As promised, today I have some very different and special projects to share with you and introduce the Artist behind them.
Sue Smyth is another one of those special people I have come to know over the past 6 years or more. We first worked together, when she was the editor of a magazine that published my work. We have done trade events, shows, expos and cruises together. We always have fun together and I have spent quite a few hours in her Aladdin's Cave of a studio.
She is an amazing artist and her work is outstanding. Every art piece she makes must take her hours to create - so much detail in every project, they often end up as a treasure hunt. I call it the "where's Wally" style of scrapbooking. Every time you look you find something new tucked away underneath something else. Sue does layers and layers of mixed media techniques before she even adds all her treasures and precious bits and pieces on top.
I am inspired by her work, it is the "eclectic-ness" of her style that holds so much appeal for me.
This photo shows some of the independent pieces Sue has clustered or layered together on top of her canvas. Each piece has to be painted or have a finish put on it before Sue can add them to her canvas. Once everything is on, I am sure Sue goes over the top of every piece adding highlights.
This is one of Sue's Layouts, you can see her confidant use of colour and strong elements that if not use correctly could over shadow her photo.
But with Sue's background as a Trained Artist, she is able to create a layout that is balanced perfectly and with just the right amount embelishments to keep you wanting to look at it again and again.
This little cutie of a canvas would make the perfect baby boy present.
I love the background Sue has created on her canvas. She has used textured paste on her chipboard clouds to give them a fluffy feel. The chipboard train is just stunning, it has a vintage feel to it with an almost pearl like finish. Her use of yellow on her sun is just inspiring along with the sequins and metal star. Again an eclectic mix of bits and pieces that Sue with her years of designing has made to work beautifully together.
I am delighted to have Sue back on our team for 2018. I have shown you only a small sample of Sue's work and I am sure you are going to be inspired by what she creates for us this year.
Please feel free to leave Sue a personal welcoming message.
Back tomorrow with another one of our super talented design team ladies.
Thanks for looking