I have been attracted to and interested in mixed media art for a few years now. I often go to Barnes and Noble and flip through Somerset Studio magazines on artist studios and artful blogging and fantasize that I could be an artist too. I have a friend who is a painter and mixed media artist and I admire her and her work. She blessed me with the gift of spending some time with her in her studio one day and I was totally inspired to give art a chance. I have always loved decoupage and paint, so delving into the world of mixed media is perfect for me. I absolutely love patterned paper. I love to use these papers in collage form....ripping them and gluing them to wood or canvas. I love adding paint and a sense of texture with stamps or stencils.
I have to say though, that this new venture into art is a little scary to me. I tend to get down on myself, using excuses such as, "I am not a painter," or "I can't draw figures and faces", or "I am too much of a perfectionist to be an artist". But I have decided to be brave, to explore, to play, to tap into my inner artist. I am really excited about it! I find that when I am in my creative space, listening to music, and beginning a project, I am elated, happy, satisfied. So in the spirit of being brave, I am posting a few pictures of two recent projects. I hope I will have more to come.