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“The Road Less Traveled”, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

Posted On: Jun 12, 2018   |   Posted By: Daily Painters Abstract

“The Road Less Traveled”, Original Mixed Media Painting by Colorado Artist, Donna L. Martin

"The Road Less Traveled"
The finished piece!
I had been wanting to create an elephant in mixed media for quite a while. I have been admiring Tracy Verdugo's work and I love the elephants that she creates, so that was the inspiration for this piece. I was actually fortunate enough to be attend one of her workshops a couple of years ago...it was magical!
This is how it started. I gessoed a piece of 20 X 20 cradle board. Then I added texture with molding paste and stencils. I also added some molding paste to the elephant's trunk and head. I had some textured paper that I love and decided to add some of that to her ears. I then gessoed over the molding paste and the paper on her ears.
Here you can see I started adding some paint. I used Golden's Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Burnt Orange. I'm all about the Turquoise lately, so I threw that in too.
Now for the scary part...starting on the elephant. I had her sketched out and I started adding some paint. I mixed Paynes Gray, White, and Anthraquinone Blue, and a...

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