The Art of Using Mixed Media

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Vivian Maier was a great street photographer who took many photos of children (and homeless people and socialites) just going about their day to day business

Her photos are truly fascinating and weren’t really discovered until she passed away. Some lucky person bought a storage locker full of her negatives and photos

Unfortunately these days, there are much more strict model release guidelines and you can’t just take random pictures without model releases from parents being signed and you need written permission to sell art or reprints if the person is recognizable

It’s too much of a hassle and I just don’t have the time for it

But I still love photographing kids being kids, wild and free and spontaneous at play, when they are not ‘posing’ for a picture

If their face is recognizable you generally can’t use the photos for resale

So in order to be in compliance with these guidelines on selling platforms, I have eliminated the whole identity crisis from all of my imagery and had to come up with creative ways to sell my art with kids on them, disguising them so they can’t be recognized

One way of doing this is to use mixed media and mixed processes digitally

You can create negatives, but they don’t always turn out great, you can spend hours photo-shopping & editing, but I just don’t have the time

I have found that using different Art processes and techniques together with my Photography can get some pretty decent results

I like these for notecards & Stationery

(yep for us old timers who still like a hand-written cards in the mail, there are still some of us around, though we are a dying breed)

They still capture the essence of kids being carefree, wild and crazy and are something ‘different’

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Something on a Stick Day

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©2017KDArtStudio

I love food on a stick, especially for birthdays or football parties

They are usually the first to go

Here are my original recipes

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Sticks

Recipe: Asian Beef Skewers

Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Recipe: Satay Pork Skewers

Recipe: Satay Pork Skewers

Super Easy Appetizer, Great Finger Food for any Birthday or Football Party


Credit: An Original Recipe by KDArtStudio©2017


Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Pork Loin
  • 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce

You will also need Bamboo Skewers

Satay Sauce:

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tsp Curry Powder

Directions

  1. Cut Pork into 1″x3″ Strips
  2. Marinate in Teriyaki Sauce for 1 hour
  3. Heat Non Stick Skillet med-high
  4. Lay marinated Pork strips flat
  5. Cook until brown on one side
  6. Turn and cook on the other side
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Add skewer to cooked strips
  9. Mix Satay Sauce ingredients together in a small bowl
  10. Serve skewers with Satay dipping sauce while hot

  • Use chicken or steak instead of pork
  • You can gently warm sauce

This recipe is Copyright protected and may not be shared or used
in any commercial manner for sale or reproduction

Any Pins or social media sharing of recipe
must link back to this page and include
©2017 KDArtStudio

RECIPE: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Great Food on a Stick Appetizer for any Birthday, Football Holiday Party


Credit: An Original Recipe by KDArtStudio©2017

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless, skinless Chicken breasts

Teriyaki Sauce:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons mirin
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

You will also need Bamboo Skewers
(Soak in water so they don’t burn when cooking)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F
  2. Put all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for three minutes
  4. Remove from heat and strain over a pyrex dish or container(make sure you have a firm fitting lid for it) using a fine sieve
  5. Place chicken strips in sauce container/dish, put lid firmly on and Toss and turn until all chicken is coated
  6. Marinate in fridge for an hour
  7. Remove chicken and thread on skewers
  8. Grill skewers under outdoor grill for best results


If cooking Indoors:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes turning halfway through cooking time

  • This recipe is Copyright protected and may not be shared or used in any commercial manner for sale or reproduction

    Any Pins or social media sharing of recipe must link back to this page and include ©2017KDArtStudio

    RECIPE: Asian Beef Skewers

    Great Food on a Stick for any Birthday, Football or Holiday Party


    Credit: An Original Recipe by KDArtStudio©2017

    Ingredients

    • 1 Lb Milanese Beef (Very thin sliced)
    • (or You could use flank steak & Pound It Thin)
    • 2 Tsp Oyster Sauce
    • 4 Tsp Low-Sodium Soy
    • 4 Tsp Dry Cooking Sherry
    • 1 Tsp Bicarb Soda
    • 1 Tsp Cornflour


    Directions

    1. Cut steak into strips
    2. In a large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl add Oyster Sauce, Soy, Sherry, Bicarb and Cornflour
    3. Mix until smooth and lump free with a fork
    4. Place beef in marinade and toss until all meat is coated
    5. Marinate meat covered in fridge for 3 hours
    6. When Meat has been marinated and is ready to cook, Soak skewers in water so they won’t burn when cooking
    7. Preheat Broiler 400F
    8. Thread Beef Strips on Skewers and lay on flat oven proof dish or tray
    9. Cook 3-4 mins on top oven rack
    10. then turn with skewers
    11. Cook another 3-4 Mins


    This recipe is Copyright protected and may not be shared or used
    in any commercial manner for sale or reproduction


    Any Pins or social media sharing of recipe
    must link back to this page and include
    ©2017 KDArtStudio

    RECIPE: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Sticks

    Great Food on a Stick Finger Food Appetizer for any Birthday, Football or Holiday Party


    Credit: An Original Recipe by KDArtStudio©2017

    Ingredients

    • 1 Skinless, boneless Chicken Breast per person
    • 1 lb bacon
    • Parsley flakes
    • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth


