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Fossils

imprintsallmixed media extravaganza on 4X4″ canvases

Oh how I love to experiment!  So I’ve been indulging myself lately.  In particular, trying out my acrylic mediums in new ways, inspired by, at the moment, Lisa Cyr, mixed media artist/teacher whose on line course, “Within the Layers:  Inspirational Mixed Media Techniques” I’m taking through Artistsnetworkuniversity.com  Lisa is the author of two books, Art Revolution and Experimental Painting.

Above are some beginnings on small canvases which give me a chance to try out ideas without spending a lot of time on each one. I’m going for a kind of antique patina and organic feel, maybe even buried treasure reclaimed by the earth and time.

imprint1handmade stamp debossed into wet texture paste, dried and glazed with acrylics

I love the fossil-y look created here with a bit of decalcomanie to add interest.

imprints3same process as above

The above two pieces were developed with further glazes after the initial ones in the first picture.  I felt like an archeologist uncovering treasured remains!

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11 Responses to “Fossils”


  1. 2 SusanJane
    January 28, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Really dark and moody but oh so cool! I can see why they feel like fossils. You close up is so wet and juicy, but further away looks more dried. How does this book compare to “Acrylic Revolution”?

    • January 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Acrylic Revolution features different mixed media artists whereas Experimental Painting is about Lisa Cyr’s work with some step by step demos and overviews of approaches taken by contemporary mixed media artists. She is very much an illustrator so many of the techniques are driven by that.

  2. January 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

    whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your posts.

    Keep up the great work! You know, a lot of people are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly.

  3. 6 Volya Baziuk
    January 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for the information about the course you are taking. I have been looking for courses like this for quite some time but they have eluded me.

    Your art is beautiful and I love your newsletter. Thanks again!!

    Volya Moskin volya.moskin@gmail.com

  4. May 31, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Susan, check out the photos taken from space by the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield whihc has just returned from five months at the space station. I thought of your fossil paintings, and think you will enjoy his images.


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In conversations with the Muse I mix paint with vision, collage with story, word with meditation and prayer. And out of the mixture comes a release of energy and healing and a lightening of the load of everyday living. You'll find most of it here, where I've been showing up for the past few years, along with collectible paintings, travel sketchbooks, figure studies and an invitation to join me in art play and discovery!

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