Art Journal April 6

Art Journal April 6

A mixed media piece – magazine image, tissue overlay, permanent ink. An image of ancient trees on the savannah, foreground and frame the setting sun.

The photo does not do this piece justice, I feel. I’m really pleased with how the inking of the darker parts turned out, and used pointillist technique for the shading which is quite striking.

I’m trying to get away from overworking my paintings – noticed many other pieces I admire are quite simple, and so I’m going to leave this the way it is and call it finished.

 

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Trees – Mixed Media by Michele Montserrat

Featured image photo I took of a mosaic in the rear of a restaurant in South Minneapolis.

 

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Art Journal – Aries Ingress

Art Journal – Aries Ingress

Mixed media collage. Various magazine images, tissue paper, permanent marker.

Rough and unpolished, you can see every little blemish in this one – but I really liked the composition, so there’s that! Realizing that I used a lot of pink images I’d been saving up, and paired the pink with red. My mother always told me pink and red clashed, so this is my revenge. <grin>

Aries Ingress

Puerto Rico, still Preciosa.

Puerto Rico, still Preciosa.

“…Y así le grito al villano yo sería borincano aunque naciera en la luna ” -Juan Antonio Corretjer

(“and so I shout to the villain: I would still be Puerto Rican if I was born on the moon”)

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“Preciosa te llaman lo bardos que cantan tu historia, no importa el tirano te trate con negra maldad…” – Rafael Hernández

I just made it back from visiting my home country of Puerto Rico. It is the first time I get to visit since hurricane María swept through, almost exactly 5 months after. It was an incredibly emotional and difficult trip. I found myself fighting the tears more times than I can recall. Five months after the hurricane and my island, my people, my family still carry open wounds from that horrendous day.

During my visit I gathered so many terrifying stories from my friends and relatives about their experiences during and after the hurricane. They told me about how they stayed up all night holding doors and windows for hours as the wind was about to burst into their homes. About how the extreme heat wave…

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Poetry and Art Wonders from Candia

Poetry and Art Wonders from Candia

I just found this blog called Candia Comes Clean, and it is a journal after my own heart. Her writing is excellent, which you’ll be able to see in the attached poem from her post entitled News from Nowhere. She’s also got quite the talent for sketching and images. This piece, a sad beauty about lovers parting, is a treat. Enjoy!

via News From Nowhere

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Plant photo by Michele Montserrat

Manikin photo from Pexels

Art Journal – Pisces Ingress

Art Journal – Pisces Ingress

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The image above shows a goddess figure, seated on a lion. Her meditation is serene within the swirling blues and purples of the dream sea. A dusty purple flower blooms to her left, and a fish rises from the deeps to leap in the waves.

Materials: Printed rice paper, tissue paper, acrylic paint, acrylic gel medium – gloss, soft.

A mixed media piece I just finished today in my art journal, honoring the movement of the sun into the tropical sign of Pisces. Pisces is mutable, watery, and traditionally ruled by the planet Jupiter. Modern rulership has been attributed to the planet Neptune.

Under the snows, the earth slumbers and dreams of the greening to come.

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Geranium and houseleeks

 

Photo © Michele Montserrat