Monday, October 31, 2011

Experimental Painting

Dancing Gisha, Mixed Media and Watercolor on Canvas

I began experimenting with paint media in college as a topic for one of my first graduate courses in watercolor.  I had seen my mother, Louise Butler  do all kinds of non-traditional type things with her paintings that sold in her gallery and wanted to begin to "think out of the box" in my use of media. 

This began my journey and true love with painting with "new" or different methods of working.  My favorite contemporary artist who has published the bible on experimental watermedia painting is  Maxine Masterfield;  Painting the Spirit of Nature.  In 1991 Maxine Masterfield and Grace Hegeman founded ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists).  If you want to try your hand at experimenting with media check out this book or web site!