and finish. Having spent most of the first day of 2012 in the studio yesterday, I've finished (all but the final archival sprays) a 12 x 12 painting that has been in the works for some time.
The elderberry shrub is common in our area . Fully ripe elderberries make wonderful wine, jelly and syrup and are great with blackberries in a pie. John picks them when the berries have had the first frost for that last fact alone. However, I save the picked stems and press them for their delightful filigree lace effect . They make beautiful miniature trees, and I've previously done a series of paintings using them.
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The Elderberry Mandala is a painted paper-wrapped canvas (see workshop sidebar on the right) with stems affixed using heavy mat gel. I admit I pre-finished the paper prior to fixing the stems, as I thought I'd likely drive myself crazy coating inside all those delicate lines. I did, however, coat the stems after adding them to the painting. It's a time-consuming, but necessary task, and I credit this type of work with making me the addled artist that you know!