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Dream Circus 

"When obstacles arise,
you change your direction to reach your goal;
you do not change your decision to get there."
~ Zig Ziglar

9.5 x 12" Clairefontaine acrylic pad; Golden fluid acrylics, neocolors

This was a fun piece of experimental art is the result of exploration with a few brushes and acrylic paint over the past month or two. Trying to get more and more control over the brush. But I think that's partly an illusion! I want to KNOW what the brush will do in advance, as I now know with PITT pen. The circles on the lower left were the most difficult; I built the circles outward (center, then wider circle etc); later realized that I should have worked in, because the acrylics are opaque and I can just build up the layers smaller and smaller. That's the thing. You learn something with each piece of art. Each little section of painted doodles took 27x more time than I'd imagined... and I think they are addictive since I already started another one.

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Reader Comments (8)

Have been following your blog for a while - truly inspirational! This Christmas I'm giving my class small hand-stitched booklets - I want them to 'journal' their Christmas holiday. Can't wait to see what they come back with.

12.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Those are just beautiful!!! Yep, trial and error, and you have got to do things for yourself. I think Art is definitely a hands-on experience can't learn it from a book like in other areas! Great post :D

12.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

LOVE these pictures and your sense of exploration and adventure! Hugs, Terri xoxo

*John, Thx for stopping by and saying hello!
* Eden, I can barely follow instructions for an embroidery stitch, let alone a brush technique. You are so right.
* Terri, I'm glad you are exploring art journaling as well!
~ Tammy

12.15.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

I love this explosion of color.

12.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShell

That is SO amazingly beautiful!

12.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love the vibrancy of this painting. Thank you for showing bits and pieces of the work first. Such a great idea to see the details before the big picture! You have one of the best blogs... ; )

02.25.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLotus

* Shell, Lisa and Lotus, Thank you for visiting and for your sweet words!!! This was one of my favorite projects *ever* ~ Tammy

02.25.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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