Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
These past few weekends, I have been trying desperately to work on a custom project for a very special client of mine, and finally I was able to spend a little time on it! The request (a.k.a. mission)? Create 4 mini scarflettes (11" squares) which will then be framed as a painting. The theme - trees, beautiful trees. I have to say, of all the subjects to paint, Trees has to be my absolute favorite.
I just LOVE working on these mini silk habotai pieces because it gives me the perfect avenue to experiment with different techniques. I find the sunset with the black branches to feel quite moody, and a hint of asian flare. The salt technique on the leafy branches reminds me of bubbles, like they are part of an underwater garden.. and the cloud technique - I learned from Olivia Batchelder - I almost forgot how when the paint puddles, dries, and overlaps, what a magical sensation it creates!
The silk was most cooperative on these minis, which is why I went a bit crazy with the wood grain pieces.. oh I could just paint a hundred different woodgrains... the linework takes me to my happy place... and the summer sun (reaching well over 95F lately), well, what can I say? Thank you, sunshine, for my tan, for lighting up my colors, and for drying my paint so fast!
As far as the project goes, three of these were chosen (the top left, top middle, and bottom left), so I am off to create options for the 4th and final piece to complete her collection. However throughout the process my goal is separate some of these out and create sets around them. I think the chocolate and green silhouette deserves three coordinates as it is so contemporary feeling.. At this rate of my harried mini obsession, I might go through my whole stack of minis by the end of the week!
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
So after unanimous votes for "yes" with branches - here it is at it's next stage. I may go in and thicken some up and possibly add some bird silhouettes as well later.. for now I leave it alone and pledge to return and update part III next weekend..p.s. I've decided to call this one "Manzanita Sunset" since the wavering branches remind me of a certain dear friend of mine's gorgeous hilltop backyard, which just so happens to be filled with manzanita trees :)
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Happy Independence Day!! It's the 4th of July and it must be in the 90's today from what I can feel while enjoying the day painting on my rooftop and I love it!
However I took a quick break because I'm stumped, artistically speaking. Inspired by the wonderful hot weather today, I painted a pretty sunset transition here of yellow, rust, and mahogany colors. What I can't decide is whether to leave it "as is" as an abstract watercolor sunset, OR paint in the silhouette of some tree branches/foliage on top. I used photoshop to place something just to see how it would look (mine would be hand painted branches, and extend all the way down the length of the scarf, of course).
What do you think - leave it alone or add branches?
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