|"A Fine Balance" 9x12, Mixed Media by Kellee Wynne Conrad|
On exhibit at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis Maryland,
It only seems natural to me to come around full circle to paper. A little known fact: I was a scrapbook artists for over a decade before returning to paint. I was published in national magazines, created trade product for Colorbok, a national company, taught workshops and spent a lot of time on forums like Studio Calico. But my roots in fine art finally pulled me back to my first love of painting. It was a hard switch at first as my youngest was still in diapers, but I was determined. And I am beyond words grateful for the opportunity I've had to come back into the fine art scene when I was ready to make this jump.
|Scrapbook artist turned fine art painter Kellee Wynne Conrad,|
Originally published in 2009
|Taking all the knowledge I learned from my paper arts days, |
I am rediscovering the old ideas with new techniques
as I fall in love with mixed media painting.
But here I am again playing with paper. Digging through what is left of my stash from a long lost hobby. Discovering how to put together what I once knew with the passion for paint I have now. I don't want to say it comes naturally, but I think years of practice in the paper arts left me with enough experience to have a good foundation in design and composition. So I am exploring what it means to create without an objective, but rather to play with the parts until they fit together. Not all projects work out, but the more I work through ideas and use the materials, the more I discover what I'm meant to be doing right now.
|Here are a selection of materials to create mixed media.|
Many elements from my previous stash of scrapbooking
supplies are revitalized in my new mixed media paintings,
as well as hand painted papers to begin the layering process.
|I carefully place elements of papers and paint to create a |
good foundation for my mixed media painting.
I sketch out ideas and then pay attention to composition
and color theory for a dynamic outcome.
Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. I realize that these behind the scenes stories of the life of a painting is just as vital as all the other business advice I share with you in my journey as an artist and business entrepreneur. So I will continue to bring you a little more of everything.
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