Mixed Colors (WhiteRosesArt.com)
Mixed Colors by Heather Miller Art

Title: Mixed Colors
Year: 2012
Size: 16″ x 20″

Mixed Colors was created using acrylic paint on canvas.

The Story:

Mixed Colors is a fine example of one artist ripping off another artist’s work.  Which artist I stole from, however, would be hard to say as I’ve seen this type of piece done by dozens and dozens of artists, locally and online.  There’s something about a silhouetted tree with a colorful abstracted background that seems to compell many artists to make their own version.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t done a lot of paintings (as of the first quarter of 2016).  I only really started dabbling in the medium after I spent a few hours painting with an artist who actually is a painter.  I discovered that painting can be really, really relaxing so now I dabble more frequently.

When it first occurred to be to create a silhouetted tree, I realized there was no way I could paint lines that straight.  Thankfully I remembered that painter’s tape isn’t just for walls.  I cut out and carefully placed pieces of painters tape in the shape of the tree.  If you do this yourself, be extra sure to press down the tape well so paint doesn’t creep underneath any gaps.

Once the tape was down, I grabbed 7 shades of acrylic paint and a few sea sponges.  I bought a pack of sea sponges (you can get them at Micheal’s Arts & Crafts in the paint section) when I was in art school but hadn’t used them since.  I found that the easiest way get the paint on the sponges is to use aluminum foil.  Just put some paint onto the aluminum foil & dab away.  When you’re done, just fold up the mess & toss it into the recycle bin!

After the paint dried, I peeled off the painter’s tape.  This is where the challenge began, at least for me.  I’m terrible at painting smooth, clean lines.  I’m not going to say that things went perfectly, they didn’t.  There are areas of the tree that are thicker in the final piece than they started out being.  I’ve learned to not sweat the small stuff.  This is an abstract piece so no one knows if you screw up bit.