Friday, 24 January 2014

Little pieces of Skye

Mixed media on re-cycled wood

This week I have been making more Dragonflies out of waste acetate packaging, the see through panels that so often front cardboard boxes.  After cutting out the shapes I painted them lightly in iridescent medium and then after gluing them to a small collaged wood panel used a heat gun on them to gently bend the wings.( if you try this do it in a ventilated area as plastic fumes are not good)



The above photos show a side close up which gives an idea of the 3D effect. I painted the edges of the panels with black gesso.

close up detail
I have been working on a number of small collaged wooden pieces. I thought it would be nice to call them 'little pieces of Skye' as they use colours and forms evocative of the landscape of the Scottish Island of Skye where my family have a small croft house nestled between the sea and the mountains.




Now of course the landscape lacks the bright heather and soft greens, but I am usual am dreaming of warmer weather.....
........When the breeze from the sea bends the stems of the wild flowers bringing bright beautiful dragonflies out from their hiding places.
I have used lots of iridescent medium to make the emerald greens really shimmer like leaded glass. I also used some cosmic shimmer mist which is a favourite product of mine at the moment.

Linking to Paint Party Party Friday
And The Artists Playroom

37 comments:

  1. Morag your work is so delicate and beautiful! The magic and scottish beauty definitely shine through in your work!

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  2. GREAT ARTWORK!
    OH MY GOSH!
    AMAZING... love the texture the colors ..this piece is fantastic!
    xxx Susi

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  3. Loving your latest work, so beautiful with lots of texture. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  4. Beautiful, love the colours and textures! Valerie

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  5. STUNNING ! I can not believe this is recycled materials. Thanks so much for showing your work. I hope I can travel to Scotland one day to experience your colors :)

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  6. Your pieces are absolutely beautiful!

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  7. Works are beautiful, I love dragonflies and how you have been shaped. saludos

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  8. Absolutely wonderful! The iridescent look is just astounding! So beautiful My dh and I made a tour of the inner Hebrides a few years ago and visited Skye, among other many islands. What a beautiful, unspoiled area of the world!

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  9. Dragonfly heralds of summer...I crave for them too, as I crave for green grass and leaves. Your colorful skies and fields are lifesavers in this endless winter on the Midwestern plains...Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. This is just beautiful, Morag. These colours are my favorite. The dragonflies are so realistic.
    I vowed that in 2014 that I would branch out and join some blogging communities and I followed your link to Paint Party Friday and thought I would give it a go. Thank you for the link.
    p.s It was funny about the 'glass' medium. I should have realized lol! .

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  11. Really gorgeous and magical-fabulous dragonflies!

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  12. Beautiful! Love the effect and the textures and colors are lovely!

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  13. amazing!!! really love how delicate the wings look. your colors are so pretty.

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  14. Hello lovely friend..your dragonfly spirits are exquisite..absolutely magical..the colors are blissful..and make me dream of summer..super beautiful art...I love this inspiring work you are doing..pure enchantment! Plus I love dragonfly power!! That power shines through your art!
    hugs and sparkles
    Victoria

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  15. this is such a pretty painting with all the texture!!! love it!!! Wishing you a warm and cozy and Happy PPF!!!

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  16. that's really beautiful Morag. I love the color in the piece.

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  17. I love your art. It is so inspirational. The attention to detail is outstanding.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  18. What a wonderful piece!!! I love the colors!! And of course the dragonfly!

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  19. Stunning! Textures and the dragionflies are so beautiful

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  20. Oh my gosh this piece just glows! And those dragonflies are amazing, what a wonderful idea to use acetate for them.

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  21. Those dragonflies are beautiful and so delicate. Nice! :)

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  22. Wow, what a great technique and idea for reusing materials! Fantastic details, texture and artistry! Thank you for sharing such beauty!

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  23. Fabulous use of colour and texture. Great idea with the dragonfly wings, they are beautiful :)

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  24. Thank you for visiting me. Love your work. frayedroundtheedges

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  25. This piece is absolutely beautiful! I am going to Pin it:) !!

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  26. Your dragonfly collage has a lovely dreamy feel to it, and makes me think of lying in the grass in summer (in Skye if possible), listening to the sounds of summer.
    It's so nice when a piece of artwork can take you out of yourself like that and give a feeling of peace and quiet.
    Your way of making the dragonflies is so innovative and clever and they must shine beautifully in the light as you move past the painting.

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  27. OMG your collage is amazing. I thought you were using real dragonflies they look so lifelike. I will pin it. Happy PPF

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  28. Those acetate dragonflies look superb in your beautiful composition. The colors are so soothing too. Blessings!

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  29. what another beautiful piece of art..your photos are beautiful too what a lovely place to live

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  30. Love your use of iridescent medium. Gives a great effect, and beautiful colours.

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  31. wow! these are gorgeous! it's amazing how you took what most people would throw in the trash and turned it into beautiful pieces of art. i love them!

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  32. Stunning work of art Morag!! Love the texture and the shimmer!! So pleasing to the eye! A very desirable piece of art!

    Hugs Giggles

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  33. I'm in awe of your gorgeous textures! This is absolutely gorgeous.
    Jess x

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  34. Another beautiful piece of art Morag. The sparkle, the texture, it is all wonderful and I can pictures this painting also as a beautiful dress on a little girl twirling in the pretty Scottish countryside.

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  35. Wow, this piece is beautiful. Love the iridescent look of the dragonflies and the swirling sky. Gorgeous piece.

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