Octopus Hair! New online workshop!

More mixed media madness from me. I love tossing everything on my table top into an art piece. It’s always so much fun to create layers over layers and see what you end up with. It’s always a surprise to see what comes through in the end. I wish the frame around the girl showed properly though. It’s a bright and shiny gold acrylic actually but that’s so hard to see on a scan. Does anyone have any suggestions for scanning shiny? I haven’t had much luck yet.

I painted Octopus Hair while re-watching the first season of True Detective, hence a bit of a dark mood showing through. What a brilliant show that was, truly. I love the banter between Rust and Marty, so perfect. I had started to watch season two when it first came out but it didn’t quite catch me at the time. I’m going to give it a new whirl over the coming weeks. I’m hoping season three will be as amazing as the first season. I can’t wait to watch it!

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I’d be creating a new workshop in the fall and I do have some details to share finally. If you’re interested, just sign up for my newsletter and all of the info will come to you in the next few weeks. But for now, here’s a quick overview!


Online Art Workshop, Coming Fall of 2018

Joy & Sorrow: A Moody Mixed Media Exploration

An expressive and insightful journey exploring moody concepts in mixed media art. You will learn how to make your portraits come alive with feeling and emotion; to share the light and to explore the dark. We’ll cover simplifying techniques for facial expression to help you bring a more expressive quality into your art. We’ll explore the world of emotional concepts and how to take that spark of an idea and translate it into a finished piece.

  • Facial Expressions: Creating emotions in your portraits
  • Telling a story with your art: All about concepts and ideas, beyond the portrait
  • Setting a mood with paint and paper
  • Putting it all together: Mixed media mood exploration paintings


15 thoughts on “Octopus Hair! New online workshop!

  1. Love your octopus girl, but she looks a bit scary! You get more shine on gold if you take photos instead of scanning, taking the pics at an angle from the side. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  2. This is so cool. I always love your artwork. Those octopus tangles of hair are amazing. I tried scanning drawings done with glittery gel pens. The scans were so flat and un-glittery I gave up in the end. I find a camera works best for glittery / shiny surfaces, but you have to play around to get the lighting and camera angle just right.

  3. She looks like she’s warning others not to mess with her 🙂 Great expressive face. Sorry, can’t help you with the scan thing. Did you try taking pictures instead? Happy PPF ♥

  4. What an amazing image – full of fantasy and eerie shadows. Incredible mixed media artwork. Thanks so much for your visit and lovely words – sorry it’s taken so long to repay the visit.
    Alison x

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