Mixed media artist Paige Hirsch creates unique abstracts, following her intuitive feelings and using a strong color sense. Visit her website to learn more about Paige and her process.
Each of my mixed-media paintings and collages start with a specific color palette. I add paint, I add paper, I remove paint, I remove paper. I cover some elements to let others shine.
My process involves a back-and-forth play between spontaneous intuitive addition and subtraction and careful deliberation and intention.
I make a decision and a move and then the painting reveals something new to respond to. It presents a new challenge. It requires trust in my own intuitive responses and a willingness to trust the process.
As I build up the layers different options appear. Sometimes I am led to paint a floral but most times I feel the need to paint a truly abstract piece. I never know when I begin.
I get into the moment and let my intuition lead the way. I love painting abstracts, mixed-media pieces because the outcome is endless. I am not required to follow any rules or to make something representational.
I have a strong color sense and I love letting the colors play with each other. Some combinations are bold, some more serene, but each palette is the perfect choice for each piece.
My paintings almost always include pieces of my own hand-painted or collaged papers. These add unique elements to each of my mixed-media paintings and collages.
I also use various texture mediums to add additional visual interest. Sometimes the texture is a major design element, sometimes more subtle. Hand-drawn ink design elements are crucial to the success of most of my original paintings. I truly want each of my pieces to be original and distinctively my own.
I strive to continuously grow as an artist and each finished painting pushes me farther in my growth. I love being an artist and hope that you can see that in each of my pieces.