How Now Brown Cow?

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The latest in my Home on the Range series celebrating Kansas.  Of course it has to be titled “How Now Brown Cow”!  This particular piece is a tribute to the Kansas farm.

On a 12 x 12 stretched canvas with 1 1/2 inch deep sides. Created with Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages and acrylic paint.

“Housing Development”

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The first layer of “Housing Development” was created in a demo for an advanced Citra Solv workshop that I was teaching a week or so ago.  I loved the brown and blue combination of this piece, so was excited to use it as the base for a new mixed media piece.


I used layers of gesso, chalk paint, and Derwent Inktense pencils to paint the negative space, leaving the form of a huge old tree.  With the circles on the trunk, I imagined a natural sort of apartment complex so started adding animals.  From there, the name seemed a logical choice.

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Then I added more paint, and more Inktense shading. The final touch was to add leaves and some foliage cut from Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages.


Then a little more paint, and some more touches with the Inktense pencils and I was ready to call it done.  The final step was to frame the piece in a salvaged frame which I refinished.


It always feels good to complete a piece of artwork! I have been doing more of these hidden picture sorts of pieces… it feels like it goes a step further in engaging the viewer, making them a part of the piece as well.

How many animals can you find?

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