About three years ago, one of my art teachers from high school passed away after a battle with cancer. In the spirit of making something good come out of something sad (she would’ve appreciated that), a few of her former students organized an art auction in her name. The auction was a lot of fun and a wonderful success. The money raised went to help out students from my high school with their art educations. And this year, it’s happening again.
I have a canvas with a background pattern I really like, but it was going nowhere. I would pretty much just stare at it and try to figure out what it should be. I finally stopped over-thinking it and just dove in. I added lots of wonderful blues, purples and silver along with scraps of paper that just seemed to fit. And because I can’t leave something without a pop of color, I decided to add some pink and yellow flowers. To make it a bit more interesting, all the flower petals are curled just a touch so once I attach them to the canvas, they will be low relief.
While the flowers are pretty much fantasy flowers, they are based on plumeria. I used my new hot pink pencil from ArtSnacks along with yellow and red pencils and watercolors. After everything dried really well, I mixed some matte medium with iridescent medium and added a layer of that all over the petals. Now they have been glued together and are drying again. The last step before attaching them to the canvas will be a quick swipe of yellow paint on the backs of the petals since they will be a tiny bit visible. Once they are on the canvas, I will just have to make a few final decisions on if any more embellishment is needed. So we will see what happens from here…I love a good auction!