Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I JUST realized it's the last day of January. I can't believe how fast this art a day went!
Monday, January 30, 2012
Wanted to color block it but the blue ... oh the blue .... really BAD idea and normally I would have trashed it, but I'm working on keeping going, working through mistakes or things I don't like, so....
Added some black and white to bring out details and am pleasantly surprised. Detail shots:
Lovin' all those layers and textures!
Although I didn't post something every day this month, I did work on something creative every day. Once again this place proved invaluable in getting me jump started for the year after the holiday lull. It's such a positive, supportive group - I really appreciate all the time folks took to leave comments and encouragement. Here's to a productive, creative 2012 for all of us!
|a wild and crazy doodle, original|
|Wild & crazy doodle, colored & textured in PS|
The image was sketched with ball point pen on a lined tablet. (I've got enough art supplies, and still I reach for whatever's closest.) I colorized and manipulated the doodle in Photoshop, and then added texture with the crosshatch filter.
Well I didn't get a lot done, but as of tonight these two main pieces are finished for the most part, a few small things. I got distracted Saturday after buying a smart phone (of which I am not smart enough to use, hence I accidentally called someone Sunday night while at Famous Daves. Didn't even know I made a call till 20 hours later.. LOL sorry Bobi... ) Anyway, tonight, Monday I have two finished paintings. The square one is "Dreamcatcher 5" 24 x24 Acrylic, the other is "Space Cave 5" (unless someone has better title) it is 24 x 30 Acrylic. We will see what I get done on Tuesday :)) I added the bridge and the whole bottom part, I got so involved I forgot to stop and photograph. :) Then added some ivy and more planets in the Dreamcatcher. Of which the Bright orange one in front of the window will be toned down a tad.
Pieces for an upcoming BookArt show in March - my BA-BR series. Four pieces (3 completed) utilizing 95% of Book 2, BA - BR of a 1968 Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia set.
The last piece will be "Do-it", (words from a portion of the cover) a small, chunky book with the It's fun to repair a broken book, article from the book, resized to fit its new format.
Left to Right:
*Bookend, sculpture, the bottom 1" of Book 2
*A Home Without Books... approx 14 x 4 x 9"
*Popular, a composite of page parts from Book 2, gives a glimpse of the text and the era.
Detail of A Home Without Books...
Etched around the base reads, "A Home Without Books Is Like A House Without Windows"
I'm getting a bit freaked about what I don't have done for the show. If you're local, please check out the show - March, Allied Arts Gallery. Bookart is an exquisite art form, the most intimate and engaging I've experienced. There's no easy way to explain the form, it's best experienced. Our BookArt group will acts as docents throughout the show to discuss and make available the books to hold and experience.
I'm kicking myself in the butt--I spent two hours painstakingly cutting about 2mm off the bottom of something I wanted to use in this project and then realized I had a whole page of notes I wrote last night about how to avoid spending all the time I had just spent doing all that sawing (and breaking four saw blades).
So, I'm determined to finish this project tonight, and I still have to go to class and then the gym. Late night, I guess.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Today while perusing the many offerings at Craft Warehouse, I happened into the alcohol ink aisle and down the rabbit hole I went. With so many pending projects that need attention, I can scarce afford to point myself in another direction.... but with it's similarity to watercolor, I gave it the green light. After a short while, my day's dilly-dally moment became another expressive piece in my newest "Wings" series. These seemingly disjointed pieces will somehow come together into a wonderful expression of all things winged.
How to do it? You need a slick surface paper, like Yupo (I used drafting acetate). Water doesn't work too well with the inks, so keep them pretty much away. I did a lot of dripping from the fine tipped bottles of ink and watched mesmerized as the blobs took on a life of their own--mixing with other colors and pushing them out of the way. I used a brush too on the edges and a paper towel for blending. Also a Sharpie and extremely fine tipped archival marker was used to create some stippling and edges. I'm sure there are more advanced techniques, like spraying or using other mediums for resists, etc. Will have to discover more next time.
|Brilliant alcohol inks, in a "wing" format|
I have been busy this last week but computer issues and a minor injury to my left hand have kept me from posting. The injury occurred at the storage unit where I was trying to get to some art supplies that got buried on the bottom and at the back of the storage space. I managed to cut myself across the top of my knuckle and so needed a brace to keep my finger from bending and opening the wound, hence the emery board brace.
However, I was able to create 2 more bowls, both smaller than the first, and attempt a drawing of my cell phone before hurting myself. I also had time to fill a page of fun doodles and, last night, while feeling no pain I drew the source of my painlessness. :)
PixelDustPhotoArt in this image.
Not all my digital art experimentation is so abstract - I just find these interesting and fun to do. But a lot can be done with a single image as well...
I love how the texture added a more vintage feeling to my photo of Gasworks Park in Seattle.
The problem is, as with any form of art, I start sitting in front of my computer and before you know it, hours have gone by and I have files open everywhere, my back is aching, but my creative brain is still churning. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy this kind of art-making as well as the hands on kind.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I think I need to get a Dremel. My husband is of the opinion that the texturing needs to look "more like I intended it to look that way." I'm still trying to figure that one out. I think he means I need to polish it more. OTOH, he didn't get the fact that I was deliberately mixing metals. Anyway. My bit of creativity for the day/week, odd and/or pointless as it is.