Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Batik Tulips~WIP

This is as far as I got before the big 'boom' and the flames. I used artist's tape to mask the areas I wish to keep white in hopes it will not allow any bleed as I add the next layers of color. I will be switching to a regular brand of masking tape to complete the painting. Bleeds will be desirable now. Just a note: I really have no idea what I'm doing yet. This should be interesting.

My working drawing.

Here I ramped up the contrast in my photo editor and greyscaled the image to get a better handle on the values.

This is a crop of a photo submitted by Lorenz on Paint My Photo. I cropped it quite a bit to create a macro.

I've been so impressed by Sandy Maudlin's masking tape batik watercolor paintings I decided to try my hand at it. See Sandy's batik poppy Here and the work of some of her students Here.

I chose to try tulips as my first subjects. Fairly simple shapes to contend with. For my reference I'm using a photo submitted by Lorenz on Paint My Photo, a site I found and joined through Facebook where photographers and artists share their work without worries of copyright violation. I haven't gotten very far yet as my hair dryer decided to burst into flames when I was drying the first wash so until I replace it, it'll be slow going.


maggie said...

Big boom and flames??????....doesn't sound so good......the painting however, I will be watching;)

Billie Crain said...

Ok...more like a very loud 'POP', then flames. I knew that dryer was on it's last legs. I just didn't expect it to go out in such a dramatic fashion.

I'm not sure how this painting will turn out but I will post my results no matter what the outcome, Maggie. Stay tuned.......

Unknown said...

Billie, so much info in this post! First of all, what an interesting technique! I can't wait to try it!
Second thanks for the links to Sandy's blog and to the works of her students. Stunning!! Now I'm off to check out "Paint my Photo". Sounds interesting!

Billie Crain said...

Sandy has some wonderful techniques on her blog, Patty. She's an amazing and very creative artist. She's also very forthcoming with her 'how-to's. Gotta love a really good artist that's so generous.

PMP is a great site. I'm so happy I found it. You'll love it.:)