Tuesday, January 8, 2013

With My Whole Heart

 Ok, I have to say first and foremost, that I really don't care if you hate this Mixed Media piece. You see, I LOVE IT!!! It is me! I absolutely would not change a thing about this HUGE 16x20 canvas. And for those of you who know me very well, that is saying a lot. I am 100% my own worst critic. But this piece is perfect. I love the texture, the colors, and the meaning behind why I painted it. It is my first "Valentine" piece of the year and a gift for Brian and I, to hang in our bedroom. It says how we feel about each other now, how we have felt for the last 26 years, and how we will feel until God separates us. (Ok, enough mushy stuff!! Let's talk about the canvas)

Materials used:
~ 16x20 pre-primed canvas
~ Torn strips of muslin
~ Mod podge
~ Modeling paste
~ Dyan Reavely's Ranger Dylusions Stencil - Dotted Flowers DYS34018
~ Golden acrylics
~ Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso
~ Washi tape
~ Drywall tape
~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink
~ Charcoal Pencil
~ Faber Castell Big Brush Black Pitt Pen

This canvas actually started months ago. I tore the strips of muslin and glued them down and then it just sat, and sat, and sat. I knew the general idea of what I wanted to do, but I got scared. I was afraid it wouldn't turn out like it looked in my head.

Well, in 2013 I have decided to CREATE every day. And to do that, you have to just do and have no fears. Well, that meant starting with my unfinished project. So, on January 1st, I started this canvas.

Here are the steps:
1) Prime muslin strips with gesso. Dry.
2) Add modeling paste with favorite stencil. Dry.
3) Start adding favorite colors around canvas. Dry.
4) Add tapes around edges with a little mod podge and some yellow paint.
5) Add more paint. Dry.
6) Decide to add a heart right in the middle of canvas. SCARY!! Dry.
7) Add charcoal pencil around heart. Smudge.
8) Add distress ink.
9) Color in a few circles with gesso for no reason at all.
10) Write and stamp saying.
11) Add more distress ink.
12) Spray entire canvas with gloss fixative.

 I would like to say, it was that easy, but that would be lying. A lot more steps of "walk away and think" should probably be added to that list. LOL

Well, like I said above, I don't really care if you like what I painted, because I do. To me, that is what true art should be - something we love so much that we don't care if someone else likes it or not.

I do hope this inspires you to go out
and create some of your own art, and I pray you LOVE IT!!!

Here are a few pictures of "With My Whole Heart" by Lori Batronis.
You can see the colors from different angles and the up close texture in some of these:

Be inspired, and create everyday!!


sandee said...

Love all the textures and colors, it is a wonderful piece! I have a lot of "walk away moments and think" time when I'm working on something. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Tanya said...

You done an awesome job on this! Love it :)

Anna said...

I absolutely adore this!! It is so vibrant and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it with us! I can fully relate to that fear of it not being just as we envision...but we must learn to trust, because in the end it will turn out the way it is MEANT to be.

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Shoshi said...

Well, Lori, I don't know about anyone else, but I love it!! I adore the colours, the textures, and the sentiment. Mushy? Who cares! It's gorgeous.


Laurart said...

WOW...WOW...WOW!!! That is amazing! I wish I could paint like that but I just can't. I have tried but it never goes how I want it to....That is so beautiful Love Laura xxxx

MaryH said...

Lori, I don't do 'altered art', mixed media or anything but cards. I have friends who do, though, so I can say honestly, this is a beautiful piece. I can see you worked hard & put a lot of thought into your art, and it shows. I've watched (and heard...LOL) enough struggles from my buddies about the creativity process in this media, so I know it is a time-consuming process. You can be so proud of your finished work, and I'm sure you & DH will love it for many years to come. Thanks for sharing, and explaining the how-to's. It's just lovely--so much color, so much texture. Says LOVE.

Sara Jansen said...

I absolutely do love it....so many subtle shades, textures and so big!! Good for you. I'm about up to a 10 x 10 or 9 x 12 size!! Great work

peggy gatto said...

what a happy glorious painting!!!

Sandy said...

I so agree if you love it its all that matters but I just love it as well.. What's not to love about all those bright colors and that beautiful big heart and the wonderful sentiment that just says love to me.. Just awesome, well done..
Sandy :)

Craftychris said...

oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love love love it! It is going to look amazing on your wall xx

MicheleC said...

I can totally see why you love this piece. First it's amazing. One of my favorite parts is your use of color and how they blend all together. Not to mention the texture and modeling paste . . (my list could go on and on.) This is a masterpiece! The story just makes it that much better. Excellent job. You need to let that fear go more often if these are the results. WOW!

angie said...

this is AMAZING!!!

Jean said...

Wow !!!! Not much else to say!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amazing!!! I LOVE the rich colors and texture, as well as the feeling of depth and light that you were able to achieve in this piece. Brian's and your love and devotion for each other is evident through it. Blessings!

Charlene said...

Wow...amazing texture. I adore this!!

Gibby Frogett said...

what can I say other than....LOVE IT... gorgeous colours, textures, design and words ...Gill x

Nelle said...

Hi Lori, I can see why you love this so much, it really is a work of art. In the future i may venture on to canvas,but baby steps for me right now. I love to alter everyday things into ....anything my mood takes me.
I love what you are doing.
Nelle xx