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Beth Larsen   Studio #3   433 El Dorado Drive NW

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I love painting in acrylics and creating mixed media works. My paintings are inspired by the natural world around me.  I’ve explored many iterations of abstracted fantasy flowers, some with imagined birds. Fused fabric bits that I’ve created are making their way into my abstracts.

For the past year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with the cyanotype  process as a foundation for my paintings. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process using chemically treated paper to create images.  Engineers in the early 20th century used the process to create blueprints.  Many artists now use the process with their own twists.

I’ve created these artworks by using paper treated with cyanotype chemicals.  I select plant specimens and carefully arrange them on the papers, often times wet them , then place them in the strong New Mexico sun to process.  Next steps include washing, bleaching, and toning, followed by enhancing the prints with glazes of color. The result is always a surprise.