I bought 1,000 pieces of silver tinsel, and this is what I did with it. A three-part 6 x 9 mixed media piece inspired by Zion National Park, which I am thrilled to send off to its new home with a dear friend. Also, I developed many lessons learned for collaging tinsel, if you ever find yourself in that situation.
Texture. The rock faces at various parts in Zion are crazy. The Earth did that. The first layer of this piece is an oil pastel resist of this rock face's texture.
Color. Zion is famous for the quality of its light. We went in February, which was a surprisingly great idea. The watercolor on this piece is inspired by this mountain river.
Collage. The most striking thing of the whole experience, to me, was how all of the trees looked like shining silver in their February nakedness. They were barely starting to bud, which added to the effect. I've been trying to figure out how to capture this since then, and, well, then came tinsel.