The first layer of “Housing Development” was created in a demo for an advanced Citra Solv workshop that I was teaching a week or so ago. I loved the brown and blue combination of this piece, so was excited to use it as the base for a new mixed media piece.
I used layers of gesso, chalk paint, and Derwent Inktense pencils to paint the negative space, leaving the form of a huge old tree. With the circles on the trunk, I imagined a natural sort of apartment complex so started adding animals. From there, the name seemed a logical choice.
Then I added more paint, and more Inktense shading. The final touch was to add leaves and some foliage cut from Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages.
Then a little more paint, and some more touches with the Inktense pencils and I was ready to call it done. The final step was to frame the piece in a salvaged frame which I refinished.
It always feels good to complete a piece of artwork! I have been doing more of these hidden picture sorts of pieces… it feels like it goes a step further in engaging the viewer, making them a part of the piece as well.
How many animals can you find?