Mixed Media – Uncle Al and Aunt Florence in 1940

Uncle Alfonse & Aunt Florence, 1940  5.75 x 5.5  Mixed Media on paper

Mixed Media Demo

I just posted a video demonstration of this little mixed media portrait on my youtube channel. The art was created with graphite, watercolor, colored pencil and hand carved rubber stamps.

Pencil drawing on plate finish bristol paper, to start….

Don’t Throw that Away

The eraser rubber stamps used to create pattern in the background of the art in this post were carved a couple of decades ago. It’s a good thing I didn’t throw them away, eh? #artsupplyhoarding  If you have a shoe box in the closet full of rubber stamps, and you’re wondering what to do with them, read these ten tips from Jeannine Stein to get your creative mojo in a wiggly, make-something mood. Have you ever used stamping in your work before?
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next post!

Art Quote

Rest assured that if you work every day at your art, using the materials nearest at hand, you will gradually discover such beauty in them that they will fill you with happiness. And if you paint these things with the deep understanding that comes of constant association, you will be an artist.

~John E. Carlson

9 Responses to Mixed Media – Uncle Al and Aunt Florence in 1940

  1. Artist B Rinier October 22, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    My first book on watercolor – “Painting the Things You Love in Watercolor” by Adele Earnshaw. Adele had been the featured artist at my first Wildlife Art show I attended. Adele, was the one who introduced me to Joe. The title says it all. I took classes with Joe Garcia in Escondido, CA. We had critique night, where each of his students brought in a painting for critique and so much information was shared. They were the ones who got my painting career started! You – Belinda are also a great inspiration to me!

  2. Belinda Del Pesco October 21, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    @janna, what a kind and thoughtful note. Thanks so much for taking the time to write, and for following along all these years! Happy art-making!

  3. Belinda Del Pesco October 21, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    @bobbi – I love Jeanne too. Her’s was the first watercolor book that made color mixing understandable to me. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Janna Kumi October 20, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I have been a subscriber for a couple of years now and just want to say, that you’ve been most helpful and giving to others. Your information, ideas, approach is something I look forward to every time I ‘click’ on your posting. I haven’t tried any of your techniques yet, as I’ve concentrated in just learning how to paint in watercolour and oils, but….one of these days I’ll attempt a small monoprint. Thank you for all you do on behalf of your followers!

  5. Bobbi Stegora Bina October 19, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    I watched and loved this portrait video just yesterday! I’m a big fan of vintage photos so I’ll be trying this out with some I have. Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie is a go to favorite of mine. I go back to it ofte and my copy now dog eared and worn. I see she has a new edition of it now that I may need to get!

  6. Belinda Del Pesco October 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    @kim, I have some old museum catalogs too, and I love that we get to see ( in some cases) art in private collections not otherwise in print. Good books for the art library, for sure!

  7. Belinda Del Pesco October 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    @Celia, it’s funny you mention Mary Whyte, because I’m a big fan too, and she’s the topic in my next blog post.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Celia Blanco October 18, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I love the nostalgic feel of the portrait and the touching way I feel their enthusiasm in the picture.The video is great!
    The book sounds very useful. I always find changing paper surface, requires a change in your technique…I have many favorite art books, but if I had to choose one I would pick a Mary Whyte book.

  9. Kim Minichiello October 18, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I love the older watercolor books! This one I have never seen. It’s hard for me to pick a specific favorite book, but I treasure the catalogues from all the art exhibitions I have seen at museums around the world. I have been collecting them for a long time!

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