Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fireworks Mixed Media Artwork

We created firework artwork using watercolor and acrylic paint.

In Germany there is one day per year when fireworks are allowed. When the New Year begins most families emerge from the house and light off loads of highly explosive fireworks. For hours on end the booming goes on in surround sound. Fireworks are launched in cul de sacs, fields, and neighborhood intersections. Ordinary citizens light the type of fireworks reserved for the fire department in my hometown. The celebration is followed by a week of greeting all friends and acquaintances with "Happy New Year" and kisses on each cheek.

After watching the show, we attempted to capture what we witnessed in paintings. Using watercolor paper, watercolor paint, acrylic paint and two days the following images were created.

The silhouettes of trees and houses were sketched as we saw them from our safe viewing location in a farm field.

Watercolor paint was used to fill in the sky with a dark greyish hue intermixed with regions of faint color.

After the watercolor dried, black acrylic paint was used to fill the dark silhouetted areas.

Next, brightly colored fireworks were added with acrylic paint. The above photo shows my 13 year old daughter's finished piece.

The finished firework artwork of my 8 year old daughter.

 My piece before fireworks.

My piece after fireworks.

 My 11 year old son's work before fireworks.

 My 11 year old son's work after fireworks. (My personal favorite.)
He has such a different view of the world than I do. It's often very interesting to see what he produces.

 Happy 4th of July!

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