Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
what do you think?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Not 'Fine' art but fun! here is the progress with painting the Russian Dolls - I've now nearly finished the one of my daughter.
I am going to need to add a little white in the eyes and on the cat on this so will use acrylic.
I let the lines get a bit too heavy on the hair :>( - to leave or to paint in white acrylic to regain the light and then recolour? not sure yet as I think that might jar and not fit in.
Back to 'real' painting soon!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I will finish it off with spray varnish after using fixative - I think that should keep it ok.
what do you think?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I had a great idea for a Christmas present for my daughter - she doesn't read this so I can tell you!
When she had Sam last year I made a card based on her, her husband, new baby and cat as Russian Dolls.
Sketch planning a card for my daughter and new baby, Vivien Blackburn
I've decided to paint some Russian dolls based on this for Christmas this year and the blank, unpainted dolls arrived this morning :>)
I don't normally work in 3D so this will be a very different challeng
It will be a couple of days before I can start on them. I hope it works! Should I use acrylic paint on the bare wood? prime or varnish it first? what do you think? has anyone done this?
Saturday, November 08, 2008
A slide show of all the gorgeous work in my book :>) - hovering the mouse over an image will show the name of the artist
My book is home :>) and the sketchbook exchange is almost over :>( , I'm putting the finishing touches to Ronell's book and will post it on Monday I hope. Sorry I was a bit slow with this one Ronell.
Look at all these fabulous images and imaginative ideas.
The challenge that I set for my book was landscape/your surroundings, in any scale - huge vista or tiny detail - and to draw/paint a feather. I enclosed a pigeon feather and my book came back with several lovely feathers including one irridescent capercaillie feather from a military hat in Italy :>) So that's some feather sketches coming up soon!
I love the different twists and original ideas that people gave the themes - the bustling French market full of character being drawn by those feather quills (Ronell), the tumbling Italian towns, glowing fruit and irridescent feather (Robyn), the very original change of scale with the feather and figure and the lovely use of pattern in the background (Nina), the murky pool of fish that echo the feather shape (Glen), the vivid waterways and linoprint feather (Lindsay), the experimenting with collage, stamps and paint integrated into a landscape of houses (Casey), I simply couldn't pick out any one person's work - it's been great :>)
It has been so good to see peoples work in real life and have time to study it before sending it reluctantly on - and know that I would have several pieces of work from each participant at the end in my own book. It has given me ideas for my own work, looking at the way others use materials - nothing negative at all!
For how it worked, just look at the tags on the right of this blog and select sketchbook exchange and you can follow it through from the start - or go to our website to see more: http://flyingpictures.wordpress.com/
Has it made you want to set up a similar exchange?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I've got an exhibition next week with some friends at a local gallery. These are a few of the paintings I have going into it.
Life is a bit hectic with the exhibition, inspections at 2 of the colleges I teach at and family health problems continue :>(
This is also a try out of the slide show Casey Toussaint told me about, that she used to show her book in the FPP exchange so effectively - I''ll use it to show you my book if this works OK. Here is a link to see Casey's gorgeous book http://caseytoussaint.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/check-out-my-slide-show/ - not to mention a great blog :>) so do take a look.