Saturday, April 5, 2008

More Works In Progress

I decided to see if I could do another textured piece using a real dragonfly. So I did some of the crumpled tissue paper on the background. Then I made some grasses from it too. Some real pressed leaves and dried flowers and the dragonfly. All gel mediumed. I really took my time coating the wings 'cause they are so delicate. Then wait for it to dry. Being as how it's been so humid this took a lot of time. Oh and a strip of lace across the top just because. Since I took this pic I have gessoed the whole thing. Next I will be adding modeling paste texture to the leaves. I think this piece will be in greens. This is a piece I am doing for an upcoming art show. I textured the background with modeling paste. After I glopped it on I combed thru it with a piece of cardboard I ripped. I made eyebrows and eyelids with paper clay. The last couple of faces I have done have been a little wierd looking because they didn't have eyelids.
Then the whole face was gessoed and painted with white metallic craft paint.Then I made a mask like piece out of white velvet and glued it to the face. I had cut inserts in each side. I filled the inserts with seed beads and teeny pearls. Then I went around the edges with pearls and more seed beads.
The bottom is more pearls. The top of the face will have a white fox head-fur which I trimmed with micro beads. It will fit her like a headdress. The outside edges of the canvas will be trimmed out with white velvet ribbon. The fur will stick up a little above the top edge. I am considering making small antlers from branches painted white.
The whole piece is in whites as she is the Goddess Of Winter.



ladycherie said...

hturzrrtI've been meaning to post on your site before, Mary - you do amazing work!! are a true artist and I am so flatterred that you leave encouraging comments for me on my blog. I have never worked in your mediums -your photos and descriptions inspire us all!

Jillian said...

Hi Mary! Gorgeous work as always. I love the white goddess piece with the pearls and beads. It's stunning. I can't wait to see how the textured piece turns out--looks like a fantastic start. I nominated you for an award on my blog too. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Val Foster said...

Hi Mary. Congrats on the award. I got one too. What an honor, and what fun.

Your two works in progress here are breathtaking. I can't wait to see them finished. Using a real dragonfly is a great idea.

You're really on a roll here.

Rebekah Smith said...

mary!:-)...i love your work!:-)...the winter goddess piece is striking!:-)...and the dragonfly is just fabulous!:-)...thank you so much for letting us see!:-) i must do something with the ideas racing in my head!:-)...thanks for the journey!:-)


Moonwillow said...

Mary you never cease to amaze me with your art! Just wonderful! and Congradulations on your well deserved award! How awsome!

akatrix said...

Mary, Mary! You are a fabulous artist. So what if you can't copy and paste? LOL You are creating one of a kind pieces to be proud of. Never know what you will do next....but it's all GOOD!

Dragonlady said...

WOW, Mary, this is gorgeous work..and I can't wait to see it all all the texture..