An Artist’s Process
Work in Progress
But of course it isn’t magic; most likely the artist’s process involved many hours of hard work and even struggle, which included more than a bit of trial and error. Mixed media art in particular can be this way, because there’s frequently no established method to follow. We just have to make it up ourselves as we go along. Making mistakes, and repeatedly backing up to try another possible solution is part of the problem-solving process that characterizes mixed media art.
At first, I thought I might use this luna moth (above). I painted it on acetate, so that it would be translucent. But when I tried it out, I wasn’t happy with the result. It was beautiful, but seemed like just too much when juxtaposed with the rest of the composition. I’m sorry I didn’t photograph it at this stage, but hopefully the photo below will give you some idea.
A New Idea
Since the large wings seemed to overpower the composition, I thought something small might do the trick – a chrysalis. Here are a few iterations I made and tried out. (Again, I didn’t photograph these at the time, so I apologize for having to cover up the finished version.)
Try, Try Again
Finally, here is the solution I came up with:
Analogy III, monotype with mixed media on Rives BFK paper, 15 x 11 inches
Like the other works in the Analogies series, it is a monotype (monoprint) with added media, which may include colored pencil, crayons, or ink. They also contain collage elements, usually in the form of vintage map parts.