    Directions

    1. Soak wooden Skewers in Water
    2. Cut chicken into cubes and Soak in chicken broth for 1 hour in fridge
    3. Preheat oven to 400F
    4. Skewer chicken cubes and Wrap each skewer of chicken in bacon
    5. Make sure bacon ends are on the underside
    6. Place wrapped chicken in baking dish
    7. Cook 15-20 mins
    8. To crisp bacon, preheat skillet and pan fry after taking out of oven, turning over as you go to crisp each side



    This recipe is Copyright protected and may not be shared or used
    in any commercial manner for sale or reproduction

    Any Pins or social media sharing of recipe
    must link back to this page and include
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    Aesthetic

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    Aesthetic – Daily Prompt

    What is aesthetically beautiful to one person, may not be so to another.  My husband & I have very different aesthetics, he likes old, traditional, familiar things, I prefer abstract, modern, alternative things, something that’s “different” and new and makes you see things in a new way

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    I have been selling my art online for many years and I remember showing my husband some of my more abstract works over the years and remember him saying “I don’t get it”…it didn’t make sense to him…he couldn’t visualize what I was seeing.  His “literal” vantage point didn’t allow him to think or see outside the box

    I think for the most part “life” is the same way.  We only see things from our limited perspective and viewpoint.  What is beautiful and endearing to one, is chaotic and a mess to someone else

    I always loved Abstract artists like Kandinsky growing up, his work fascinated me from a very young age…I loved trying to see things from his viewpoint, what was going on in his mind when he created certain pieces

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    I always felt I never fit ‘in the box’ whether it comes to life in general or to my artwork.

    I prefer to think there is no box…One of my favorite sayings is

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    Photo Challenge: Creativity

    ©2017 KDArtStudio

    30 Photo Challenges: Creativity

    I love this one! Most readers who have been following my Blog (Thank you, I see you…) know by now that I love combining my photography with art

    Photos can be dull and boring and then take on a whole new life of their own when you least expect it

    Most of my art is never planned, the majority is by accident, if you are open minded and just let your creativity take you wherever it wants to go, you can get some awesome art

     

    This first set were all done using a method of combining two of my original photos together to see what I could come up with

    It was totally intentional, yet the results were not

    Let’s take the first one for example, I won’t bore you with all of them

     

    THE METHOD BEHIND THE ARTISTIC MADNESS:

    It starts with an idea: the Sun behind the clouds, then the layering and rotation of cloud photos, cut out the statue, layer more clouds in front, add some digital cropping add some lighting effects and you get this

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    You could add a Bible Verse “Come to me all ye who are Weary” and you have a great Poster or Card to Sell online

    It all started with a simple idea: I wonder what would happen if I joined two photos together

     

    Here are some others I particularly like, especially the coke bottle, the shadows I have written separate posts about

    Shadow Photo Challenge

    Shadow Art

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    Birds on a Wire, in front of my Moon Photograph, tinted blue with a photo filter in editing

    #A3-Bird on a wire silhouette

    This one started with a golf ball, multiple digital photo editing processes later….you get this,  I love it

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    Then I did series of other creative projects from my Photography like these taken from photos of kids playing at the beach, adding different digital editing photo filters

     

    Then there were these, which I have a post on here

     

    Another Set which I also wrote about here

     

    These ones are available in my online store and I did a separate post on them here

     

    and finally these Accent Photography

     

    oops, Forgot one more Set, The Alphabet Series

    Alphabet Art

     

    As I always say

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    Photo Challenge: Power

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    ©2017 KDArtStudio

    30 Photo Challenges: Power

    This was a hard one for me

    I don’t have many Photos of ‘Power’…

    and I didn’t want to photograph power points & light bulbs

    It was a stretch just puting these ones together

    The power of the Sun

    The power that Knowledge brings

    Power Lines

    The Power that Healthy Food & Sustenance brings to your body

    The Global Power that a Free Democracy can bring

    Power on Appliances

    Sorry, my power is diminishing quickly, I need to recharge (sleep)

    Hopefully tomorrow’s prompt will be more inspiring

    Photo Challenge: Play

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    ©2017 KDArtStudio

    The funny thing about this Photo Challenge is that
    I couldn’t find very many photos of my kids playing at all

    I was probably having a ‘nanna nap’ while they were playing,
    (out of sheer exhaustion)…hehe

    The other reason being, we moved so many times,
    we were always packing up the house
    and unpacking the house, sometimes twice in a year

    I was so busy working while they were growing up,

    I hardly had time to take a shower,
    let alone take photos of them

    All my kids ever liked doing
    was playing their hand held video games,
    going to the movies and reading

    They were both pretty much book nerds and really not into sports at all
    or anything that required them to exert too much physical energy

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    This one pretty much sums it up

    The boys are six years apart in age, the older one is quiet
    but has my wicked sense of humor
    and the younger one likes being the center of attention and is a ratbag

    I love that the gator is sneaking up behind him…lol

    They’d rather be doing this (reading) than tossing a football around

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