Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thank yous, snowmen and texture

Happy New Year everyone. I hope we all have a prosperous and peaceful 2009.
Thank you to everyone who has wished me well in my show. And to the wonderful women who have given me online awards.
I promise to be more punctual with my blog reading and my blogging now that the holidays are done and hunting season is almost over.

I love texture. So I decided to do a piece devoted to just that. But this time I am using all manmade things instead of the usual naturals I use so much .
So I took a bunch of odd little canvases and glued them together using Liquid Nails. Then I covered it all with tissue paper.

Then I just started putting whatever I had laying around on the piece. There is burlap and chains and bamboo skewers and garden wire and shingles and bricks for dollhouses and beads and textured paper and bubblewrap and stuff.
So I'm thinking that when I am done dressing it, I am going to coat the whole thing with gesso. Probably a couple of coats. Then I am going to paint using bright colors mixed with glaze. This is new for me. I don't use a lot of bright colors. And I have never used glaze before. I would like to be able to layer color over color. I'm thinking the glaze will let that happen. I hope. Anybody got any hints?

These are some more snowmen I made because...well...because you can never have enough right? And they are just so much fun to make.
So that's what I've been up to.
My show ends on the 14th. I hear people are enjoying it. I sold a couple of small pieces, and am hopeful that someone will buy one of the bigger ones.
I guess I will put everything in Etsy when I get it all back. But I am not sure that my kind of stuff sells online. We'll see.


Val Foster said...

Okay, Miss Smarty Pants, where did you come up with this great, fantastic idea??? Like wow, I'm just bowled over here. And covering it all with tissue paper is SO, SO smart, because then when you paint it, it won't take a year to get into all the nooks and crannies. What a stellar idea in that respect.

(Well, I remember how much I hated the painting of my Mega-Texture piece. It took so, so long and was such a major hassle!) Thanks for sharing this, friend. I can't wait to see how it ends up, and see the bold color you plan to use. Your art and ideas totally inspire me. Way to go!!!

Maija said...

Yippee for your sales!
One never knows what will sell on line and when!

kecia said...

hey there Mary, nice to hear from you! i see you've been busy too. i made some of those snowmen too and your right, they were quite fun to make! i love how you put those words on front of yours. too cute. thank you for the nice words you left me on my "creating" post. it is nice to have so much support.

Linda East said...

I think it would all sell on Etsy is great...
Linda (Okla)

Linda said...

I love these..... I made a bunch of them in December, too. Loved that Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Great blog!