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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Self Portrait ~ complete

After tweaks


I finished this yesterday but took a day to give it a good 'look'. I didn't take any more progress shots unfortunately. Once I started painting I was in the zone and didn't stop until I'd almost completed it.

When I started painting I wasn't quite sure what direction I was going to take this. I let the painting tell me instead. Am I happy? I can't say I'm not. It's a bit more cartoon-y than I had envisioned but I see that it's the thicker black outlines that create that effect. I seem to have a tricky face to capture and harsh lines around certain facial features create a loss of likeness. Another thing I need is a better brush for fine line work with acrylics. Too much Micron pen for me. I really didn't want that look however I am very happy that it turned out as well as it did seeing how this is a portrait which I rarely paint and I'm still learning how to work with acrylics. Note to self: maybe less texture next time if I want smooth line work.

I did wind up tweaking this. The missing line work on the face just looked wrong.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Self Portrait ~ WIP







In keeping with the collage portrait theme I'm doing a self portrait. I'm trying to remember to take photos as I work. So far, so good. ;)

Monday, July 03, 2017

A Redheaded Girl




Recently I've been interested in people's faces. Painting them, that is. I did a search of PMP and found some wonderful photos of men, women and young people to use as references and this is my first go. This lovely girl was not a redhead but I felt she should be. In fact I think all women should be a redhead at least once in their lives. I was for about 10 years and I loved every minute.

My approach was to start by adhering bits of tissue paper to my substrate, in this case an 8" x 8" piece of 140# watercolor paper. I wanted to create texture. When all was dry I used a couple of my homemade stamps to stamp most of the surface. I transferred my drawing to my paper, then added pieces of magazine pages to the girl's hair. With my palette in mind I began painting with acrylic paints and this is my result. It turned out the way I had envisioned so I'm pretty satisfied. 
I think for my next project I'm going to do a self portrait. It's something I've never done.


Reference photo courtesy of Neil A. Kingsbury (PMP)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Image Transfer w/Inkjet on Print Paper



I really didn't intend to wait so long between updates. We've experiencing an ongoing heatwave that has raised Cain with my lungs, even with the AC going. Of course the humidity piled on so I've spent the past few weeks just trying to breath. It's almost impossible to focus on art under these circumstances but I did get one new collage completed. I'm calling it 'Bohemian Sunset'. I also tried something completely new.

I was browsing Youtube videos or Pinterest, not sure which and saw mention of using printer paper and a laser printer to create image transfers. ummmm....maybe I can use my ink jet printer instead. Let's see what comes of this.

 Here I've applied a layer of gel medium to a piece of 140# watercolor paper, the reason being I want the layer of gel medium to protect the surface of the wc paper while I rub away the excess printer paper. I used the image of a butterfly, cut out and coated with more gel medium, then laid face down and left to dry.



And this is my result after wetting down the printer paper and rubbing it away. The inkjet ink did transfer. I like it! It's not crisp and clear but it has a funky appeal. Kinda vintage.






I thought this turned out really cool. I printed out the same image three times, then applied them one a time, allowing each to dry completely and applying a coat of gel medium between each addition. Some areas of the images got rubbed away so I added a suggestion of the missing part with Micron pen. Very vintage.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Playing with Matches



Milestone
Gossip

Yes, I was playing with matches. I got the bright idea to burn some painted paper and it turned out pretty cool. I put together this nifty little collage with my results. FYI, if you try this I'd highly recommend you do so in a well ventilated area. I found this out the hard way.



I also got to use my bottle of Windsor Newton burnt sienna ink. Rather than the reddish brown color the name implies this ink is a brilliant shade of vermilion however when it hit a surface it lost it's vibrancy. The only thing that I found that didn't dull the color was white paper towel. Ok! I can work with that. When the paper towel was dry I glued it on to a piece of tracing paper and voila.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Harbor Town




The title of this new collage is Harbor Town. It was inspired by another artist's work actually. I came across a collage while surfing on the 'net' that was full of rectangles and triangles and lots of red, white and blue. I immediately thought of the harbor in my own home town. Charlevoix is a popular summer tourist destination and is loved by natives and tourists alike who own boats because of it's beautiful natural harbor which can be accessed via a short channel and a trip under a draw bridge.

This collage is more representational that my others although I tried to make sure there was just enough wabi sabi to keep it interesting. Yes I learned a new phrase...wabi sabi. 

Ummm...looks like I need to touch those wave crests with some white paint. They look a little yellow on screen.


Monday, May 15, 2017

One Moon / Two Flowers


I don't think this one is complete. It needs something more. I'm just not sure what yet.
A funky little piece.When I added the crystalline paper onto a black background it looked quite dramatic. Btw, the colors are off in this image. It couldn't be helped.

Yes, two new collages. One a concept piece, the other about color. The concept was hatched during a recent cold snap in the area. Someone predicted it would end when the cold Moon had passed. If you live in a northern region you know what that means. Those hard moons and clear night skies that herald a frost. The second collage was about color and letting go. Let the piece drive itself. I gathered bits and scraps of harmonious colored papers and started gluing them down with no plan of action beforehand. When completed it made me think of two flowers in a vase.

Abstract is an interesting way to approach art. On one hand it's freeing because nothing has to look like anything if you don't wish it. No details to fuss over unless you wish it. Sometimes I'm finding too much freedom can be quite scary.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

A Walk in the Woods ~ feathers & bones


This collage features my distressed leather paper.

This collage was inspired by fellow artist and blogger Cecile Gravens' configuration box . I used bits and pieces of various papers to add suggestions of feathers and little bones, pebbles...things one might find and pick up while strolling through the woods. This reminded me of a cigar box I had at one time that I kept my forest 'treasures' in for safe keeping. Funny what will catch an artist's eye. One of my artist FB friends asked the question, "what weird little things do others collect?" She admitted she had an interesting collection of her own. When I took inventory I had a dead bumble bee, a knot of cat hair and an entire bag(or two) of feathers. Ha!