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Just playing around incorporating fabrics into my paintings. I used a piece of gold cotton, a piece of muslin and the black printed fabric. I dipped the gold piece in watered down sepia ink as well as the muslin in the watered down ink. Dried them slightly before applying them to the canvas with gel medium. Then I added more ink and paint randomly and applied the black script fabric down on top, applying more paint.
The face is actually a rubber stamp on beige cardstock that I colored with pastels and paint. I apologize to the maker of the stamp. I cannot remember who I bought it from, therefore I can't credit them with the stamp! It's unmounted so there's no identification on the stamp and I've had it for quite a few years. If anyone out there knows who the maker is, please let me know.
The background is several layers of paint washes in several different colors.
The verdigris embellishment is an old earring! After adding the earring I went back and added some interference oxide green paint on the petals covering her head.

I still need to photograph and post the other daily tags. Although with my sinus problems I was pretty lax and did not get any made for the past 2 weeks...
I'm going to let myself slide and not be too critical.
Live creatively~


Lisa said…
I like this a lot...Good job : )
Sandy Michelle said…
Hello! This is just lovely! I love how you added dimensional items to it and the colors are wonderful :)

Sandy xox
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Lisa and Sandy! I like to recycle items, especially old jewelry. The 3-d pieces add a little interest to the flat painting.
Kims Art said…
This is really a beautiful piece:)
jan said…
I love the colours in this painting and like the way you've added the fabric it gives it a texture. Thanks for the kind words on my blog!
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Kim and Jan! these colors seem to be popping up in my art alot these days.
Terri Kahrs said…
Cathy, I saw this in FLICKR and HAD to visit again! YUP! STILL incredible and sensuous!!!! Hope you're feeling a LOT better! Hugs, Terri xoxo
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Terri! Getting better, and feel like I've lost way too much time. Thanks again.
hugs to you!
How beautiful! It really is just gorgeous! That face and those textures are just gorgeous! You are such an artist!

Hope you are feeling better now!
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Michelle & Marsha! You are too kind.
Hayley Egan said…
Nice piece!! Hope you are feeling better, and getting back into it. I'm getting there. The apron is on! X
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Hayley. Glad to know you're back in the 'swing' of things.
Just breathtaking. I love the colors! As always your artwork is inspiring.
BTW Patty Porter won the giveaway. I did get your name in the generator though:)

Hi sweetie!

Just droppin' by to say "hey" and hope all is going well! LOVE the new painting...GREAT JOB!

Take care and have a beautiful weekend! xo...deb
Karen Cole said…
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. I am truly appreciative!!!!

Great piece!
Cathy Mendola said…
Thank you Becky, Deb & Karen for the lovely comments!
Gaby Bee said…
Love all the details on this! Beautiful colors, texture, perfect with the image! Awesome!
Gaby xo

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