La Vie Vintage Mixed Media Collage

Watch this YouTube art tutorial as I create “La Vie”, a vintage-styled mixed media collage on cardboard.

Feathered Friends

My focus in my art right now is on birds.

At first I took a more abstract approach with acrylics on canvas without any photo references as in the “Homeschool” piece below. I think this piece would make a fabulous addition to an children’s illustrated book and ancilliary children’s products with its vibrant colors.

Photo of "Homeschool" Acrylic on 16" x 20" canvas artwork
“Homeschool” Acrylics on 16″ X 20″ canvas
Photo close up of "Homeschool" Acrylics on 16" x 20" canvas artwork
Close up of “Homeschool”
Another close up of “Homeschool”
Yet, another, close up…

Then, I switched media from acrylics to pen and watercolor pencils on watercolor paper for a doodled look.

“Birds” Watercolor Pencils and pen on 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor paper

After “winging it” (get it…birds…winging. it.), I decided to go to the library to find a book with reference photos of birds. The library did not disappoint. I found “Artist’s Photo Reference: Birds” by Bart Rulon. That’s where my inspiration came for this illustrated page on the American Avocet.

“American Avocet” Watercolor pencils and pen on 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor paper
Close up photo of the American Avocet with summer plummage illustration
Close up photo of American Avocet illustration in resting pose

Stay tuned for more artwork as I fly by the seat of my pants on this creative journey.

Creatively Yours,

Rachael Caskey

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