Embrace the Mess

I am taking Kelly Rae Roberts’ virtual class called Hello Soul Hello Mantras because I love her mixed media artwork. Mixed media is outside my comfort zone and embarking on this journey requires that I embrace the mess of the process and uncertainty of getting there. So my mantra throughout is “Embrace the mess.”

I started with a blank canvas, perfectly white, unspoiled and tidy. The first step is to experiment with water dripped fluid acrylic paint, smooshing it around and brayering it. The result is a simple still unified look but with little depth, sort of a one and done.

Step One in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Step One in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Not being afraid to let go of this stage meant moving on to adding paper, ribbon and other sources of texture recursively. I can’t even recognize the starting image in this next step.

Step Two in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Step Two in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Then more. The dots pulled forward.

Step Two in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Step Two Point Five in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Then it was back to adding more paint, then more collage then more paint, going back and forth until I found some amount of cohesion. See the new dark blue areas?

Step Three in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Step Three in Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Then it was on to adding the text:

Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I couldn’t quite accept the mess of having the two SS’s so far away from the ME, so with one last change, it’s done:

Final Version: Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Final Version: Embrace the Mess by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I can’t wait to start the next one!

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