Friday, August 26, 2011

what happened?

wow- it's already friday! what happened?

i did get to spend the evening in my studio, though, and am so happy about that. mostly getting ready for sunday's gallery hanging. i will be short about 10 linear inches this month cuz i didn't get enough made and i don't want to trot old stuff out. oh well!

i finally found a good use for all of those stupid sawtooth hangers that come with prefab frames that i can't use for shows. when i went to clip the canvas into the frame i found that the clips were wider than my canvas. so i got creative. i now know why i didn't just toss these damn things.





and here's the front- looks like i did a decent job of rendering mr. buff.


i finally got this where i want it. took a bit of work. the bird is scratched into drywall paste, the rest of the piece is modeling paste & a bit of crackle paste. this is an old piece reworked.


started with a black bird- crow, raven, that was the thought. but it just didn't work.


decided that everything was too close tonally, but i couldn't figure out how to lighten the background.


went for color, but i still have no darks or lights. and it's kinda garish, not quite what i was going for.....


i quit taking photos of all of the background trials, but after many washes and alcohol rub outs i finally put a white glaze on it and a quince nickel azo (my old standby) wash and got it to where i wanted it. i also used some turquoise acrylic ink to get the bird where i wanted her, and dropped liquid thalo blue in the low spots. and i actually like it and am done:)


looking forward to more plaster play. got some goodies from blick- sculpey clay for making casts and plaster tape- to experiment with. but first, open studios website maintenance tomorrow- three of us are getting together to upload the artist images for our october open studios weekend tomorrow afternoon and then eilen jewell tomorrow night. fun stuff!


4 comments:

Barb said...

I'm always amazed at what you start with and where you finish! By the way, I forgot to say congrats on your 1000th post (now 1001)! Going to bike race today - it finishes downtown Breck.

Robbie said...

I always look forward to your posts and seeing your work in progress and completed works!

Dyche Designs said...

I never understood why you can't use sawtooth hangers at gallery showings. Love seeing the work as it progressed.

marianne said...

thanks all!
@dd- sawtooth hangers are a major p i t a to hang in a gallery or show. a wire is much easier for the folks doing the hanging. i used to hang a show that was done mostly on wire panels with s hooks & sawtooth hangers didn't work at all. you'd be surprised at how much difference it makes.