay and gel medium until I found the
right consistency to create the 'niche' I envisioned.
I wanted it to be ornate and look like metal.

The image of Immaculate Heart of Mary is a vintage
mass card I had collected which I enlarged on the printer
and used as an image transfer onto the canvas.

This painting was an experiment. I am happy with
what I have learned.

Now I'm off to Lake Tahoe, CA Heavenly for some
much needed R & R and a romp in the snow.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

See you soon. My other blog "The Way I See It"

52 comments:

Tami B. said...

Have a wonderful time in Tahoe. I find it a very peaceful place and it has filled my reserves more than once. Love all the texture you got in this piece. Glad you didn't give up. It's amazing.

Anonymous said...

WOW Andrea this is STUNNING! The texture is so yummy! I love the frame. I have been thinking of trying one out of plaster???

Have a wonderful time in Tahoe- enjoy the snow! We are heading in below zero weather again- do will have to wait to do more on the snow fort! SMILE!

xoxox

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Seriously cool. I love the background colour and technique. Very yummy and touchable! Your whole colour scheme and the niche is perfect!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Seriously cool. I love the background colour and technique. Very yummy and touchable! Your whole colour scheme and the niche is perfect!

John said...

amazing

Corinne said...

Hi there,
I love religious art and I love what you've done.
~Corinne

Sanja said...

fabulos canvas!

John said...

Andrea, whatever you do, do not go fishing in Lake Tahoe with Freddy Corleone!!!

Holy Mary! Am I too late?

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