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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Color Scheme Selected for Shelli


This year, I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the arts.  This is for a fundraiser in which local artists are given wooden codfish forms to decorate, and these are then auctioned to benefit the Marblehead Art Association.  This year, I am going to decorate my fish with a seashell design (so the seashells replace the fish scales). My design is posted here (April 8) but I have been trying to decide on the color scheme.  Yesterday I posted four possibilities and asked for feedback.  Most people like the turquoise background, but a lot of people also liked the iridescent pearl background. Some people suggested blending the choices, which gave me an idea!  I decided to mix up a pale turquoise iridescent paint to use as the background. I plan to have white shells, outlined in gold.  This morning I tried out the idea.  I mixed iridescent pearl paint with a bit of manganese blue, and really liked the result.  So I made this little "mock-up".  In fact, I mixed up too much of the pale turquoise paint but felt sufficiently certain of my decision to use the extra paint to start painting the fish.  To be continued. . . . 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Color Scheme for Shelli (Apr. 15, 2018)


I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts.  This is for a fundraiser in which local artists are given wooden codfish forms to decorate.  The decorated codfish are shown and then auctioned to benefit the Marblehead Art Association.  This year, I am going to decorate my fish with a seashell design (so the seashells replace the fish scales). My design is ready to go (posted here April 8), but I am still trying to figure out the color scheme.  Today I tried out four possibilities.  Feel free to vote in the comments. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Turquoise Canyon (Acrylic Watermedia)


This is the painting I have been working on, and I finished it this morning.  I added some pink outline to the top of the canyon, to indicate light and to suggest some three-dimensional shapes. Then I added a phalo-green wash to the cliffs, and as well as some more purple to indicate shadows.  This is another of my "Mountain Daydreams," painted from my imagination and my memories of Colorado, my home state. This is acrylic used with water, on Aquabord, 16 x 2 inches.