I like to keep a list of artists who's work I admire, I call these artists my Art Ancestors. Some of them like Monet and Emily Carr, did their work a long time ago and some I have found through Facebook or their blogs so are current.
One of those current artists who I admire is Jodi Ohl. http://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/
Check out her work for yourself if you like.
I wanted to learn some of Jodi's techniques for her mixed media paintings and the best way to do that was to take one of her classes. I down loaded her lesson from the internet and got to work.
I purchased a video lesson called "Tandem Techniques: 15 Mixed Media Techniques for Canvas and Art Journals" from www.interweavestore.com. You can follow the link at the bottom of this blog if you want to check out the class yourself.
I watched the video, took notes and then went out into my studio and started painting.
Jodi taught her 15 techniques while painting feathers so that is what I painted. When I was done I had finished five paintings.
I took her techniques and added some of my own. I used my own paint colours but picked those closest to Jodi's. It is important to put your own personal style on your paintings.
This is the first one I did after the class.
These others, and I apologize for the poor photos, were all done since the class.
Here are a few close ups.
What a Good Artist understands
is that nothing comes from nowhere.
All creative work builds on what comes before.
Nothing is completely original.
Author of the book " Steal like an Artist".