My approach to abstract mixed media work on paper

I often times get asked what materials are used for these mixed media works on paper. Its a great question! Currently the works on paper contain some( if not all) of the following ..colored pencil, charcoal,pastel, marker, collage, paint, ink, spray paint, gouache and acrylic. I typically use mixed media paper which is great because once anything with water like inks or paint hit the surface it won’t buckle . My other choice Is to use a very heavy weight watercolor paper anything that is around 300 lb weight. Good paper is not cheap but it is worth every penny. One more thing I always prefer Smooth surface over rough generally speaking because I like the line quality of my marks to be smooth and crisp.

Usually when I approach an abstract mixed media pieceI have no preconceived notion of what it should or shouldn’t look like. I work intuitively letting color , the variances of materials and mark making be my guide. Most importantly I step back …LOOKING for areas that interest me to further develop or edit and remove areas that Im not quite satisfied with. This process of adding and removing is critical to the work and helps create the paintings journey. With all its beauty bumps and bruises it is Becoming. The viewer has the opportunity up close to see the layers that went before and its history and ghosts of lines or color make the work have more depth. Kind of like us right?? Reminds me of The Velveteen Rabbit story. It is only after the stuffed toy has been loved so much that its tattered and torn in places, missing fur and a maybe even a dangling eye that it Becomes…