Monday, April 23, 2018

Closeup of Shelli (Codfish Project) as of Apr. 23, 2018


This is a closeup of Shelli, my current project. I am decorating a wooden codfish form furnished by the Marblehead Festival of the Arts.  Some 50 local artists are also creating decorated codfish which will be exhibited and then auctioned (online).  I call my codfish "Shelli" because of her seashell pattern. Today I finally began to apply gold metallic ink to the shells.  I only had time to make a beginning, but I took a closeup that shows how it looks. To be continued. . . .

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project) as of Apr. 22, 2018


Today I kept going with my decorated codfish. This is a project for Marblehead Festival of Arts.  Some 50 local artists are painting a wooden codfish cutout for a show and online auction.  This year, I am decorating my fish with a surface pattern design of seashells, which is why I call her "Shelli".  Today I went over the turquoise iridescent paint and then used colored pencil to draw three lines on each shell.  I am going to go over those lines with gold metallic ink.  To be continued. . .

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project) as of Apr. 21, 2018


This is Shelli, my codfish project.  I am decorating a wooden codfish cutout as part of a fundraiser for Marblehead Festival of Art.  About fifty area artists are decorating codfish, which will be displayed and then auctioned to raise money for the arts.  This year, my codfish will have seashells where you would expect to see scales.  Today I finally started painting the blue background (between the shells), using two teeny tiny brushes. I am using iridescent pearl paint, mixed with manganese blue.  The iridescent paint tends to clump, I think because it has tiny flecks of mica. So this is slow going, but I did manage to get a layer of blue down.  I expect I will need to go over it again, at least in places.  To be continued. . . .

Friday, April 20, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 20, 2018)


Today I continued work on this wooden codfish that I am decorating for Marblehead Festival of Art.  Some 50 local artists have been invited to decorate wooden cutouts; these will be auctioned off online to benefit the arts in Marblehead. This year, I am decorating my fish with a seashell pattern (a kind of visual pun).  Yesterday I painted the seashell shapes with white, fixing placement errors as I went along.  Today I used colored pencil to refine the placement. I am outlining the shells in brown colored pencil, and will go over that with metallic gold marker.  I am also using turquoise colored pencil to fill in the teeny tiny spaces that will be tricky to cover with a brush. The background will be the iridescent pale turquoise already on head, fins, and tail.  I am eager to just jump in and paint the background, but first I am using white paint to clean up stray pencil marks (mistakes and smudges) that might show up through the paint.  This is tedious, but as I learned last year, way easier than trying to clean up the mess that happens if you try to erase graphite pencil over gesso. With all of these small changes, the pattern of seashells is starting to emerge. To be continued. . . .

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 19, 2018)


Here is the project I have been working on, a wooden codfish I am decorating to be auctioned off in a fundraiser for Marblehead Festival of Art.  This year, my fish will have a pattern of seashells where you would expect to see scales.  Today I outlined the seashell shapes in light brown colored pencil.  Later, the brown pencil lines will be covered with metallic gold marker. I also tried out a bit of turquoise colored pencil in narrow spaces where it may be hard to use a brush.  To be continued. . . .

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 18, 2018)


Here is Shelli, a codfish-in-progress. This is for the Marblehead Art Association, which will soon auction off wooden codfish cutouts decorated by local artists.  My fish is going to be decorated with a seashell pattern, hence the name "Shelli".  The iridescent blue will be the background color, continued through the middle of the fish.  But right now I am using white paint for the seashells.  To be continued. . . .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 16, 2018)


This is the wooden codfish I am decorating for the Marblehead Festival of Arts fundraiser.  This year I am painting a seashell design on my fish, and I have named this fish "Shelli".  Yesterday I figured out the color scheme.  I mixed some turquoise paint with iridescent pearl and I liked the color.  I used the color to make a small sample of the pattern.  But I had mixed up too much paint, so I decided to use it to start painting the wooden codfish. I was happy with the way the paint captures the light.  To be continued.