Monday, January 26, 2009

Swapping with Val

Val Foster (the texture Queen) and I did a private swap. This is my piece and I just LOVE it!
We did a background 8x10 in size. Then we sent it to the other and added on and sent it back.

I want to explore color more this year. So I blobbed and blew color around on my canvas and then stenciled FREEDOM around the edge. Then I sent it off and started to worry. Was it too simple, or too odd? But I should have known the Fabulous Val would do something fun and unusual with it.
There's fabric and glitter and a tiny lizard and all sorts of fun.

I had a ball doing this with Val. I think I really like one on one swaps better than the ones where you have to a lot of pieces.
I hope someone else will want to swap with me.
YAY, I own a Val Foster work of art!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A bit of a mess

Well, this isn't turning out as planned. After I painted the whole thing a very questionable yellow, I tried doing the glaze thing with the green. I don't like it. It's not as see thru as I thought it would be. So then I thought I would blob paint on and blod it around with a can of air.

Which I like the effect of but I ran out of air. So till I get another can or inspiration strikes, this one is on the back burner.
This is a deer skull I cleaned and painted as a thank you to the processor who gives me skulls. I wonder what it says about me that doing skulls is one of my favorite things to do? I am waiting with baited breath for the mail today. My friend Val, the Queen of Texture, and I did a private swap. We each did a background and sent it to the other. Then we added to each others work. I can't wait to see what she did, and to own a piece of her work.

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.