Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6-Art Every Day Month: Hidden Images

Sunday, November 6, 2011
Another cold and rainy day - the second this week. PERFECT for lazing by the fire with the art journal.



I kind of cheated on this one.
The background is a smear of acrylic paint made from "cleaning" off the palette knife weeks ago.
I hate to waste paint, don't you?



Today, hidden in the murky background, I found hints of the images you see now.
I brought them out of hiding using Inktense pencils and oil pastels.
Spooky, huh?



It's such a surprise what lies in wait . . . tribal and ancient.
Could it mean anything?

Is our subconscious placing these figures there or is purely random?

It happens SO often for me, I find it hard to believe it's chance.
I have filled an art journal and done several paintings this way!
What do you think?



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9 comments:

latebloomerbuds said...

I think it is so cool how that happens. I especially like when you show it before and after you outline and bring something to life. Could have hidden meanings... Margie

Serena said...

Nice work! I enjoy hearing how the piece comes together with hidden images.

Claudine Intner said...

I am popping over from AEDM. I am intrigued by your sketchbook. Are you using a loose leaf? Ooh. I like it!

Tracie said...

@Claudine:
Yep, I made this journal from Fabriana 140lb hotpress watercolor paper. Paper is so thick, it'll take whatever I do to it.
I tore the large sheets (22x30 I think) down into the size I want and just punched with a 3 hole punch.
Those large sheets cost about $4 or $5 at the art store and will make many pages.
I've since made covers from thick cardboard that I painted and collaged.
Super easy way to bind, but of course you could just throw those pages into any store bought binder.

I do make more complex handmade journals with true waxed linen bindings/covers, etc.
But I just love how with this one, I can take a page or two with me "on the road" and can rearrange the pages however I want.
I can also bind in any other type paper I want on a whim.
The journal has gotten to be super thick.

Carol said...

Cool idea on the journal and I really like the paintings for today. It didn't rain here ...YET...but it's been cloudy and damp and dreary all day :(

Gina Lento said...

I did that in my other sketchbook, I used a page to clean my pan pastel tubes and I turned the blogs on the page into a dragon with a brush pen....sometimes those blots and happy accidents turn out to be something great.

Gina

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I've had a bit of serendipity just like this from time to time and it always strikes me right in the gut. Very striking pieces and I'm sure they mean something to you even if it's still in your subconscious! Happy Day #6 Tracie! HuGGs!

Jenn said...

Tracie - I so love seeing what stories and characters you excavate from your paintings!!!!! You've inspired me to join the art party!! Joining today! :)

Natasha said...

I love when the images appear so organically like that. Coming with their own messages for you. Very gut touching pages.