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Bronze Guitar

by swiftriverarts , January 27, 2011—12:00 AM

Topics: GUITAR, Palmer MA, collage, mixed media

This is the first in a new series of guitars, inspired by my youngest son who is a musician. This painting and several others will be on display at the Palmer (MA) Public Library from February 1 - 28, 2011 in a solo exhibit… Continue reading… 2 comments


by swiftriverarts , July 17, 2010—06:53 AM

Topics: collage, mixed media

I'm taking at painting class this summer at Holyoke Community College and this is one of the pieces I've done. it's about 30 _ 30. I really like mixed media work, and have included paint, newsprint, scrapbook paper, various texture mediums, and a final coat of clear gloss medium… Continue reading… 1 comment


by swiftriverarts , August 2, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: collage, create, mood

One of the things I love about doing collage is the intuitive, organic flow in the process of creating. I gather paper, glue, glitter glue, and simply begin tearing and arranging, picking different papers to add to the mood I'm trying to create. Usually I'm working on 5 or 6 collages at the same time, moving from one to the next as I see the connections in the paper… Continue reading… 4 comments

This summer I took a painting class at the community college where I teach in the human services program. In class we did a lot of still life paintings, and I learned a lot. However, I often felt very constrained by the assignments in class, so I knew my final project would move away from the order and structure of class. This is the final project for my painting class. It__™s a 42″ square, as yet untitled. My inspiration was the dried paint on palette paper___it seemed wasteful to just throw it away, and sometimes the dried paint was really lovely in design. So I began saving my own palette papers, and rescuing the palette papers that other students had thrown away. Then I decided to soak the layers of dried paint off the wooden palettes in the painting studio… Continue reading… 3 comments


by swiftriverarts , June 6, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: collage, mixed media

This mixed media collage - acrylic paint with paper flowers - was a lot of fun to make… Continue reading… 0 comments

The theme of the upcoming show at the Portsmouth Artists Guild in Portsmouth, RI is "Imagine Yellow." This is one of 3 works I'm submitting. It's a mixed media collage with acrylic and watercolor paint, fabric, paper, ribbon, fake flowers, glitter glue, and the word "imagine" in several different typefaces scattered across the surface. It's 24 _ 24 _ 3. The support is a recycled store display. My sister works in a women's retail clothing store and when they switch floor layouts they just throw these things away. She rescues them for me! It's really heavy cardboard with a surface that is canvas-like. I first painted it with Kilz to cover up the picture that was on it, then covered it with tissue paper for a textured foundation… Continue reading… 0 comments

Vocanic Eruption

by swiftriverarts , April 11, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Abstract Expressionism, collage, mixed media

This piece was accepted into the Monson Arts Council "GAIA" Spring Show. It's is mixed media on mat board… Continue reading… 0 comments


by swiftriverarts , April 10, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Abstract Expressionism, Portsmouth Arts Guild, collage

This paper collage was recently accepted into the Portsmouth Artists Guild's "Works on Paper" Exhibit. It is 5 _ 7 matted to 8 _ 10… Continue reading… 0 comments

This paper and watercolor collage has also been accepted into the Portsmouth Artists Guild's "Works on Paper" Exhibit… Continue reading… 0 comments

Work in progress

by swiftriverarts , February 15, 2009—05:40 PM

Topics: Abstract Expressionism, collage, mixed media

Lately I've been working with little 6" _ 6" or 4" _ 4" canvases. Yesterday I began working on a 4' x 4' piece of masonite. My husband built a frame for it to provide stability. I began by gluing sheets of paper, canvas and bit of fabric in a patchwork fashion onto the masonite. Now I'm adding paint, and other embellishments to this collage painting - this photo is the work in progress. I'll post more as I go along - who knows what it will look like when I finish… Continue reading… 1 comment