Mixed Media – Faith

Mixed Media – Faith


“What is Faith” is a mixed media abstract canvas that I created just a few weeks ago.  My schedule for the day was to get some marketing done for my website and do some paperwork catch up.  Instead, my heart kept saying, “go get a canvas.”  After much struggling of trying to keep on task, I picked up a canvas, grabbed a bottle of Traditions Texture Medium and began spreading with my palette knife.


Have you ever started to create something and it just happens?  This piece was just that.  Everything flowed from my head and hands.  I feel I have strong faith, but like everyone else, it seems to be tested now and again.  As I went to apply my first layer of color, that even didn’t become a second thought.  Down went my favorite color of late, aqua and the addition of more mixed media.

Mixed Media

It was almost as if something was within me directing what needed to go onto the canvas.  As it neared completion, a feeling I cannot explain came over me.  It was a good, like a sigh, type feeling.  This finished piece was speaking volumes.

What is faith.  What does it mean?

What is faith. What does it mean?

In less than 24 hours, this piece was sold.  It is now finding it’s way to Wisconsin where it will be placed in a hospital room of a 2 year old that is fighting what no little one should.  You can follow his story on Facebook and say some extra prayers for this little guy.

I sincerely believe God was speaking through me on this piece.

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Acrylic Paint – using values to create shape and form

Back to reality!  Acrylic painting with values to create shape and form.

With my love of creating abstract art on canvas with texture and words, I have a tendency to gravitate to that because it fulfills that side of me.  However, sometimes the brushes call me to return to the reality of what brought me to the love for painting.  Creating beautiful pieces that make you want to paint from morning to night.

This is the beginning of a journey creating a peony at the request of a wedding gift.  It’s not the easiest flower to paint (a rose would be easier) but I am so up for the challenge.  I will be approaching it slowly and completing it in a loose, free style.  A white flower is rather difficult because you have to have darker values to show shadows and depth before you can make it white.  In other words, white cannot be made whiter.  Only something of darker value can be made white.  So for this canvas, I decided to start with simple layer of values in grays.

Some of the basic values in gray have been completed.  I find it always helpful to at least get something down to work with.  Once the background has been placed in, I will be able to see what my next layer will be.  Gray is a more cool tone and some warmth will need to be added when the piece nears completion.  It never stops amazing me how values can create form and shape!  At this stage and having some paint in place, it is much easier for me to begin carefully adding the values where they are needed.


The person this is being painted for wants a dark background.  She requested black, however, if I used black it would look like I pasted a wallpaper flower onto the canvas.  I like to see depth even with a dark background by slowly adding glaze layers.  I’ve used a green that has been brush mixed with a warm yellow tone to start with.  Just like the flower, this will need to have several layers before it gets to the value I am looking for.

I will continue to post my progress on this piece in my blogs.  Look for updates soon since it needs to be done in two weeks!  Yikes!


Mission Statement: To use my talents to serve as a communicator, artist and give support.  To inspire and be inspired by those I interact with.  To be driven by values and beliefs.





Mixed Media Art – I want to touch that piece!

Mixed media art has everyone wanting to move their hands over the canvas!

Creating mixed media art has the viewer wanting to touch the piece!

Creating abstracts with texture medium and other mixed media pieces has become my favorite lately.  It is visual and stirs the sense of touch.  By adding words, it can bring the piece also to another level.

As viewers look at this piece, I immediately ask them to really look closely and tell me what you think the tittle is.  They run their fingers over it and check out all the different textures.  I can almost see their eyes move from space to space looking for the words that might give them a clue.  It’s amazing that no one ever comes close to the reason behind the piece!  But, what I love is that they can come up without much ado with what they feel the piece means.  How cool is that!  That is what my goal was and is when creating mixed media art.

This concept was used on these pieces also.  The one created for Emily, my grand baby, is very dear to my heart and hers.  She can tell you what every mark means and what it is telling her.

If you are interested in learning how I create these customized pieces, I do have online classes available that will walk you through all the “how to paint a mixed media piece” with words, symbols, words and different mixed media pieces.  Join me on a journey that will stir your heart to getting it onto canvas.  You will be guided through how to choose a topic, theme or event and then how to apply it to make a great abstract multi media art piece.  The beauty about an online class is that you can paint it at any time, with the best seat in the house.  It’s available 24/7 and my help is just a click away.

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Mission Statement: To use my talents to serve as a communicator, artist and give support.  To inspire and be inspired by those I interact with.  To be driven by values and beliefs.

Inspirational Thoughts – Mine is half full!

Inspirational thoughts are needed today for me to keep a positive attitude.  Is your glass half empty or half full?

1. We must be kind to everyone because their day is probably worse than yours.

2. Many times we do not realize how little things can have so much impact down the road on us and others.

3. Seeds need water and nurturing and God gives us growth.

Put these three thoughts together in your own manner and let’s all try to put faith into action!

My glass is always half full – how about yours?

Thank you, Pastor Phil, for once again giving us inspirational thoughts that will help motivate us for success  as we begin the week.

“Basic Beginnings” DVD is available that will introduce you to how to use furniture paint on furniture, cabinets and trim.  It covers four basic techniques that will introduce you to the paint and help you get started.

“Art is….” DVD is now available.  Walk with me on a journey of mixed media on canvas using burlap.

Maison Blanche Paint workshop will be help Saturday, April 13.  Details are available on my website.

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Mixed Media Art – What? Use burlap?

Using burlap in mixed media art on canvas is a fun way to creative an art project.

As I pondered what to do for my next mixed media abstract piece, burlap kept coming to me.  There are so many different mixed media techniques out there and what can I do different?   It can be a struggle to get your head wrapped around a theme, subject or zero in on a thought.  So choosing a color scheme got me started which led to what is art and why do I so love to create from the heart?  This gave me a subject and off I went creating a piece by adding texture with paint.

My entire thought process was video taped and put onto a DVD. I walk you through creating your own piece – giving you enough information to make your piece personal to you.  It can be purchased from my website.  You an also view a preview of the process on YouTube if you’d like.  

Hugs – Barbara Cassidy

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Mission Statement: To use my talents to serve as a communicator, artist, and give support. To inspire and be inspired by those I interact with.  To be driven by values and beliefs.