Here in Victoria BC we have a local organization called the Victoria Arts Council that is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. In conjunction with a Christmas show entitled “Little Gems” they decided to have a ‘celebration wall’ of 50 works done in the theme of gold. I received one of these 10 inch gallery depth panels that will be for sale Nov.28-Dec21/18. As a result, I “had to” 😉 go out shopping to gather various gold and metallic art supplies. I set to work researching inspirations and a subject. The influence of the German symbolist Gustav Klimt is hard to avoid . Any mention of gold always brings to mind his pieces featuring luxurious patches of glittering leaf.
Ici à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, nous avons un organisme local, le Victoria Arts Council, qui célèbre son 50e anniversaire cette année. Parallèlement à un spectacle de Noël intitulé “Little Gems”, ils ont décidé de créer un “mur de célébration” de 50 œuvres réalisées sur le thème de l’or. J’ai reçu un de ces panneaux de profondeur de galerie de 10 pouces qui sera à vendre le 28 novembre au 21 décembre. En conséquence, je «devais» faire des courses pour rassembler diverses fournitures d’art en or et en métal. Je me suis mis à la recherche d’inspirations et d’un sujet. Il est difficile d’éviter l’influence du symboliste allemand Gustav Klimt. Toute mention de l’or fait toujours penser à ses pièces comportant des taches luxueuses de feuilles brillantes.
Pour ce projet cependant, j’ai limité mes matériaux à des peintures irisées. En fin de compte, les articles principalement utilisés étaient le marché de l’acrylique Iridescent Antique Gold de Liquitex et l’acrylique Iridescent Gold (fine) High Flow de Golden.
Baby Steps . . .
I did include something of his spiral motifs in the background, but the style of the face became my own.
J’ai incorporé quelque chose de ses motifs en spirale à l’arrière-plan, mais le style du visage est devenu le mien.
It begins to come together . . .
Photographing to shimmer of the golds was difficult, so I took a short video:
Photographier à la lueur d’or était difficile, alors j’ai pris une courte vidéo:
On my Pinterest page I have pinned a number of pieces of art that I find inspiring or have elements that I would love to experiment with. (Come on… admit it! We all have scads of pins that we’ve never tried to make). There are many with words, hand lettering, script, fonts and typography. I love the visual impact of large scale hand lettering and the mystery of incomplete words or faces.
This coming week in participating in a group art show at the Martin Bachelor Gallery which is themed Selfie. Or what they used to refer to back in the days of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kahlo etc as self portraits.
Like a dog portrait. Unless you’ve been commissioned by a sentimental owner or a zoologist that can spot the variances in its anatomy! 😡
A year ago my boss at my regular day job asked me to do a painting of his dog who had passed away some time earlier. I agreed because I’m up for a challenge generally. He supplied me with a dozen snap shot photos from the 1970’s, which is to say that they aren’t of the best condition or composition.
I’m now beginning my third attempt 😬
I rather liked my second attempt in watercolours but he thought the dog looked silly. I thought it showed his personality! Like many of the dogs in this how-to guide
My first attempt in acrylics from last summer s going okay until a bit a roadblock on the background. I stared at it for weeks before turning it towards the wall. I just couldn’t make the gravel of the background interesting.
If he doesn’t like number #3 I might throw in the towel 😢
I sketched these lovely ladies for the Summer of Color blog party, week 2. The color prompts for this week are Pink + Pink + Orange.
In my search for a subject that would reasonably translate to these colors I saw many works of girls and women with pink and orange peach skin, pink clothing and auburn hair. Bingo!
I have always admired the classic sketches of women by artists such as Leonardo DaVinci (indisputably a genius!) but I have yet to master his subtlety. I have made attempts to learn from copying his work before but decided to look a little farther afield when I came across a red chalk sketch by Edward Burne-Jones. Red, pink, orange. They’re all the same family, right?
Most of the models used by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a very distinctly stylized look to their lips, nose and jaw line. I got close with the lips but I still have more practice ahead of me.
While I still had the inspiration and not ready for bed yet I did another quick sketch but switched the colours around. In the hundreds of ladies I flipped past in the search results I found an older artist previously unknown to me: Phillppe Mercier. He was most well known for his portrait work.
I’m linking this post to Sunday Sketches where you can go for more “artspiration”
What can be learned by doing things really fast? Or really slow? Or in a series?
Many artists painted have the same subject over and over, from different angles (Monet’s Waterlilies) and others have painted the subject repeatedly looking the same (Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens) in an effort to show that even with endless amounts of reproduction where on the surface they appear the same, the small smears and clogs give an individuality to each piece. Even in my attempts to manually reproduce the same familiar image from memory, each time there would be variations to the theme. Some I liked and of course others not so much.
What I found is that each time I repeat a subject (such as a bird) I become more aware of :
*the textures & highlights
*the shape & proportion
*the body language & movement
*seemingly subtle things such as the highlights of an eye can draw your attention
*the addition of a tiny prop like a cigarette can change the attitude
I hadn’t tried to give myself a time limit until I applied to compete in Art Battle, along with a few friends (Buddy System!).
My first reaction to the challenge was trepidation but the more I thought about it the old saying of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” was lingering in the back of my mind. That’s when I made the dive and sent in an application, only then to panic with my acceptance!
I needed a plan of action so our group, which we soon dubbed “the A-Team” (an attempt to take on the strength & ingenuity of these iconic characters) put into motion several practice sessions, complete with timers, distractions and loud music (we had to learn to block these things out). We tried new images and old familiar ones to the point where it began to feel that our hands began to form a memory of their own for the twists and turns required, endeavoring to become more efficient in the movements each time. The results did surprise me at times and really made me consider whether some of the long drawn out hours necessarily paid off?
The day of the competition was loaded with adrenalin, unfamiliar materials and faces but I’m certainly glad I did it. Will I compete again? Only the future will tell but in the meantime I have a collection of birds in various sizes and shapes to contemplate and learn from 🙂