Where Is The Hamm’s Bear

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15 x 20 in. mixed media on illustration board.

People that know me may not realize I was born in St. Paul Minnesota, land of more lakes than you can count…or the land of sky blue waters…wait that is the Hamm’s famous saying for their beer. This might explain why I drift back to these type of scenes when doing my bubble trees. At least that is what my shrink might say, after digging into my colorful mind….that is if I had a shrink. Haven’t gotten to that point yet, and I know this why? Because my work hasn’t gone Dali or Gogh yet, well maybe skirting it a little occasionally. At any rate this piece is the largest bubble tree i have done to date, other than taking longer than normal, process was the same…I did add some non-organic structures to this piece tho. All my others in this series were free of this¬† and rock pads just seemed right.

Oh, a little factoid when using cold pressed board…if you use anything very chemical based or solvents, gesso it first…otherwise paper might/will de-laminate…hot press has been fine so far with my mediums…this was the first time I had used cold press…LIFE IS ABOUT LEARNING ;-)

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Mixed media 12×18 using everything I had in my reach. This photo does a good job of showing the details…but there is so much texture with flat and glossy finishes I couldn’t capture in the photo. I lost track after the 7th layer and got totally involved in creating this. Safe to say I was surprised when I stood back to reflect…I DID ALL OF THAT!!!!¬† Kidding aside the time flew and the hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry before pushing on.