Since last I posted, I have returned from my extended reconnaissance mission to New Orleans. My life has been about un-packing, organizing, cleaning, entertaining for the holidays and some important birthdays including my grandson, Robbie and my daughter, Sarah, so I'll need to back-peddle, just a bit.
While I was in New Orleans (NOLA), I developed a style of painting on tiny canvases made of fringed, Belgian linen. I acquired a license to sell art on Jackson Square where I hung my little pieces along with some of my larger art on canvas. My "Baby" abstracts were pretty well received and I loved painting them!
|Baby Abstracts by Bettina Makley|
I also used these, little canvases for illustration-style paintings, which often evolved, spontaneously, from the abstracts. The paintings below are mixed media pieces. Created in layers, I would start with loose color, add the black and white, paper texture as a second layer, then add a detailed painting on top of that. I always used the same paper, to keep the style consistent. After that, it was anything goes.
I still, very much, enjoy working in this smaller scale. For my children's birthdays, I painted their Zodiac signs.
OK, now I have the urge to paint! See? Spread too thin. I need to spread some paint around.