Stepping Out of Comfort Zone

Stepping Out of Comfort Zone

As a traditionally trained artist, I used paper, canvas, board and other common surfaces to draw and paint on. The last three months has been spent exploring some different surfaces from maps to railroad ties. I can tell you that it’s been fun to get out of my comfort zone. Incorportation of materials like copper, burlap and texturing mediums have been really positive. I have decided that I love texture, so for me, this is just the beginning! Most of my new “Primitives” have sold, which has been fun. Even more fun is when someone at the post office sees them and asks me to do something for them. I couldn’t have survived December and January without those little commissions, They were massive for me! See more by visiting http://www.barkeycreative.com or my facebook page, pinterest, etc.

The photo is a detail of “Sonoma” a mixed media on a map of Sonoma, California. It’s about 5″x7″. I’m looking to combine fun materials and fun subjects.

Recycled Inspirations

Recycled Inspirations

I’m using recycled materials from rescued barnwood we found at a lumber yard in Larkspur. I painted directly onto the barnwood (top right) and have another piece mounted with a painting on copper. The other two longer lengths are primed and ready for single sunflowers that I’ll paint on them. Far left is the wood before I do anything to it. The exterior is deep, dark and oily, while the interior is perfect for painting directly on it. Great fun!