I have joined a wonderful new group on etsty, called, Metsy Team. It is full of awesome artists and has a wonderfully friendly, nurturing atmosphere. I am very thankful for the invite to join! One of the first things that I am doing in this group, is entering a color challenge. We are to use purple and green in this color challenge. While these are not my normal color palette, I do love them together so I set out to use them and still retain my “look ” and “feel” in this piece. I started with an 8×10 canvas and cut a small rectangle out so that I could insert a small box. This created a small niche to put something in. I secured the box with tape and then used molding paste over the whole canvas. Here are some canvases ready to go. Next I layered washes of acrylic paints, leaving areas of underlying colors to show through. In between colors I also added stamped text, and other stamped patterns. Then it was time to stamp a lovely new stamp onto some tissue paper and then adhere it to the canvas with gel medium. I added some shading with charcoal, and an image of a lavender hatted lady to my niche. An old key with some fibers attached, three purple, vintage buttons, and a velvety green leaf, finished off my little niche. I was very satisfied, when all was said and done, that I stepped out of my color box and still retained my style in this piece. What fun! This is a scan of the piece and it doesn’t show the lady too well, for better pictures, look in my etsy store.
My fellow ZNE friend, Michelle Dobell, told me about a class she is going to be taking from Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/. So I went to her blog and she does amazing work! So clean and precise looking. Just lovely! She has a very inspiring tutorial video series posted. This piece was inspired by her. I did a different background technique than it looked like she was using, no words on the video, but great music! I think one of the hardest things was trying to get the eyes the same size! It was a fun exercise working on a face. I know all the rules for drawing one in my head, but it’s a lot harder to put them into practice! The bacground texture was created using a stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber stamps. To see their stamps click here, http://www.prickleypear.com/