Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WW: Crow {Linky}

I've been working on this mixed media piece for quite some time now. I'm doing a series about something beautiful with something being destroyed. I had envisions of  a crow smoking, but a cigarette butt in it's mouth looked so hokey. Even when I cut it down length wise it looked really stupid. 

I thought about stitching wire by it's feet - like the bird was caught, but got out. The problem with that was that crows are really smart. They wouldn't get themselves in a situation like that. 

In the end I went with the drops I started in the background by adding more and more drops - acid rain. It's more of a loose concept, but will still fit into the series. 

It's a really long piece! That makes it a bit hard to see. Click on the images to see them larger. I got comments that putting them extra large makes them impossible to see in the phone view. 


Here's a close up of the face. The eye has light blue thread stitches on it.


Some of the drops are in the background. I added some too. I put clear acrylic on glass one drip at a time. I let it dry. Then I scraped them up with a razor blade. I added a dark color under the drips, and a highlight.


The legs are stitched.


The back of the canvas:


Next I'm working on the owl that can't sleep because of city lights and noises, but I want to start a cute squirrel playing in plastic bag + a jellyfish that is stuck in a jelly jar with other jelly fish around it. I may have a few pieces going on all at the same time.

Do you like to paint, or do you get into any other art form?


10 comments:

Kristi Maloney said...

It's great! I love the stitched legs and the added acid rain drops. It's very cool - well done!

stevebethere said...

I agree and was the best idea out of the ones you mentioned it looks very effective even more when clicked on :-)

Have a droptastic week :-)

csuhpat1 said...

Holy cow, that is amazing. Very cool. Wow.

Deborah Coombs said...

Beautiful! You are so talented

indah nuria Savitri said...

It's indeed wonderful, Alissa :)..love the way you mixed the media..

Mandy 'n' Justin said...

Interesting series. Sad too. I love how you always add a bit of stitchery to your mixed media pieces.

~ Noelle said...

This is great. Is it going to be on display somewhere? Is it for class???

Theresa Mahoney said...

Another fabulous piece! Where do your works usually end up? Do you sell them or keep them for your own personal collection?

alissa apel said...

Theresa and Noelle I'm building up a body of work to make into a book (hopefully), sell prints, and sell the real images. I hope to make about 20 of them before anything will be set in stone.

mail4rosey said...

That's awesome that you added stitching. It's really a great piece. I like it! It makes you think.

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