Friday, March 14, 2014

Cottage By the Sea

Mixed Media Collage Painting ~ Cottage By the Sea

Sorry for the bad the pictures. ……Will try later to see if I can get a better image of the entire painting .

I have been meaning to do a mixed media collage painting for some time now. After much acquired inspiration from artists like Carolyn Saxby, Louise O'Hara, Morag, Marji , Linda K and Serena Barton and visiting numerous artists on Youtube I was armed with enough knowledge to tackle the painting….."Cottage By the Sea".

I first started out painting the background , the mountains and cove and applied the cottage painting I had from before. I then added the Old Lace (dyed with coffee) for the sun, sea stars and the birds (Swallows) which I tried to emulate a "murmuration of swallows" but it didn't turn out exactly how I had envisioned them to be; oh well, next time. The waves were also done with Medical Gauze as well as with the Old Lace.
The mountainous hilly range, the sandy beach, the cove and the sun were built with modelling paste . Once the paste dried, I painted what was left uncoloured with acrylics, inks and reInkers.
Finally, adding a smidgen of gold leaf to the sun, mountains and horizon line, sea stars, netted waves, water, cottage windows and cove worked fine in creating the setting sun's glitter upon the landscape below…...Just love the gold leaf pen! And another tool which also came in handy was my heat gun. It worked beautifully in creating depth and dimension in the hilly terrain and sandy beach.

So now I think I would like to add to the painting a film of bees wax but not sure if I can depending on what I have underneath which is glazing liquid and if that's okay, will have to read up on that or maybe some of you might know; love to hear from you if you do.
 Of course there are many things that could be better with this work like shadows and light , the waves and the sky, the murmur of birds, etc etc etc but as a whole, I'm happy with this painting.
 I can't wait to work on another MMCP and explore the multitude of college elements, so much fun!!!

* Side Note…Do you paint while listening to music and if you do , do you somehow find it influences your brush??? Or even after listening to a song?

While nearing the completion of my painting and after listening to "Starry Starry Night" I tripled the width of the horizon line into a mountainous range and didn't realize it after I read the lyrics to the song. I also found the sea stars and sun and the cottage gave thought to Vincent's work : ) I suppose I really do love his work!

Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosphy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.


~ Materials used  ~

Canvas Board
Old Lace ~ Sun, SeaStars, Waves,Netting, Swallows, 
Medical Gauze Material
Baby Mussel Shells ( found in my bag of mussels I steamed ) Lovely meal and bonus treasure : )
Vintage Flowers
Old Book Cover Binding

~ Acrylic Paints , Inks & ReInkers ~

Molding Paste - Modeling - Pasta Moldeado
Glazing Medium
Gold Leaf Pen

Submitting my mixed media collage painting ~ "Cottage By the Sea ", to Paint Party Friday
Leaving you now with this beautiful song….Starry Starry Night  by Don Mclean

Thanks to wysty67 for uploading this video

Until Later,


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Beautiful! I just love all the textural elements you have incorporated into your landscape. I almost always listen to music when working in my studio, and listen to a wide genre of music styles. I've never noticed a specific influence, but I do know my artwork varies in style with my moods just like the choice of music I listen too. Blessings!

Christine said...

texture romance...this is what I get from this lovely piece!

Faye said...

My oh my, this is one spectacular mixed media collage! Love the beautiful blues and the textures. Wow! How perfectly wonderful!

denthe said...

It's really interesting to read how you progressed with this painting. Love all the texture and it has a certain glow that seems to come from within. great work!

Leovi said...

I like this composition with interesting reliefs! Beautiful painting - collage!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

This is wonderful!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Leovi said...

I love it, I would like to see it in reality!

Sandee Setliff said...

I love your cottage by the sea, it's gorgeous, and you did such a great job with all the texturing! A beautiful piece! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Aga Gasiniak said...

lovely composition, colours and texture! Lovely piece! Thank you for sharing

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

So wonderful, dear Annabelle! I love your sea painting collage with this amazing colors and the house in the back. For me just perfect!
Greetings from Erika

Sometimes a haunting melody can make quiet an impression ~^..^~
Thanks to Vic Mizzy for creating such unforgettable soundtracks and to Hollis Kim for sharing this fab rendition of the Haunted Organ from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken ….will always luv listening to it, no matter the time of year but especially great in the month of October


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