Mixed media Asian abstract, "Kimono", by Colorado Mixed Media Painter Carol Nelson

"Kimono", 6x6 mixed media abstract by Carol Nelson



This is a painting I did as a demo in my recent workshop in Raleigh, NC.  As with many of my demos, I did not have time to complete it in class, so I finished it at home.

This painting has some printed paper, Asian newspaper, origami foil, and some fluid acrylic squiggles that were done on a sheet of plastic.  After the squiggles dry overnight, they can be handled and placed where needed in a painting.

My apologies to anyone who can read Korean script.  I have no idea what this little newspaper snippet says - it could be an ad for something embarrassing - or, maybe not.  I just like the look of the characters.

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

Latest newsletter from Carol Nelson Fine Art

Hello Subscribers and Art Lovers,

I hope this newsletter finds you well, and not plunged
OVERNIGHT from a lovely fall to the dead of winter, as
we were here in Colorado. 

I've conducted several workshops around the country
since my last newsletter, including Louisville, CO;
Dallas, TX; and Raleigh, NC.  They were all very fun,
and I heard those words I love to hear from more than
one student:
"This is the best workshop I've ever taken." 

In between destination workshops, I've hosted several
groups of students for semi-private instruction in my
studio - several of whom were from Canada.  I told
them I'm practically a Canadian myself, growing up
in Duluth, MN, only 150 miles from the border.

I'm now able to take a break from my busy teaching
schedule and concentrate on my own work. I recently
discovered air dry clay, and some uses for it that I
could apply to my work.

  

These hand made clay pieces may be painted, or
covered with torched origami foil for a very
unique and beautiful look.

At my workshop last week in Raleigh, at the
Hilton Midtown, there were 30 students torching
foil, which creates some smoke. 
I was worried the fire marshal would
shut us down, or, even worse, the smoke alarm
would go off.  Didn't happen (whew).

Here's an example of a medallion used in a small
mixed media painting.

 



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This painting is on an oak cabinet door, so the
frame is part of the painting and cannot be removed.
Click here to read the amazing story of this
painting on my blog. (It really is amazing.)

Warm regards,
Carol

Mixed media acrylic collage, "A Walk in the Woods" by Colorado contemporary painter Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"A Walk in the Woods" 8x8 mixed media collage by Carol Nelson

This is the latest in my tree series of acrylic mixed media collages.  This one was a demo for my recent workshop at The Artists Showplace in Dallas, TX.

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Vienna Inspiration”, textured mixed media abstract © Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

"Vienna Inspiration" 40x10 mixed media by Carol Nelson


If ever I could say the photo doesn't do the painting justice, it is this one. The painting is on an oak cabinet door that measures 40 x 10 inches.  I used gold metal leaf as the initial layer on the panel, then added a number of mixed media materials including guilded paper, tyvek, ribbon with metal-look studs, and black glass gems.

The textured elements are recessed in the cabinet door and covered with a layer of resin.  This is a piece that cannot be separated from the frame, which is finished with hammered copper paint. 

So, why, you may ask, is it called "Vienna Inspiration"?  We just returned from a cruise on the Danube where Vienna was one of the ports of call. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna is the home of several famous paintings by Austrian painter Gustov Klimt.  

I actually stood in front of "The Kiss".  I would have loved to take a photo, but they were not allowed.


"The Kiss" - Gustov Kilmt, 1908

Then, I came upon a shocking revelation.  Another of his paintings, "The Serpent," looked very familiar.  I realized that the patterns in the painting are the very same as those in a rug in my family room!!!  GASP! 


Klimt-inspired rug
When I bought the 6x8 rug a few years ago, I had no idea it was inspired by a Klimt painting.  I just loved the colors and patterns. 

I just had to try to do a Klimt-inspired painting.  I especially like works from his "gilded period" where he made liberal use of gold leaf.  "Vienna Inspiration" is the result.

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Color Study 5”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

Color Study 5, 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson

The 5th in my Color Study series, this one has a little modeling compound applied to the paper before I started painting.  I was after a more muted palette than my usual boisterous color party.

I had not intended on doing a landscape, but it formed on the paper in front of me, so what else could I do.  The addition of the bush forms really confirmed that it was a landscape.

I like high horizon landscapes because you can do so much abstraction with the majority of the painting.  If you cover up the upper quarter of this painting, it becomes a total geologic abstract.


For more information about my Color Study series, and this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Color Study 4”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson

"Color Study 4" 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson
This is another in my color study series done on Fabriano 90 lb water color paper.  In this one, I was obviously using color complements - opposite on the color wheel.

The circular patterns are from a couple pieces of patterned rice paper I collaged on to the painting (couldn't help myself.)

For more information about this painting, and my other color studies, click here to go to my website.

"Color Study 3”, textured mixed media abstract by Colorado contemporary mixed media artist Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art

color Study 3, 10x8 acrylic by Carol Nelson

So, what is this Color Study series, you may ask?  It's playing with design, composition, and color combinations on 8x10 wc paper.  If I come up with something I really like (they're not ALL my favorites), they may end up painted on canvas or panel in a larger format.

These studies are an excellent way to learn composition, try new things, and practice mixing your paints in an informal way.  I see many students in my classes who have not taken the time to really get to know their paints.

If you create a dud on 8x10 wc paper, who cares?  If your dud is 24x30, you end up very frustrated and your POCKETBOOK CARES!

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"Moonsplash" textured mixed media abstract painting by Colorado contemporary artist Carol Nelson © Carol Nelson Fine Art

"Moonsplash" 12x16 mixed media abstract by Carol Nelson

detail
In this painting, I used very heavy texture to create the foam of the wave.  The moon is gold textured paper with an accent of variegated gold metal leaf. The shine of these metallic elements does not show in the photo. 

The wave was poured fluid acrylic paints.  The fluid paints were allowed to flow together making a convincing, yet abstracted, waterscape.


For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

"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.

For more information, click here to go to my website.