Sunday, July 18, 2010

beginnings

today was such a nice lazy day- too hot to do anything outside, so read, napped, made art- wonderful! the art portion of today's program was all about starting things. this canvas was started with ends of paint from other projects ( i usually use it for underpainting, can't stand to throw paint away).



 not a gallery wrapped canvas, so the first thing i did was collage around the edges to the wood on the back to give a finished look. then a few layers and here we are. the flower image is from the reader's digest illustrated dictionary that i bought at the library book store friday. i wonder how much i need to disguise so i'm not in violation of a copyright law? i wonder this when i use images from the bird books too.... 

this is a piece of masonite, gessoed. then i put a wash of red paint ( abt 50/50 paint/water) and dropped alcohol on to create a design. used paper towels to carefully blot standing paint. let dry, repeated with blue paint. let dry, added an overall glaze of cerulean mixed with glazing medium & irridescent medium. repeated that.

i had planned to use for a godess background, but thought she might fight with the design, so i tired a few other things instead....

and, probably b/c this effect always reminds me of tie dye, this is what i came up with (so far). in the lower left corner is what was peeled out of a plastic house paint tray. i have been wanting to use the texture for a while- not sure if this will be the right thing, but isn't it fun?


started some magnets (as that's all i've sold at the gallery the past few months- i got a check for $10 for june! but it's better than nothing). i did get a nibble on a piece at the airport, keep your fingers crossed for me!


and that's it. gallery meeting tomorrow night (ouch!), then off to phoenix (where it should be a balmy 110) tuesday & wed, so it'll be back to photos.

hope everyone had a great weekend!

5 comments:

Judy Wood said...

Woah! That paint tray texture is way too good. What a great concept, and aren't you clever to have picked up on it??

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Geez! I love that flower piece!
I guess I don't worry too much about the images; people have been using collage for years and years. it's not like you're trying to resell their book.
There are a lot of thoughts on it, but I just do my thing.... :)

XXOO!!
Anne

gina said...

I love seeing the process of creating....and the result! Sounds like you had a great weekend!

Barb said...

I had no idea you had to worry about copyright if you bought the book and are reusing an actual page. I know you aren't supposed to reproduce the work, which you aren't doing. You'll have to move quickly from one air conditioned place to the next in Phoenix!

marianne said...

i really don't know how copyright works for mixed media, especially if you're using something commercially created. guess it might be worth googling...