Day 100: Trista

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Day 100 Trista

Day 100 Trista

Hey! We made it! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

It took much longer than 100 days, but we are finally here at 100 and it is so nice to go out on a strong note.  Trista is a little bit of legend, a little bit Mucha inspired, and a little bit something else.

She has the heaviest, most dramatic lines, the most detail. And there is an emotion… a something else.

And this is what I want to carry forward into my work. Moving forward I want to move into emotion not just beauty. It’s tricky, because on some level, in order to paint more complex emotion I have to let myself feel it and put something real, of myself on the canvas.

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Day 99: Elena

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Day 99 Elena

Day 99 Elena

Elena, exotically simple. She’s the wild one. She is full of wild music.

I like her very much and I have a story in mind for her but she defies being tied down to just one story, so I’ll keep mum so that she can tell you herself.

Day 98: Violette

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Day 98 VIolette

Day 98 VIolette

Violette, the most zipped up of the girls. She’s elegant and cool and Gatsby before Gatsby was Gatsby.

When I was in highschool I visited Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I was totally taken with it, but especially the solarium. At that moment in my life I put it into my imaginary dream home.  It was the best of a beautiful green house and sitting room. A place surrounded with greenery year round, lush and beautiful, but not overgrown and claustrophobic. The center of the room was open to the sun coming in and the sky and I imagined an easel in the center. Perfect.

Well, Violette inhabits that solarium in my mind.  I hope you enjoy her.

Day 97: Elizabeth

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Day 97 Elizabeth

Back to working small – travel again!  This time I’ve made the backgrounds on the illustration board with washi tape. So much fun! After I put the tape down, I gave it an aged look with a wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.

Travel forces me to work with whatever I can get my hands on. Good thing I leave a few artists markers in my purse, my travel bag, my parent’s place…. you get the picture. (Confession: I shed art supplies! 🙂 ) I also have a few watercolour pencils I keep in a travel case, along with a brush that will fit in my purse.

Elizabeth and her sisters that follow are from the turn of the century. I think about them as different decades. Elizabeth is the most Victorian of the bunch. Maybe it was inspired by the yellowed “pages” and text behind her?  What do you think?

Day 94: A Walk in the Park

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Day 94: A Walk in the Park

Day 94: A Walk in the Park

So this is irony. I got hung up on this painting – A Walk in the Park.

Twice.

First, while I was painting it. The second time, here on my blog. I’m sorry I’ve been silent for a few days. Between some last minute travel and celebrating my daughter’s second birthday getting here fell through the cracks.  Personally, I blame the painting!

It probably shows, and I’m ok with that. If I have learned anything from this project, it is that there is a good portion of my work that I won’t love. Some that I will do battle with. Some battles that I will loose, and some will be a draw. A few I may even win. But I learn something from each of them.

This painting was inspired by a photo I snapped by my house. There was something about the light, about the way the girls were standing. I didn’t get it here.

Day 93: Opportunity

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Day 93: Opportunity

Day 93: Opportunity

Do you ever take the long way home? I do.

When I have time, I follow interesting roads. If it looks pretty, I take a chance. Today’s painting is a result of a walk like that.  I happened to pass this path on my walk and although I didn’t take it, I was captivated by it.

So when I got home, I painted it loosely on purpose. The way details are suggested but not clearly outlined indicate a possibility to explore. Where does this pathway lead?

Day 91: Carnival

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Day 91: Carnival

Day 91: Carnival

Imagine yourself as a young child – 5-8 years old. And you have an ALL RIDES PASS and parents who are committed to let you close the place down.

When I was painting this, I was thinking about my little girls excitement, my oldest got her first taste of freedom. She rode the ride with a friend while the mommies watched. And she was sooo excited.  What do you think – did I catch the feeling?

Day 90: Everyday Musical

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Day 90: Everyday Musical

Day 90: Everyday Musical

Inspiration can strike anywhere, even on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on an August afternoon. It doesn’t hurt to have a camera on your phone for moments like this.

This is a real couple – a real live vintage-y couple. And for a moment they were the most important and interesting people on the street. To me at least! They looked so relaxed and happy together, I knew I’d have to paint them when I got home. And although it took me a little while to get to them, I did and I may revisit them in the future.

And the title… it came about because something about them reminded me vaguely of Singing in the Rain. : )

Construct Tutorial: When It All Comes Together

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When it all comes together. I’ve been editing these pieces for a little while. I find that my work goes through a “staring stage” where it is on my easel (actually or metaphorically in this case) and I just stare at it and ask what it needs.  What happens if I add this or take away that?  It usually takes a few days until I’ve settled all my questions in a way I can live with.

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Days 80-90 Construct I

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Construct 2

With Construct I, I added a few more watch pieces. I ended up taking apart the whole face of the watch. You can see the part with all the knobs and dials in the upper right.

I also used the face and glass of another small watch. You can see the small circles right around the bottom part of the rope knot.

 

 

 

 

With Construct II, the editing happened more by realizing that this large piece needed to stand alone.

In this project I made a number of small pieces that I didn’t end up using. It isn’t because I didn’t like the way they turned out, but because some pieces stood out on their own.

I did add the black watch gear at the bottom right of the painting and a could of little brass-y pieces near the bottom of the butterfly’s wing.

 

Did you follow all the way through this tutorial, making your own art? If you did I’d love to see it. You can post links in the comments below 🙂  What did you think of this whole thing? Did it bore you to tears, or would you like to see more every now and then?

Construct Tutorial: Part Seven

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Deciding when it’s finished…

I think we are almost there.

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Added: hinges, lace texture

When I took this picture, the gloss medium hadn’t dried yet. When it is dry, it is clear. Gloss medium is a great toy. Not only does it extend the life of your paints, and create interesting texture, it also is a wonderful glue.  These little metal hinges connect all these pages for me nice and neatly.

Do you like the little watch hands in the bottom left corner?

At this stage in the game, I find it is about editing. All along this project I have been collecting things that I think are interesting. Some I felt sure I would use haven’t made it on here.

For today’s project work, edit yourself. Play around with placing things on your art work, moving and removing them until you get something that makes sense to you. (I find myself drawn to mechanical parts, old metal objects, bolts, keys, washers, small locks, jewelery I can take apart with minimal guilty feelings, but for you it might be coins, or paper clips, copper wire, pebbles and sticks) Use the things you are drawn to without prejudice.