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Creative Heart

Creative Heart by Karen Gadient, 2016

Creative Heart. Acrylic, ink, and digital mixed media. More experimenting with last year’s scrapped scans of traditional media, mixed with digital work.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ― Thornton Wilder

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Dabble

Dabble by Karen Gadient, 2016

Dabble. Watercolor pencil and water-soluble graphite. An experiment to see if the pencils could work like acrylic if they’re layered enough. Spatter was done by dabbing (to pick up lots of pigment) and then flicking a moist brush on the tip of the watercolor pencil. Pretty much a mess, but a colorful one! Lots of fun to do.

A creative mess is better than idle tidiness. ― Michael J. Fox

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Turbulent Shores

Turbulent Shores by Karen Gadient, 2016

Turbulent Shores. Watercolor, ink, and digital mixed media.

Moody, mountainous shoreline. Created while experimenting primarily with colored ink. Layered scans of inks and watercolor.

Night’s black mantle covers all alike. ― Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

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Superb Owl

Superb Owl 2016 by Karen Gadient, 2016

Superb Owl 2016. Digital mixed media.

Something I made after seeing “Superb Owls” in my Twitter feed. Enjoy the game if you’re watching! If not, I hope whatever you’re doing today is a hoot!😉

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Bright Abyss

Bright Abyss by Karen Gadient, 2016

Bright Abyss. Acrylic and digital mixed media.
Another experiment that I thought was worthy of sharing.

Almost the weekend!

Every man’s memory is his private literature. ― Aldous Huxley

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Jubilant

Jubilant by Karen Gadient, 2015

Jubilant. Pastel on red pastel paper. Some artwork I did just for the joy of it.

Wishing you a very happy new year!

Happiness is a form of courage. ― Holbrook Jackson

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November Box of Art Snacks

Red Tree WIP by Karen Gadient, 2015

Received my little box of art supplies from Art Snacks this week. Since I’m having a ‘sick day’ weekend―I’m getting better, but still nursing congestion and a wicked cough―I figured I’d play around with it.

Once again, there’s only one color in the box. It’s a matte red acrylic paint. Reminds me of gouache, actually, which I use often. With the paint is a Liquitex ‘freestyle’ brush. I have one of these, only larger. The little one is very cute! They’re sturdy brushes and I’m glad to get another to add to my brush collection.

There’s also a Blackwing pencil. I’m admittedly a pencil fan, so this was nice to get, even if I tend to use Blackwings more for writing. Lastly, there’s a Japanese brush pen that I’ve never heard of before: Kuretake Fudegokochi. It’s nice, but not waterproof, so it was tricky to use with the paint.

So, I made a red tree. It’s not much as it is, but… you know, when I feel better, I might add layers of other things to it later and jazz it up a bit.

I’m going to try another month and then decide if I want to continue. Who wants to bet that December has at least two colors? Probably red and green.😉

Hope your weekend has been a relaxing one!

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