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.

Peace

7 comments:

ladycherie said...

hturzrrtI've been meaning to post on your site before, Mary - you do amazing work!!...you 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!:-)...now i must do something with the ideas racing in my head!:-)...thanks for the journey!:-)

rebekah:-)

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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!
Pat

Dragonlady said...

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