Back in August I was packing to go on a family vacation - five days in Mexico by the sea. I was thrilled at the thought of getting away for a few days. But ScrapArtist was closing. What was I going to do to keep my creative brain occupied. The day before we were due to leave for Mexico I was browsing the web when I came across Suzi Blu's site and a new class starting up - La Sierena. It was to be a four month mixed media affair creating mermeaids. It appealed to me immediately and I signed up on the spot. As much as I love digi art I had been wanting to get my hands dirty with physical paint for some time but with mixed media being such a big subject I didn't know where to begin. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give it a try, but did I have it in me? What if I couldn't do it? What if I made mistakes? This had always stopped me in the past. As soon as I make a mistake I would abandon the piece or throw it away. All during the vacation my head was filled with mermaid thoughts and once I got home I was keen to start. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this.
Six weeks after signing up for the class I have three finished paintings. I'm pretty pleased with them. Not because they are fine examples of art. They were mostly a learning experience, such as an acrylic wash isn't a good substitute for distressing ink and covering a picture with wax ins't as easy as Suzi makes it look. BUT they are all my own work and they are completed - warts and all.
It's not a great photo but as you can probably tell I'm eager to share. I'll try and take a better photo at the weekend.