Monday, November 11, 2013

Coyote and Crow

Coyote and Crow
In October 2012 my partner and I made a 7,000 mile journey throughout the southwest.  While in New Mexico we experienced some of the most beautiful countryside of our trip.  The background of Coyote and Crow is the landscape to the west of Taos between the mountains and the Rio Grande River.  The land looks flat but it is anything but.  There are gullies and a gradual slope to the land as you head out of the mountains heading east where you encounter more mountains near Taos. 

With that said, upon our return home, I discovered the art of Holly Roberts.... http://hollyrobertsonepaintingatatime.blogspot.co.uk/ .  Holly lives in New Mexico and collages using her own photographs.  The writing that accompanies each piece that she uploads to her blog is about life that she has experienced mostly in New Mexico.  Holly's tales of life captivate me each week. (I like her politics as well.)

I love how Holly uses poured acrylic paint so effectively in her mixed-media pieces.  For months I have been trying to master this poured paint technique.  Last week thanks to Jane Davies and a reminder on her blog about a book, Rethinking Acrylic by Patti Brady, I discovered how to pour acrylic paint effectively.  It is difficult to see in the scan of Coyote and Crow, but I used fluid matte medium and transparent acrylic paint which allows much of the background to be seen through the paint.  A big thank you to both Holly and Jane for the inspiration for this piece.  Holly has a wonderful coyote piece which you may view at.... http://hollyrobertsonepaintingatatime.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/coyote-with-thistles-2012.html


Cate Rose said...

This piece is fab, John! Thanks for sharing Holly's blog -- her work is very unusual. Sending a p/c off to you tomorrow. Have a great day.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Love this piece as well as the story it tells. Thanks so much for sharing Holly's work. It is astounding.

Michele R. Unger said...

I can't wait to hear you explain exactly how you poured the paint when we have our "monthly meeting" next week.

tgarrett said...

Wonderful spread- love the pouring technique- I have that book about acrylic. I ust got back and look. The background and the poured paint is so terrific.

irene said...

Now I'm itching to find out about this pour method. Another technique to add to my list of experiments to do on my break. Can't wait. This piece is fabulous.