|Intimate Gathering by Russell Irwin, 2002,
acrylic and torn paper on board, 48 x 60.
When I was flipping through my archives for mixed media art inspiration, I was prepared to do some pretty extensive digging. I assumed that most artists tend to silo themselves in their media-specific practices and don't really diverge. But I found that artists do mix it up. Literally.
Mixed media painting is way more common than I gave it credit for. In fact, most artists mix media without even thinking about it. Doing a charcoal or pencil sketch on your canvas before applying paint? Technically that's mixed media. Combining washes of watercolor with pastel in an urban landscape painting? That's mixed media art, too.
To sink my teeth into all the mixed media techniques and possibilities that many artists nowadays are taking up, our free eBook, Mixed Media Painting Techniques: Combine Media to Create Inspired Mixed Media Art profiles several artists who blur the edges between media to create some really standout work.
Janet Cook's paintings of New York City pulse with life and rhythm, partly due to the fact that she is able to mix the vibrant colors of pastel with the expressive fluidity of watermedia. It gives each of Cook's scenes a sense of drama that the artist really craves, and allows her to create detailed underpaintings that have a strong enough structure so that she can put a lot of gesture and movement into the final pastel layers.
|Steppin' Out on Broadway
by Janet Cook, 2009, pastel over
gouache and watercolor on paper,
27 x 20.
For Russell Irwin, painting is more like mosaic art, as he uses mixed media collage elements like torn paper in combination with acrylic paint to form a richly textured surface on his paintings. The artist acknowledges that this process forces him to approach his work as if it was abstract art, where the relationship between shape and color dominates.
Jean Pederson explores mixed media layering, shape variety, additives like gels and more, searching for ways to articulate the visions she has for her work with no holds barred. She also features several demonstrations in her chapter and furthers the discussion on how to incorporate multiple media in her paintings without it feeling overwhelming or overworked.
Art—mixed media artwork at that—is all about freethinking and experimentation. Mixing media is the gateway to the kind of exploration that allows each of us to discover how we really want to make our art, and not just what we've been taught or what is most comfortable. Mixed Media Painting Techniques: Combine Media to Create Inspired Mixed Media Art could be the first step toward this kind of growth for all of us. Download your copy now! Enjoy!