Come see all of my latest work in
WORKS ON WALLS II
A Group Exhibit Featuring Recent Works By:
and Jennifer Faun Manne
Sunday, June 29, 2014
at THE ART HOUSE
I’m really proud of the pieces I’m exhibiting and hoping other people will like them as much as I am. The works from this show have been created over the last 6 weeks. The other individuals exhibiting have been attending the same open studio course as me at the Art House. They are a wonderful bunch, and I’m curious to see how all of our different pieces will look together. Should be fun!
I have finished all the pieces for my art show on the 29th. More on that in tomorrow’s post. This pieces was one of the two that I made as an afterthought, and strangely enough it has risen through the ranks for become one my favorites.
The canvas was originally just kelly green. I had a ton of leftover green paint from another painting and I was loathe to just wash it away so I used it on this canvas. Later I realized that with the right application it could become the perfect backdrop for the green and gold shrine I had created on the left. To tie the canvas and the shrine together I added teal liquid acrylic and gold patterning to the canvas. I also added the dancing figures. I have been wanting to use the image of the dancing figures since I first came across the source material. The shapes, colors, and mood of the piece really evoked a sense of Irish Folklore for me and I felt the dancing woman captured that theme. All and all I’m very happy with the piece.
Here are some images of my process for those who are curious. And for me to refer to in the future. ^_^ And if you think you have a great title leave it in the comments! Thanks.
What’s the point of an art blog if all the images suck?
I got a new phone finally and with it came a snazzy new camera. Stay tuned for WAY better images of my art.
I can’t believe I finally finished this piece!
It has been floating around in my head unfinished for a very long time. I’ve liked the idea of the little red riding hood story for a long time. Last september after Burning Man at Turning the Wheel’s Sound Dance Workshop I came up with a composition. I pictured three wolves at the top with Red coming towards them. I had two large canvases that I had been holding onto for almost a year that would work well for the piece. However I didn’t start the painting until I moved to Chicago earlier this year. Here are the initial sketches for the painting:
I followed the steps I outlined in the second sketch pretty closely. I created a background with paint and texture. I painted on my figures, and then I embellished the piece. I struggled a long time with the center of the composition to get it to feel unified. I think I might revisit this idea again in the future and see if I can get something closer to what I originally had in my head. Like the original sketch remarks, I think watercolor may have more of the effect I wanted.
Step 1: Background- Paint, Paper, Texture
Step 2: Figures- Wolves and Red
Step 3: Embellish- Create Depth, Add Sparkle
I used this table cloth to create the pattern on Red’s cloak
Everything painted in except the hand and lantern.
Added more texture, painted lantern, created depth on the wolves.
Added the lights to the lantern. It really brought the two halves of the painting together.
Here are the results from Saturdays exploration with printmaking and stamps. I ended up cutting up and collaging most of what I had created. However the four prints along the bottom were too cool as is and so I left them alone. The two canvases to the left aren’t complete but I’m very happy with the results so far.
Thanks for checking it out!