Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Heart Shaped Box as of August 18, 2014



Yesterday I was at the studio at Porter Mill and worked for a while on this project. I am covering this former candy box with collage designs made from printed metallic ribbon. I am currently working on the top of the box, making purple and orange stripes out of bits of ribbon. It is slow going, but I am getting there. I call this "Another Heart-Shaped Box" because this is not the first one I have made; if you want to see how my first heart-shaped box turned out, follow this link: www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/sets/72157632769935420/

Monday, August 18, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of August 18, 2014)



Here is the latest version of my oil bar painting. (My reference is one of my photos, posted here on August 14.) I worked on the painting this morning and it is still very much a work in progress. Yesterday I roughed in a dark background and I was itching to neaten up all the edges. But I knew I needed to wait for the paint to dry a bit. So I worked on the color scheme and placement of the tiny light green leaves and the branches. To be continued. . .

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of August 17, 2014)



I worked on my oil bar painting again this morning. This painting is roughly based on a photo that I took (posted here August 14, 2014). Today I went over the branches with purple. This is not the final color (though there will be purple in the branches), but purple is easy to see and will help me to get lost. Then I got started on the background with a deep blue-green. This is just the first coat (underpainting); no doubt colors and details will change. But I am getting an idea of how the blossoms will look against a dark background.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of August 16, 2014)



I worked on this painting this morning. This is oil bar on an 8 x 10 inch canvas. I am using one of my photographs as a reference (posted here on August 14) but am changing things around a bit for the sake of the composition. This painting is part of a series, so I am trying to match the scale to the other paintings. Today I added more shape to the magnolia blossoms, and more detail to show where the blossoms connect to the branches. This is going to have a dark background, so I made a few strokes just to get an idea of how that might look.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms (Oil Bar Painting as of August 15, 2014)


This is the painting that I started this morning. This is oil bar on an 8 x 10 inch canvas. I am using one of my photos as a reference (see yesterday's post) but I am not planning to reproduce it exactly. So this morning I worked on sketching out the basic composition. I was also working on the scale because this is part of a series of paintings of branches, and all of the paintings are 8 x 10 inches. So I want the basic size of the magnolia petal to be roughly the same scale as the leaves in the other paintings. I used my thumb to measure. Even though I didn't get too far today, it felt great to be painting.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Magnolia Branches (Posterized Photo)


This image started with a photo that I took in April of 2010 of the magnolia tree in my yard. Today I cropped this image out of the original photo and posterized it. Then I printed out an 8 x 10 version of it.  I am going to use it as a reference photo for an oil bar painting that I am going to start working on tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another Family Tree Prototype



I recently made this little mixed media collage to serve as a prototype for an illustrated family tree.  I made it in preparation for yesterday's Memory Imprints workshop.  Although it is small, it is an example of another way to show family relationships in a visual organization.  If you want to know more about Memory Imprints, visit this link:  http://memoryimprints.net