Tuesday, November 1, 2011

she flies 2

according to animal speak by ted andrews, crane is about longevity and creation through focus. a symbol of justice and associated with feminine energies. we are fortunate to have a home in an area where sandhill cranes summer and over the years i have managed to get some decent photos (and a lot of awful ones!) i am fascinated by the cranes- love to hear them call, see them in the fields, watch them fly and dance and do what they do.

this is the first she flies (6x6 cradle board) - love the distressed feel, and the fact that she flies even if a little beat up.

the board on the right eventually became the piece below. since crane is a solar symbol (in many cultures) it is appropriate that she started out with reds & yellows.

i struggled with the background for a while. as usual at this point i wasn't sure what image i wanted on the background, and i added some bronze paint, then got the idea of the crane and added red dots, circles and other marks. needed a focal point, put heavy gesso on a paper plate & plopped it down in a central location.

next, the overlay of the crane image to see if it works. it does.

layer of golden soft gel matte medium over the entire surface. i like to have the texture integrated with the entire piece, not only where the transfer is. no matter how subtle, there can be a change of texture or sheen that looks off.

after the transparency was peeled off. great transfer this time. i went back & moved the medium around some to create more texture & minimize the difference between smooth where the transparency was & not smooth elsewhere.

after a few more layers of glazes- quince nickel azo & bronze mixed with glazing medium-

and a detail of the crane-

pretty happy with the way this one turned out. and 1/10th of the way to my new inches for december! trying to get ahead since november will be gone before i know it. and i am bound to sell a few things this month and will need something in the wings :)

fun studio night with nancy, leslie & sue. i do love tuesdays!


eileeninmd said...

Lovely images, of the cranes! Well done!

becky said...

The top one is my fav- I love the distressed, antique, organic feel it has to it.

Gabrielle said...

Hi Marianne,

Thank you so much for showing your process step by step. This is fascinating and beautiful to me. I hope you don't mind me asking - is the transparency a photo or a painting?

I've bookmarked your blog, having just discovered it this morning. I was feeling grumpy at the prospect of going to work today but your blog perked me up. Thank you for inspiring me.

Diane said...

Positively wonderful Marianne! I love it!

marianne said...

hi all, thanks!
gabrielle, welcome & thanks for commenting. the transfer is a photo. but now you have me thinking about transferring a painting.....

Barb said...

Hi Marianne, Liked seeing the transformation (didn't even have to squeeze my eyes shut) because I actually love the finished crane. Yippee - and the softness of the first appeals to me, too. That one seems to tell of a weary flight home.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I love your crane series - all of them, but especially the first image. Keep meaning to get that book by Ted Andrews.