New Year, New Opportunities (New Mixed Media Painting)

New Year, New Opportunities (New Mixed Media Painting)
New Year New Opportunities painting New Year, New Opportunities (mixed media) by Polly Castor

Here I tried my new walnut ink and I have to say, I love it. While I cogitate on new pastel directions, I’m having fun mixing media in new ways. This piece includes watercolor (including shimmery and graphite ones, with watercolor crayon), with opaque gouache, and transparent walnut ink.

Each year starts with new possibilities, and this piece highlights that, painted in new ways, with some new toys. Done on fabulous A3 Seawhite paper my sister gave me for Christmas, it is 14.5″ x 16.5,” an odd size that stems from being European, and figured in centimeters. I’m loving this paper’s beefiness and absorbency; it is smooth in texture, taking wet media well with no need for stretching, and look forward to using it again.

The advantage of these materials is that not only are they fun and complimentary, but especially at this size, originals can be sold at a reasonable price point. This image makes a great phone case too!

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Above, see the whole painting titled New Year, New Opportunities, and below see close-up detailed photos of it.  What do you think?






I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

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  1. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago


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