Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW JOURNEYS COMING UP WITH THE NEW YEAR....MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

 from start to finish...
my first commission that was of this size...
3 feet x 5 feet...
gallery wrapped sides of 2 inches
 
 
 

these first 4 photos are...
 
 
 



 of spray paint, over stencils,
 
 
 
 
 and various natural pieces, like mimosa leaves.
 
 
 
 
 one of many charcoal sketches on newsprint...
looking for sizing and leveling...
 
 
 
 
 I started with the background after sketching in her bust and head.
I used modeling paste mixed with paint colors, stenciling in bumps and texture.
tore up tissue paper, color of raw sienna.
put down cut out words...long time searching for just the RIGHT PHOTOS and SPECIAL WORDS.
 
 
 
 
 I used my fingers and paper and brushes to paint with...until I liked the look...
then on to the face...
 
 
 
 
 this was a period when I HAD TO GET SOME MORE SHADOWS underneath going...
whoa baby, lookin' kinda scary...
 
 
 
 





 a period when I introduced this girl to her new blue cap...
 
 
 
 
 
 more depth, more work on all of her...
 
 
 
 
 I couldn't figure out how to do her eyes, the way I do when painting smaller...
 
 
 
 
 then one morning I woke up, EUREKA, I thought of using a large sponge brush to swipe different colors in those eyes...my normal little brushes just couldn't give me those FREE and LOOSE, yet so IMPORTANT colors they needed to come alive.
 
 
 
 
 her bodice was the VERY MOST FUN to make...and it took a lot of steps, and stepping back, cha cha cha...and drying cheese cloth in between.
 
 
 
 
 underneath her bodice are real and copied
 
 
 
 
 clippings from this newspaper...
 
 
 
 
 they are so cool to peruse...
 
 
 

 just get a load of these prices...
OH MY!!!
 
 
 
 
 HER true and finished colors are in between these last two colors...
 
 
 
 
 and hues...
 
 
 
 
 this was the closest I could get to reality...it's is so large for photographing properly
 
 
 
 
 I HAVE to let us see the bodice up close and personal...
 
 
 
 
 the clients and my most favorite part ;)
 
 
 
 
 skip this double one...I didn't know how to take it out...
 
 
 
 
 some of the words carefully placed...
 
 
 
 
 this  on her neck...
a MARY OLIVER quote that stands out for me
and after knowing the clients more, Joanie and Scott, this was
PERFECT!
 
 
 
 
 another favorite quote, not sure from whom...but it's a dandy!
 
 
 
 
 these words were especially for these folks as they travel much!
 
 
 
 
as good as it gets...
 
 
 
 
I am technically challenged, I don't know why this is here again.
maybe for our amusement...
 
This was such an experience and growth for moi.
Joanie asked for this girl in the blue hat after she saw a smaller
painting of mine. She looks nothing like the other, I cannot copy even my
own work and am terribly bored by that ;) I am so grateful for
this opportunity after painting 2 other smaller pieces for this family.
I have STRECCCCHED and LOVED it ALL!
 
 
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND
AND YOUR little IN BETWEEN VACATION aNITA!
 
 
OXOX

Saturday, December 13, 2014

BLESSINGS...plain and simple

 a little 5:x7" I worked on...
 
 
 to divert in between working on commissions ;)
 
 
 
 another great diversion,
our daughters 31st birthday dinner...
 
 
 
 with both sides of the family...
I am the one peeking behind my husband ;)
 
 
 
 while walking through the restaurant parking lot...
I had to take this photo...
the tree is completely bare except for the orange and yellow leaves...
"WE SHALL NOT DROP YET"
 
 
 
 you know how many of us converse with others on the internet, never meeting in person, even though we have meetings of our minds and hearts...
well that happened here, Carlanda and Wanda in the flesh. it was so much fun, and never enough time!
 
 
 
 and our sunsets...you get the picture
 
 
 
 LITERALLY!
 
 
 
CHRISTMAS is just around that corner ;)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ANGELS EVERYWHERE I LOOK and DREAM...real and PAINTED...hmmm...

 little tease...
 
 
 
 little portions in the BIG PAINTING...
 
 
 
 
 underneath her blouse...
 
 
 
 INCREDIBLE, UNBELIEVABLE SUNDOWNS this year...
 
 
 
 making Christmas Angel Hangers...and put them in Pinterest, but...
 
 
 
 I changed my mind and am going to give to loved ones instead ;)
 
 
 
 
and then this morning after a LONG SWIM, I came home and painted in my journal...yes I did Anita...you were right, creative juices flew, WHEW...GRATEFUL for that this minute. Along with the BLESSED RAIN we need...a day for CELEBRATION!
 
OXOX

Monday, November 17, 2014

FLYING IN THE ZONE...

 THE COMMISSION 3' X 5' is coming along...
in fact, she is further than this...but I promise
to show her either when I am closer or finished.
she has her BLUE CAP now AND
her eyes are correct and changed to other colors as of yesterday...;)
 
 
 
 
 another work in progress,
cupboard door...this helps me warm up to the giant canvas!
 
 
 
 
 FINISHED!
 
 
 
 READY TO BUY AND HANG...
it is in my pinterest under,
good art-yep-for sale.
truest colors involving photographs
 
 
 
 
 
 "LIFE OBSERVATIONS"
 
 
 
 INGREDIENTS;
substrate: box end with nails remaining
photo transfers
real insect wings
real feathers (as well as transfers)
plaster of paris
paint
glue
my signature (ha, hard to write on crooked boxes;)
 
 
 
 WIP, a gazillion layers so far...I might not be able to lift the canvas when I am done...
 
 
 
when I do INDEED finish it!
I am going slower these days,
being patient,
letting my work speak to me,
running my hands over their faces,
I have 6 LARGE pieces that are all in progress,
switching like I do...
while they:
dry, change, call, holler, haunt, dream...
UNTIL THEIR TIME!
 
OXOX