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Change The Way You Look At The World

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 in Creativity

Something lovely and fun for you to watch as you head into the weekend. It's not even 2 minutes long - enjoy! (Thanks, BuzzFeed Videos!)


That's What Lets the Light In

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 in Creativity

My first painting from this sabbatical time - it includes a lot of collage! If you would like to know what techniques were used, scroll down and see the previous blog posts.


  • Cheryl O    |  Jan 8, 2015

    Thanks, Kathy! Although it looks fairly free flowing, there are many layers done with much pondering.

  • Kathy Arnezeder    |  Jan 8, 2015

    I love this Cheryl.Interesting how you captured the light.

No Weather Day

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Creativity

I am having a no weather day today. This is because, when I look out my window, I see an excess of whiteness. Anyone who has taken my colour theory class will know that the colour white is considered a neutral colour – which means it is considered neither warm nor cool. (Try to teach that to someone living in North Bay.) So, the weather has been neutralized today - as have any travel plans. Painting, however, will be happening today.

To my friends who may have to have weather today – please drive slowly and carefully.

Words & Stones

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 in Creativity

Collage techniquesJust loving layering with collage! Into the painting in progress I have collaged polished stones, glass, words, metal art foil, and charcoal (see previous post). The stones and glass were attached to the canvas with acrylic clear gloss gel. I was pleased with how easy it was to incorporate some words into the image. After printing the phrase off on my black and white printer, I tore the words so that there was an uneven edge all around. I put a layer of matte medium onto the painting, and placed the paper into it. With more matte medium on a brush, I thoroughly soaked the paper and made it lay flat. After that layer was dry, I used similar colours of acrylic paint on top of the paper to make it fade into the painting. I was pleased with how unobtrusive, yet still legible, the writing became. This image is just part of the phrase, and a small part of the painting. Curious to see the whole painting, and see what the phrase is? Probably tomorrow - check back then.

Powdered Charcoal

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Creativity

Charcoal detailYesterday was the first day of my art sabbatical. I was happy at the end of the day with what I had learned - lots of exploring - and layers on layers! One of the items I played with was powdered charcoal. It can be used to give a more organic looking texture than, for example, spattered paint. This is the method: paint some clear matte medium onto the paint surface wherever I wanted black dots. Pinch some charcoal powder between my fingers, and sprinkle it over the desired area. It doesn't matter if it lands on areas you don't want it. Simply wait until the matte medium is thoroughly dried, then take a damp cloth and gently wipe away any excess charcoal. A final coat of acrylic varnish locks everything in. You can get the feeling of it from the detail image posted here. Not ready to show you the whole painting yet - perhaps in a few days.

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