I am on Draft Three of this doodle, initially sketched while watching a video by a rather dedicated abstract expressionist/colorist artist. Just decided to riff on something he showed, and my own quick response to it, and to his ideas. I have digital variations of photos of the first two drafts, and have a high resolution scan of draft three, which includes colored pencil in addition to graphite.
This is all just playful to me, with no hidden meanings emerging. But what fun!
I have made good progress on a relief sculpture based on my Three Angels drawing, and have of course taken photos. It is not finished, needing detailing, final texture, perhaps some background shapes or figures, and of course it will eventually be sealed and stained. Meanwhile, some photos will lead to digital variations…
Well I want to do a piece with a number of my 3-D babies, no idea what it looks like yet, but I need more babies … and can’t resist experimenting with color and so forth as I go. Tricky stuff, working with clear epoxy and adding color or other materials. Additives can settle out, a little pigment goes a long way, surface colors surprise, and so forth!
The emerald green is pretty ghastly, and the translucency eliminates the facial features and detail in bright light! But I really want to get some light through. It might be good to dust some pigment onto the face… but it will be impossible to really control that in my current mold. Certainly less pigment will be better: this guy may get painted over!
I am plunging back into the world of mold-making and casting. I am not good at this, and I struggle with being precise and methodical (boring :-))! But I want to create useful molds of a few difficult pieces modeled in oil-based clay. I find this difficult, and would love to have help.
I sprayed the clay model with clear gloss acrylic before making a pourable silicone block mold. The mold is not completely 3-D, as the back is not enclosed. So the resulting resin cast is flat & must “lie down”. Not sure why I chose bright metallic copper powder in the mold; it is rather ghastly.
I had to slit more of the block mold than planned to remove the clay and be able to remove the castings. This first cast was made with old resin, and is fragile, with a rough pitted surface texture. The feet broke off in the mold, and had to be glued on! I hope the next cast, now curing, will be more successful.
I have refined my watercolor collage sketch a bit, rescanning and working with digital variations. Sometimes I spend a long time in my chosen manipulation software in order to make my transformations and enhancements. It is not always easy or quick selecting the desired sections of an artwork, and this especially true with watercolors that may bleed into each other, and on textured paper where shadows create variations our eyes and brains will generally ignore!
So in addition to working the original a bit, I have tried light and dark as the background frame, and applied different digital manipulations on the trees separated from the window and shadows.
I created this watercolor & collage “sketch” last night in our weekly art group. In the two hour session, I worked quickly, trying to capture a bit of magic that I often see along my path to art class. When a certain large window is lit from inside, another neighbors’ bare winter trees are silhouetted from a certain angle. I enjoy this combination on a dark night.
For this collage, I used water soluble graphite & watercolor paint on a (very warped & old!) piece watercolor paper. Then I sketched & cut the trees from black paper, and added the purple “shadows”. The blue green version is a digital variation.
This has changed a bit in the final version. It is now darker and more complex with the addition of more watercolor and subtle collage elements. It is now time to stop, and to declare it finished!
The scan of the original is on the left. As you can see, it is fairly dark and subtle in color. But since I do enjoy drama as well as subtlety, I have created two digital variations. These are included to the right of the original 10″ x 10″ x 1″ collage on wrapped panel.
Sometimes a piece comes together quickly, or at least the basic essential work is clear early on, even if final touches take longer! But at other times, the first couple of versions bear very little resemblance to the final work, although some original forms & colors may still be visible. This piece has transformed several times, and may or may not be finished!
The light blue waterfall with the spidery black hole is the current version of the original acrylic painting, 8″ x 10″ on black canvas, scanned. This is the draft #8; I quite like it at the moment so it may be the final version. The rather garish multi-colored image at right is, of course, a digital foil of draft #8, and a somewhat more subdued digital foil is in the middle.
Above left is draft #2, very pink and muddy, and followed by draft #4 (dark blue and very streaky and busy). I don’t like either of these, or other intermediate drafts.
So in the current version at top the open circle all but disappeared, and most of the original colors are completely covered up… so it goes!