"Golden Dawn" textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson, © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Golden Dawn" 6x12 abstract landscape by Carol Nelson





This painting was a demo for my recent workshop in Louisville, CO.  The board was heavily textured with modeling compound, then allowed to thoroughly dry for 2 days.  By the third day, the class was ready to pour mixed acrylic paints over their textured surfaces.

I have to say this is a very relaxing process because you have to WAIT and allow the colors to find their way through the texture and mingle together.  In a workshop setting, it is advisable to have another painting to work on simultaneously rather than just sit there watching paint mix.

The "sun" in this case was made from modeling clay into which I embossed a pattern.  I've decided that buying a block of air dry modeling clay is a lot less hassle than making my own cold porcelain, which is very messy.  At least is was messy for me because I ended up with corn starch all over my kitchen.

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"Dreamscape" mixed media abstract collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art


"Dreamscape" 24x6 mixed media abstract painting by Carol Nelson
detail


This mixed media piece has tyvek, clear glass blobs, black pebbles, and other collage materials.

After the photo was taken, I added clear epoxy resin in the areas with the pebbles and the tyvek.  The resin enhances the depth of color, and also secures these items to the surface of the canvas.

It's difficult to photograph a resin piece because of the glare from the lighting, but it looks fabulous (you'll have to trust me on that.)

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"Color Study 2" contemporary abstract acrylic painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Color Study 2" 10x8 acrylic abstract by Carol Nelson

My first Color Study was mostly analogous colors (touching each other on the color wheel).  I planned to do this study in warm tones, but somehow that turquoise crept in.

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"Color Study 1" acrylic abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

Color Study 1, 10x8 acrylic abstract by Carol Nelson

Every artist should do color and composition studies.  Using water color paper and my Golden Fluid Acrylics, the set up is easy, and a study like this can be completed in less than an hour.

I find in my classes that many artists don't allow themselves play time - time spent in your studio just messing around with your paints.  How else are you going to know what happens when you mix dioxizine purple and pyrrole orange in varying proportions?

If it doesn't turn out to be something you want to frame, no worries - you then have some great collage paper!  Sometimes you will hit the artistic jackpot and your study will be the basis for a larger painting.

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"One of a Kind", mixed media abstract collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art


"One of a Kind" 24x6 by Carol Nelson


I took a pile of odds 'n ends papers, foils, and burlap and put them all in a pile on one end of an elongated canvas.  Then I added some color spots around the pile, and finished it off with a leaf I had made out of cold porcelain.

Look up "cold porcelain" on Youtube for various videos and recipes.  It seems easy to make, but I have tried it twice and gotten variable results.  Think I'll try polymer clay because I don't need a lot  to make a few leaves and things.

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"Make a Wish" mixed media abstract paitning © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Make a Wish" 10x4 inch abstract by Carol Nelson







This is another demo piece I did for students in my studio class.
The center section is actually one of my foam plate abstracts, but when I added it to the textured substrate board, it looked like a tree to me.

I did a controlled resin pour on the center, so it is shiny and has wonderful depth of colors.  The upper and lower sections are textured with a matte finish.

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"Balancing Act" mixed media abstract collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Balancing Act" 5x10 by Carol Nelson


This was a demo piece for two students taking semi-private instruction in my Colorado studio.  It illustrates the use of mirror paper, glitter paper, metallic tape, and combusted origami foil.  It also has rusted corrugated paper.

Of course, it's in my favorite earth tone palette with plenty of shine and sparkle.  This is a very fun piece, and I just wish the camera could capture the shiny elements better.

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"4 O'Clock on Rock Candy Mountain" textured abstract landscape © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"4 O'Clock on Rock Candy Mountain", 8x8, by Carol Nelson









This is a demo painting I did for some students in my studio.  The cool thing about this painting is the substrate.  It's a burlap canvas panel I found at Hobby Lobby.

I've never seen panels like that before.  Since I'm all about texture, the burlap panel is right up my alley.  To contrast with all that matte texture, I used embossed foil for the "sun."  The shine doesn't show in the photo very well, but looks great in person.

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"Industrial Chic" mixed media abstract painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Industrial Chic" 24x24 mixed media by Carol Nelson

This is one of my early attempts at mixed media.  I was shocked and delighted when it was included in the FAV 15% for the July Bold Brush Painting competition sponsored by Fine Art Studios Online.

This painting was purchased by the City of Aurora, CO for their permanent collection, but you can still have your own version.

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reproductions.

"Sunny Day" mixed media tree collage painting © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Sunny Day" 5x7 mixed media on panel
I did this tree demo for some students studying with me privately in my studio here in Colorado.  Students love doing these tree collages, and, happily, most are successful in creating a great painting.

The unusual thing about this one, is that I based it on a Hansa Yellow Medium under painting.  I hardly ever use Hansa Yellow by itself unless I'm painting daffodils - it's just SO BRIGHT.  It's also somewhat opaque.

My favorite yellow is made by thinning Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.  (I'm referring to Golden Fluid Acrylics here.)  The Nickel Azo yellow is much warmer and just works better for me most of the time.

Being a primary yellow, it is very bright and cheerful, and who doesn't want bright and cheerful these days?

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