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Mermaid Circus Week 1

Mermaid Circus Cover

Mermaid Circus Cover

I have started on my on-line course with Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore and am erecting my big top.  So much fun and a really interesting group of people chatting away on its  Facebook group.  Really interesting to see what people are doing.  There are many different skill levels and just as many different styles and interpretations.

Our first assignment is to make a shaped art book and do collage mermaids or other creatures in it.  Although I loved the mermaid shaped pages, I did not want to do that many mermaids or that many drawings, I would never get the time or energy to fill it.  So I decided to do a circus tent cover for my Art Book and do fairly regular shaped pages so that i could do a variety of things in it.  I wanted to use the tent more literally and make the front cover where you walk in and then show the inside of the big top inside with the pages turning to show different acts.  I have set up a pinterest site with all these vintage circus photos which provided such great inspiration.

Detail of Top of Circus tent

Detail of Top of Circus tent

I also wanted to do some layering of paper cutouts to give it a more 3D effect, something I have been toying with in the back of my mind for my other work.  This course gives me a great chance to try out new techniques and some different themes,

So these are the steps I took to do the front cover.

Sketches

Sketches

I sketched a number of tents on scrap paper and did a mock up of the tent and sketched it out onto my good paper.

Underpainting

Underpainting

I then used acrylic paints to fill in the main colours and paint the bits I wanted to stick on.

Colour Pencil and Outline

Colour Pencil and Outline

Then I went over with my colour pencils to give it depth, I only used three colours for this as I did not want to take too long.  A light (a couple of shades lighter than the paint), medium (some shade as the paint) and a dark ( a couple of shades darker than the paint).  After I had roughly coloured them in I went over them with the white pencil to blend them in, and knock them back so they were not too bright.

Sign

Sign

Next came the black pen to do the outline, this highlights the shapes and brings it all together and I just like outlines, it gives my work a more graphic look.

The sign came next not sure if I am happy with this or not, but up it went, you just can’t agonise over things too much.

Detail of Seaweed and sea creatures

Detail of Seaweed and sea creatures

Looking at it I decided it need some more lift and put in the gold dots.  Then having another look I decided the tent was too plain and added the seaweed and the fish etc.

So that is how it was created, it will change before the end as I continue to work on the rest of it, but I will keep you updated.

Karen

Art from a Postcard

Well it worked.  Doing the postcards has inspired me to do some more art and  I am underway again!

I cannot tell you how excited I am.  I have already done three new paintings and have ideas for many more.  The Sturt Desert Pea Postcard was the catalyst and I have completed three drawings of the Desert Pea.  I am really happy with them, take a look at them at let me know what you think.

Here is the original postcard

Here are the three paintings that were inspired by it

Sturt Desert Pea 1

This is the first painting I did.  It is acrylic and coloured pencils, I am very happy with the depth of colour that I achieved, it almost glows.  I love the weird almost architectural feel of the flowers and the orange background works well for me.  I love orange and red together.

Sturt Desert Pea 2

This is my favourite of the three.  I like the inclusion of the sky, the blue brings some contract in and gives in my more depth of field.  I also just like long narrow paintings.

Sturt Desert Pea 3

This is biggest of the three, a little larger than A3.  I started out smaller but they grew each time, I do like working on larger pieces.  I am not totally happy with the background, the sky is too light at the bottom I think and it is flattening out the picture plane, I will have to fiddle with it some more, once I figure out the problems!!  The pictures go up on my bedroom wall once they are completed so I can ponder on them.  I love this part of painting as it is challenging to work out what the problems are with a painting and how to fix them, if possible.

I have two more Desert Pea pictures in mind, one of a bud and another looking straight down onto the flower, this is a really interesting and graphic view of the pea.  But these will have to wait as I am off doing Grevilleas for the moment.  Really close up views of these great flowers.  Will have a preview for you in the next few days.

I would like to thank my sister Lynette for her great job in putting the scans of these paintings back together for me.  The paintings were too large even for work’s A3 scanner and they had to be scanned in parts and joined back together.  She has done it without a joint showing!!!!!  Thanks a lot you are a life/blog saver.

Post Card 6 Tea Cup to Hungary or not

This has been a very difficult card, and as I write this I am still not sure what I intend to do.    My recipient has said on her profile that she does not want to receive any hand-made cards or painted.  She was in fact very strident on what she did and did not want to receive which but my back up. So do I paint her a card or not?

Now Postcrossing make it very clear that the choice of what is sent is up to the sender and while the receiver my put forward a preference they cannot dictate what you send.  So I have painted a postcard, but now I don’t really want to send it.  Maybe I will just share it with you on the blog and send her an ordinary postcard.  Not sure.  Don’t want to send something I spent hours in creating to someone who has already said they do not want it.

  • Topic The topic was easy as the recipient likes tea and coffee and I wanted to do a tea-cup for her. I decided against a pretty rose print one and did a retro one as she likes the Beatles.
  • Technique  This postcard and the next I did on the weekend and I had time to get out my paints.  I prefer acrylics as they are cleaner than oils, and easier to work with then gauche.  I haven’t had the paints our for a while and it was good fun.
  • Outcome Very happy with this one.  It turned out how I wanted and it has a nice fresh feel to it.  I have also refrained from putting a border around it.

I will let you know what I do with the card.