As an artist, I’ve always been somewhat of a creative schizophrenic…or maybe the proper term is artistic multi-personality?? Anyway, I work with a wide variety of media…started with pencil and charcoal drawings, moved to oils and acrylics, branched to photography and pen & ink with watercolors, finally digital art and collage…and now they’re all kind of merging together in a mixed media frenzy (like the tie in to the blog title??)
In this day and age of things going by so quickly & fads coming and going in seconds…and of me striving to earn a full time living as a freelance artist… I’ve found that having this wide selection of modes to work with can come in handy although I also admit that it can get a bit distracting. So I have to find ways to achieve balance and focus. Also, being diverse helps when earning income as I can translate my artwork to t-shirts, greeting cards, reproduction prints, jewelry, etc., which offers options for collectors and clients in a varied price range, making my art more accessible to more people!
Lately, my personal artwork has leaned much more to mixed media, especially combining collage, either digital or hand-cut, with photography or watercolors. This allows me to use several of my preferred media all at once and create a new look while expressing my cohesive themes. I really love utilizing (c)-free Victorian woodcut imagery, as I’ve always loved this era, and combining this element with my painting or photography work adds a vintage feel to modern pieces. Here’s my latest creation, “Reminisce”.
And, while creating fine artwork to submit to exhibits and galleries, I also continue working on my commercial art; in honor of my favorite up-coming holiday of Halloween, I’m having a pre-All Hallow’s T-shirt sale! Anyone who orders TWO or MORE T-shirts will get 20% off! Prices go from $20-$37 each, which includes s/h! Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton, come in white, gray or black, short or long sleeve, women’s cut in white, all sizes, including kids thru XXL! Price depends on size, color & shirt type. PAYPAL accepted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Here are a few samples…more can be seen on http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com
OK, promo portion of this blog is over…but it serves as an example of various ways to use your artwork to reach many types of people!
So, that’s just a small sampling of how I’ve incorporated my obsession with mixed media into my fine art and commercial work. Feel free to post any questions about this post or comments about how you use mixed media in your creative endeavors. Thanks for reading!!