Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist
Victoria mixed media artist, Blythe Scott’s, artwork depicts the wonder, beauty, and emotional essence of the places she has been. Originally from Scotland, Blythe is drawn to the textures of the urban landscape, frequently scaling rocky hills and parking garages to get a birds eye view of the landscapes she wishes to portray.
We visited Blythe in her home studio to learn about her approach to art making, capturing her process from venturing out into the city with a sketchbook and camera, to developing her work with paint, found objects, and intuitive vigor!
Watch Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist above and see her creativity unfold, as she paints with brushes and tools (from twigs to chopsticks to her hands), bringing movement and colour to her surface and the world.
Interested in some of the products Blythe uses?
Golden Heavy Body Acrylics
FW Acrylic Ink
Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours
St. Petersburg Assorted Watercolours Set
Cradled Wood Panels
Opus Legato Brushes
Simply Simmons XL Brushes
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Looking to experiment in mixed media? Why not begin practicing on Canson XL Mix Media Pads and using both Colour Shapers and Catalyst Silicone Blades & Wedges to blend and move your paint in unique, fun ways!
Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist
Growing up with parents who were artists, in a home where aesthetics were discussed on a daily basis, Blythe Scott, a painter practicing in Victoria by way of Scotland, feels her identity was predetermined. Watching Blythe paint, her lifelong identity as an artist is illustrated with exuberance. “I’m not a clean, tidy painter by any means. I love to be physically involved with the paint,” she says, “scraping it, applying it with my fingers, or attacking it in anyway I can.”
Blythe typically begins her work on a wooden panel, using everything from art materials to hardware store finds to rough up and disrupt the surface. “Typically I’ll have layers that are shiny, matte, textured, with some layers combining all of those things.” While setting up the foundation of her pieces, Blythe gravitates towards rough, larger materials – anything that makes a mark, or a texture. Next, she adds colour. Starting by applying acrylics liberally, she’ll often add layers of collage before getting to the finer layers, where she uses smaller tools and fluid materials.
“Being a mixed media artist, it’s important to understand your media individually, to understand their properties and what you can put on top of what, archivally.”
Though she determines her creative process intuitively, Blythe always takes the technical aspects of her media into consideration. For example, using oil and acrylic paints in one painting is possible, but only when applied in the correct order to avoid cracking when the paints dry and possible peeling over time.
Or trying new things, like splashing spirit alcohol into watercolours, to disperse the colour and create concentric circles for a fish–eye effect. When you’re used to using one material, you can generally predict what’s going to happen. “When you start mixing materials, you just have to open yourself up to things going pretty badly or surprisingly well!” she says.
“What excites me in the real world – and in my pieces – is a lack of consistency, a lack of uniformity. When you mix other materials together it really increases the chance that you’ll create a more surprising surface that is dynamic and lively. Personally, I think mixed media is a very direct route to ensuring that there is a liveliness in the surface and a reason to look closer.” •
For more of Blythe’s artwork, visit her website: www.blythescott.com