|Rust Belt Landscape|
Mixed Media on Board
This started out as a demo for a workshop and actually made its way to finished product.
That doesn't always happen with my demos. It did take a lot of work for me to get it to this stage.
Many revisions. I was working with the rusting technique, burning, and painting.
The other 2 pieces in this series are more blue and cool colors, so it was a challenge to work with the pinks and browns here.
I really like incorporating found materials in my work.
With this piece I was able to use some found metal objects to create the rust stains on the piece, and then use those along with some actual rusted objects. The incorporation of the gold squares reference another form of alchemy where no tarnishing or patination has taken place. I wanted the contrast of the bright, clean gold color along with the rusted areas. The idea of a landscape comes from the architectural nature of the artwork...buildings, doors, windows, fences.
Bright and clean. Rusted and tarnished.
Many techniques and layers...my signature.