Trish McKinney gave a demonstration to the F.A.A. members on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Trish McKinney gave a demonstration to the F.A.A. members on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Trish McKinney spoke to the F.A.A. members on Tuesday March 1, 2016.

Trish McKinney spoke to the F.A.A. members on Tuesday March 1, 2016.

Trish McKinney discusses her line of Eco-Prints during her presentation Tuesday night.

Trish McKinney discusses her line of Eco-Prints during her presentation Tuesday night.

A sample of Trish's work.

A sample of Trish’s work.

Another example of Trish McKinney's work. A painting of one of her three daughters.

Another example of Trish McKinney’s work. A painting of one of her three daughters.

A portrait of two of Trish's daughters playing together. She frequently uses her family members as models.

A portrait of two of Trish’s daughters playing together. She frequently uses her family members as models.

Trish discusses her work, using this painting as an example.

Trish discusses her work, using this painting as an example.

Trish reinventing a painting on Tuesday evening.

Trish reinventing a painting on Tuesday evening.

Trish discusses techniques and materials during her demo Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Trish discusses techniques and materials during her demo Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

 

Trish used this painting to illustrate he approach to creating artwork

Trish used this painting to illustrate he approach to creating artwork

A lovely example of artwork by Trish McKinney.

A lovely example of artwork by Trish McKinney.

 

Trish McKinney gave a demonstration of re-discovering the beauty in discarded artwork in her presentation “Rebirth & Re-imagine”. Trish has found that an artist can re-use work that may have been set aside as not meeting the standards set for oneself. ¬†She uses mixed media techniques to turn rejected paintings into something new and exciting, to reinvent the surface of a painting into a “playground of inspiration”. In this way, nothing need be wasted in regards to one’s artwork.

She used a discarded painting as an example of her process. She uses stencils of her own design to apply patterns on top of a painting. She then applies gesso over the stencil(s), spreading the gesso over the surface with a plastic card (such as a credit card) and a scratch tool or a paper towel to provide texture. She will on occasion, cut up a large work into smaller pieces and then use this technique. She uses Golden Fluid Acrylic as a medium, using the acrylic paint like watercolor. “Those who look for beauty will find it”, even in trash – your discarded artwork. Trish’s “Blessings Collection” has been developed using this idea of rebirth, and is now her most popular collection.